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Posted on August 26
UKIP Policy Chief Mark Reckless says it is high time politicians in Wales woke up to the disastrous impact energy policy is having on industry, putting thousands of jobs at stake
In yet another blow to Wales, Tata Steel has announced mothballing its plant in Llanwern, signalling the loss of 250 jobs. This comes just a year after the steel giant announced closing its site in Port Talbot, costing 400 jobs. Last month Tata closed two sites in Yorkshire blaming ‘crippling high electricity costs’
“Announcements like these spell disaster for hundreds of people whose jobs rely on a thriving industrial sector. With hopeless energy policy driving up operational costs to unmanageable levels, massive companies like Tata are closing plants in Wales in favour of cheaper sites elsewhere. The real impact on the Welsh economy must not be underestimated.Continue reading...
Posted on August 26
Reports that small businesses are closing due to the new EU digital VAT rules introduced at the turn of the year have been met with dismay by UKIP's Margot Parker.
The party's East Midlands MEP and small business spokesman warned at the UKIP conference in Margate in the spring that small businesses would be hammered by the controversial VAT MOSS rules, which were introduced in January.
Now, her worst fears are being realised as just six months into the new set-up, reports show micro-businesses are closing down.
She said: "This was our fear all along - just a few months down the line, small businesses are being seriously harmed.
"We are hearing of closures and hardship - exactly as we predicted and feared and exactly why UKIP was opposed to this legislation.Continue reading...
Posted on August 25
Commenting on the Government announcement that migrants working illegally face being sent to jail, UKIP Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said:
"This must be the week that the net migration numbers come out since this announcement has to be one of the most stupid ideas yet from a Government utterly bereft of a clue on how to deal with the migration crisis. It’s an idea dreamed up the Conservative Party’s PR department to camouflage Thursday’s ONS immigration statistics which will show that yet gain the government has lost control of Britain’s borders.
“Sending illegally working immigrants to gaol will cost a fortune, put huge pressure on the prison system, add treacle to the already gummed up courts system with the possibility of remand and appeals stretching into a Human Rights Act horizon and keep the immigrants on our shores. Instead the Government should deport them. If they are illegally working they have broken the law. It’s that simple.Continue reading...
Posted on August 22
Nigel Farage: Immigration will be the defining issue of this EU referendum campaign.
"When the referendum comes, the British people will finally have their chance to reject these open borders by saying No to the European Union." Read Nigel Farage's article in today's Telegraph.Continue reading...
Posted on August 20
Responding to today’s ‘Gold Command’ declaration on the Calais migrant crisis by the French and British governments, UKIP’s Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe commented:Continue reading...
“Throughout this crisis the response of both governments has been lamentable and knee jerk. This latest declaration is yet another of example of this. Over the summer lorry drivers and passengers suffered the consequences of the British and French government’s inability to develop cohesive long term solutions. The UK government has finally woken up to the logistics and security threat that migrant flash mobs in the Port pose to a major transport artery to and from Britain. The French Authorities, as usual don't care about the British problem, are prioritising receiving EU money for rebuilding Calais port over the migrant camps. Neither government has the political will, ideas or care to address the cause of the problem in this declaration which is the extraordinary flow of illegal migrants into Europe."