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Posted on November 24
A report today passed in the European Parliament has called for an EU seat on the UN Security Council and for the two permanent European members, the UK and France, to promote "common EU positions" on the council. UKIP's William Dartmouth MEP attempted to enter an amendment in the report calling for the UK's position on the Security Council to remain untouched. This amendment was circulated to every other UK MEP asking for support but not a single MEP, bar UKIP, offered their backing which led to the amendment being dropped without a vote.
James Carver UKIP MEP and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee commented, "Time and time again we see the EU attempting to erode the UK's influence on the Security Council. The EU is repeating itself like a broken record and it is time we finally drew a line under this; the UK's UN Security Council seat is not up for negotiation.
"I'm disappointed to see Labour MEPs backing this report and ignoring William Dartmouth's amendment. In a particularly sensitive time, it's shameful that their MEPs have once again put the EU's neo-colonialist ambition ahead of Britain's influence and security."
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Posted on November 23
UKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has said today's announcement "includes many welcome measures" but warned that, "The devil is in the details".Continue reading...
Speaking just after the announcement of the SDSR 2015 in Parliament, Mr Hookem said, "Mr Cameron can make statements about a military with more ships, more aircraft and new equipment, but following the 2010 review the UK's military has been at its smallest since the mid 19th century and our country has been left weakened.”
"His headline policy of two 5000 strong 'strike brigades' does not mean extra soldiers, it means reallocating already overstretched troops to new duties, rather than building our forces capabilities through a commitment to expanding personnel numbers.”
“This is all too typical of the type of smoke and mirrors defence policy we have come to expect from the Conservatives. In the summer they tried to fox voters with their creative accounting, slipping spending on security services into the defence budget to meet NATO's two per cent spending obligations.
Even before the House of Commons has voted, Britain is now being dragged into military action in SyriaPosted on November 23
It has been announced today that Britain has offered the French air force the use of RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus to mount air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria with the offer including help to refuel French fighters make long-range sorties against the militants.
Though it has been not reported widely, a clarification statement by the Ministry of Defence confirms that the offer comes under Article 42 of the Lisbon Treaty, a clause which was invoked last week for the first time in the European Unions's history by the French government triggering mutual defence among the 28 EU member states.
In response UKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP said; "While I don't think anyone would object to the French using RAF Akrotiri as a diversionary airfield; for me this is the first steps in a concerted attempt by the EU to create an EU Army, with the assets being grabbed from member states such as the UK."
"I am also deeply concerned that the offer by David Cameron to use sovereign UK territory to be used as a base for French aircraft to bomb Syria, is pre-emptive of the vote for UK involvement that was announced in the SDSR statement today."
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage added: "Even before the House of Commons has voted, Britain is now being dragged into military action in Syria as France now have the option of operating from an RAF base under an EU treaty."
Posted on November 20
Responding to calls by the European Commission to establish an EU-wide intelligence agency in the wake of the Paris attacks, UKIP's Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman, Diane James MEP said:
"Schengen's open border idea allows free movement for terrorists and has resulted in mass murder in Paris.
"For our national security, there must be a return to national border controls and checking of the origin and credentials of those who are crossing borders.
"There is a clear necessity that Islamist terrorists, their ideas, their money and their weapons no longer be given a free pass around Europe because of Schengen. It is a European political dream which is turning into a security nightmare."Continue reading...
Posted on November 19
UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has accused the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency of badly mishandling the introduction of new working terms for its staff.
“I feel huge sympathy for the people whose driving tests have been cancelled this week as a result of strike action by examiners, who have walked out alongside other vehicle and traffic safety staff,” she said.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is pressing ahead with plans to extend the working day and increase the number of driving tests which examiners would be expected to carry out. Examiners claim the move could breach legislation on conducting elements of the test in "good daylight", as it would be impossible to conduct all tests in daylight hours during the winter.
Mrs Seymour said: “I do sympathise with these staff who are going to be taking on a greater workload, and I am concerned that forcing them to hold tests at night may well be illegal. The Public and Commercial Services Union is calling on the DVSA to conduct thorough research before making any changes, which seems a perfectly reasonable request. But in the meantime, the DVSA, the transport minister responsible, and the staff should all get round the table to resolve this for the benefit of all – the staff, and the general public who are sat on waiting lists.Continue reading...