• EU forces online SMEs to register for VAT from Jan 1st 2015

    Margot_3.jpgFrom January 1st all small business entrepreneurs who sell online to the EU will be forced to register for VAT.

    The new regulations were designed to take more VAT from online giants such as Amazon but will now load new regulations and burdens onto small businesses. Online microbusinesses which sell anything to EU customers will be forced to register for VAT even if their turnover is under the £81,000 threshold.

    Margot Parker MEP, UKIP's spokesman for small business, said: "The EU, in its relentless desire to increase its take from VAT, is determined to load more VAT demands on the shoulders of British entrepreneurs. This new Brussels tax grab will without doubt force thousands of micro-businesses to shut down."

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  • Patrick O’Flynn MEP responds to government 'SPADS' bill passing £8m

    patch.jpgUKIP’s Economic Spokesman Patrick O’Flynn has said it is “very disappointing” that the cost of government Special Advisers has gone up by 17% in a year to £8.4 million.

    Six advisers are being paid £100,000 or more, with the list topped by David Cameron's chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and his director of communications Craig Oliver, who each received £140,000.

    Patrick O’Flynn MEP said: “These figures are very disappointing when you consider that the government has at the same time failed get a handle on Britain’s spiralling debt and fiscal deficit.

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  • EU expecting 'huge gift from Santa', says UKIP's EU Budget Spokesman, Jonathan Arnott

    jonthan.jpgThe EU is expecting a ‘huge gift from Santa’, according to UKIP’s EU Budget Spokesman, Jonathan Arnott, as EU leaders gather in Brussels to discuss a €315 billion investment fund proposed by EU President, Jean – Claude Juncker.

    The fund, unveiled towards the end last month, is planned to result in €315bn investment in the EU economy in the forthcoming years, using a guarantee of €16 billion from the EU budget and €5 billion from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

    Getting from €21bn to €315bn represents a leverage ratio of 15, a figure that has triggered fierce criticism that the European Commission is merely using figures which ‘don’t add up’.

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  • Further defence cuts are utter madness in a world aflame with conflict

    Mike_Hookem.jpgMike Hookem MEP, UKIP’s Defence Spokesman has branded further cuts to the UK defence budget as, “utter madness in a world aflame with conflict.”

    His comments came after Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon suggested that a future Tory Government might well cut military budgets even further.

    Mr. Hookem said; “To further reduce the defence budget and troop numbers in the current climate is utter madness, as the world is currently aflame with conflict. In this year alone there have been flashpoints in the Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, not to mention recent terrorist incidents in Pakistan, Australia, Canada and the US. We need armed forces that are well resourced, properly manned and fit for purpose, a situation that would be hard to achieve if further cut were to be made. This could seriously inhibit our ability to defend British interests around the world; could damage our security at home and would put further strain on our already over stretched and under resourced troops.”

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  • EU Commission Work and Investment Programme based on fantasy economics

    Warming to the Christmas spirit, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP lampooned Commission President Juncker about this proposed EU investment fund which will be leveraged 15 times.

    In a debate today in the European Parliament Paul Nuttall MEP said: "The central feature of the agenda is Mr Juncker's investment plan where somehow he is going to magically turn 21 billion euro into 300 billion euro. Well now to get into to festive spirit, it reminds me of the Pogues classic song 'A Fairy Tale in New York' because what we are witnessing here today is 'A Fairy Tale in Strasbourg'.

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  • Drop in unemployment is welcome, but more needs to be done

    JaneCollins.jpgJane Collins, UKIP’s employment spokesman, has today ‘welcomed’ the latest fall in unemployment figures, but expressed ‘grave concerns’ that not enough is being done to tackle wage compression; exclusive recruitment from other EU countries and the divide between London and the rest of the country.

    Jane, commenting on official figures released today, that showed UK unemployment in the three months to October fell 63,000 to 1.96 million, said; “While I welcome any fall in the unemployment figures, much more still needs to be done. This is especially true in the north, where long term unemployment, lack of investment, wage compression and competition for jobs between EU migrant and indigenous workers are all still huge problems.”

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  • More must be done to train nurses in this country

    Louise_Bours.jpgMore must be done to train nurses in this country - and urgently, said UKIP Health spokesman Louise Bours today.

    Her comments come in the wake of a shock report from the Health Service Journal showing almost three-quarters of hospital trusts have been driven to recruiting overseas.

    "While we have always had some foreign nurses working in the NHS it is now getting out of control and we cannot go ignoring the situation," said Ms Bours, North West MEP.

    "This shortage of home grown registered nurses should never have been allowed to develop and cutting 10,000 training posts since the last General Election has plainly been a massive mistake. I believe one of the ways to address this is to scrap the insistence on university degrees.

    "We need to go back to learning on the job backed up with classroom training which would help tackle this staffing crisis. Nursing is about caring and practical experience on the wards dealing with real patients is worth its weight in gold.

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  • EU’s airport strategy is ‘outrageous’ waste of our money

    Jill_Seymour.jpegThe European Union’s airport strategy has been branded an outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money by UKIP’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour.

    Millions of euros of have been wasted on too many airports, and on airports that are too close together and do not attract enough passengers, according to the European Court of Auditors.

    A staggering 38 million euros worth of infrastructure is not being used at all, according to the damning ‘EU funded airport infrastructures: poor value for money’ report.

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  • Another report shows UK immigration system is completely flawed

    StevenWoolfe.jpegToday has seen the publication of the latest report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, responding to it UKIP Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: “This is yet another report that shows the UK immigration system is completely flawed.

    "This government’s attitude to immigration is simply unworkable and hopeless. Not only has the Theresa May failed to bring down net migration to the tens of thousands, she has failed to put the correct system in place to track those migrants whose visas have expired. May’s record on immigration is in a dire state. In essence she has failed in her duty as the Home Secretary.

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  • Mr Juncker, you are competent, dangerous and doomed to fail

    Mr Juncker, you are competent, dangerous and doomed to fail, is what UKIP Leader Nigel Farage told European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker in a debate on the Commission Work Programme 2015 in the European Parliament today.

    Far from the advertised New Start Commission, Mr Farage, said the new Commission has "got five former Prime Ministers in it, it's got four former Prime Ministers in it, its got nineteen former government ministers in it, it's got seven former Commissioners in it. I don't know about some bright new fresh start for Europe, it looks a bit more like the knackers yard for failed domestic politicians."

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