At a time when Matthew Hancock, the Business Minister, is berating British businesses for not employing enough British workers, an EU-funded jobs website is advertising more than 800,000 UK jobs to people from the 27 other member states, despite unemployment in the UK reaching 2.52 million.
The closure of the Ford transit factory in Southampton has been branded as "scandalous" by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, with production moving from Swaythling to Turkey thanks to the European Investment Fund.
This is purely the result of the European Investment Bank offering a €190 million loan for Ford’s relocation last December. The EIB is the bank of the European Union.
Paul Nuttall MEP the UKIP Deputy Leader has written to Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union, calling on him to treat his members with fairness and decency and open the union's political fund out beyond the confines of the Labour party.
The letter reads:
Dear Mr McCluskey
I read with interest the recent poll of Unite's members by Lord Ashcroft, who found that 12% of your membership would individually choose to join the Labour Party (if contributions to the political fund were no longer attributed automatically).
UKIP leader Nigel Farage today accused ministers of mounting a “nasty Big Brother” billboard campaign against illegal immigrants in an attempt to stop defections to his anti-EU party.
“What the billboards should say is, 'Please, don’t vote UKIP, we’re doing something',” Mr Farage said. “That’s what it’s all about, of course it is.
“I think the actual tone of the billboards is nasty, unpleasant, Big Brother. I don’t think using messages like this will make any difference. What will make a difference is enforcing our borders properly.”
The European Commission’s latest Eurobarometer survey released yesterday sees 60% of respondents saying they “tend not to trust” the EU, an increase of 3% compared with the previous survey.
This figure included 83% of Cypriots, 80% of Greeks, 75% of Spaniards and 71% of Portuguese.
Citizens also expressed concern over the political workings of the 28-nation bloc, with 67 per cent disagreeing with the statement, "My voice counts in the European Union", viewing the EU as remote from their everyday lives.
News that the UK is Europe's top destination for foreign investment demonstrates Britain's global potential, according to UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall.
"The fact that three of the four top investing nations were outside of the EU – America, India and Malaysia – demonstrates the UK's global potential," said Mr Nuttall.
The Coalition's plans to scare illegal immigrants into leaving the country with billboards have been derided by UKIP as a pathetic approach to the issue of illegal immigration.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “We don’t even know how many migrants are here to the nearest million, and this absurd attempt to be seen to be doing something will earn the contempt of anyone unfortunate enough to see it.