• Latest employment figures show we need Brexit to put British workers first

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has said the latest employment statistics "showed why we need Brexit to put British workers first."

    Statistics released today by the ONS showed a dramatic increase in the number of non-UK EU workers active in the UK's labour market.

    "Because of EU enlargement and the free movement of people we have 2.15 million workers from the EU - a huge boon to multinational companies who can exploit the oversupply of labour to keep their wages low but not so good for the parts of Britain with serious unemployment problems.

    "In the north in particular we have black spots for youth unemployment which has a detrimental effect for the whole of society as some even see turning to crime as a career choice.

    "But what does the government and the Westminster elite care when it means they can get cheap nannies and cleaners.

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  • UKIP Commonwealth Spokesman demands recognition of Somaliland on its Independence Day

    On the 25th anniversary of Somaliland's self declared independence, UKIP Commonwealth spokesman James Carver MEP, a supporter and long time advocate of Somaliland's re-recognition on the international stage, has written to Somaliland's President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud, their Speaker, Irro Addullahi, and leading community members, to send his best wishes.

    He said, "On this auspicious day I am sending my sincere congratulations to the Somaliland people on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Somaliland independence. I look forward to the re-recognition of Somaliland by the international community, and remain committed to seeing Somaliland take its rightful place in the community of nations".

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  • UKIP response to MigrationWatch report

    steven.jpgSteven Woolfe the UKIP Immigration spokesman has responded to a study by MigrationWatch which points out that in 2014/15, the cost to the Exchequer of immigration was £17 billion, "Ultimately, the British taxpayer will be forced to pick up the bill for our reckless migration policy, as a member of the EU.

    "This report highlights a fundamental problem with the UK's migration policy in the EU, that only UKIP have been addressing. Some EU migrants make a net fiscal contribution, but this is offset by those who don't. Therefore the contribution made by some EU migrants is null and void. Whilst members of the EU, we do not have the ability to control the number of migrants coming into the UK, and until we do, we can not sufficiently plan and manage our future public services.

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  • What’s changed your mind Michael?

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport Spokesman Jill Seymour MEP has today responded to Michael O’Leary for comments he made in his recent interview on Sky News where he said that “Low air fares are a result of our membership of the single market”. But in a speech in 2011 Michael said “We all need to get the bloody hell out of Europe”.

    Mrs Seymour said “It is important to remember the EU and the Single Market are two very different things. Political Union does nothing to keep our air fares low and Michael has said that in the past, on numerous occasions, so why the change of heart?”

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  • Business leaders want freedom

    Margot_Parker.jpgUKIP’s small business spokesman Margot Parker hailed business leaders who have called on Britain to vote to leave the EU.

    The UKIP MEP for the East Midlands agreed with bosses who penned a letter saying the UK’s competitiveness was undermined by our membership.

    Margot said: “It’s a welcome boost to the campaign to leave – these business leaders are saying what we in UKIP have been saying – that our businesses aren’t free to operate while being strangled by red tape and EU dictats.

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  • Brussels plans for EU border and coastguard vote after UK referendum

    Mike_Hookem.jpegPlans for a European Border and Coastguard are being held back until after the UK referendum on June 23rd for fears of bolstering the campaign to leave, UKIP can reveal.

    The Regulation, which would allow the EU run organisation to enter the territory of a member state without permission if it feels there are grounds to do so has been quietly scheduled for initial voting in July. The move was described as "treacherous" by UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP.

    The proposal has been investigated by MPs in the EU scrutiny committee who have been asking the minister responsible, James Brokenshire, to inform them whether the government is planning to opt in or out of this regulation. Plans seen by UKIP show that the EU agency will have its staff more than doubled, including a rapid reserve pool of border guards. As the second biggest contributor to the EU budget, this means that British tax payers will be funding this expansion all the while their own border agency is being cut.

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  • Draft EU Budget delay slammed

    jonathan_arnott_1.jpgA decision to delay announcement of a draft EU budget until after the Referendum has been slammed by UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott.

    The budget for 2017 had been due for presentation on May 25 but it has now been put back until June 27 - four days after the UK vote on EU membership.

    “This is classic behaviour by these manipulative faceless bureaucrats. The Commission is treating people like mushrooms, keeping them in the dark and feeding them manure,” said Mr Arnott, who is a member of the EU’s Budget Committee.

    Members of the committee have been notified that the draft proposal requires extra preparation time in order to factor in new spending to deal with the migration crisis.

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  • Britain can trade around the world post-Brexit

    20160513_122041.jpgYesterday the Rt. Hon Winston Peters MP, a former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, was welcomed to an event held in the House of Lords to make a speech on the upcoming EU Referendum. The event was hosted by UKIP’s Leader in the House of Lords Lord Pearson of Rannoch and UKIP’s Commonwealth Spokesman James Carver MEP and Winston Peters was introduced by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.

    Mr Peters said, "The Commonwealth...  is now a dynamic powerhouse, crossing every time zone and trading session in the world.  It covers nearly 30 million square kilometres, almost a quarter of the World’s land area.  It’s members can be found in every single inhabited continent.  Together, we have a population of over 2.3 billion, nearly a third of the world’s population.  In 2014 the Commonwealth produced GDP of $10.45 trillion, a massive 17% of gross world product.  Seen that way the Commonwealth could be a colossus."

    "It has a diversity of markets the EU can only dream of, from first world economies to emerging markets with huge growth potential.  Part of the choice the UK faces is of a Europe, divided and indebted, or trade in the developed and emerging economies of The Commonwealth.  By 2050 the population of The Commonwealth will have increased by 30%, whilst the EU will have dropped by 2%.  GDP growth in the Eurozone has amounted to just 0.7% in recent years, Commonwealth GDP grew by 5%."

    He made it absolutely clear that a future out of the EU and trading with the world was something to be aspired to, "Anyone who thinks that the economy of the nation that once created the largest empire in history will be suddenly laid to ruin upon leaving the EU is greatly mistaken, or having left will be friendless, doesn’t understand history or realise when push comes to shove how deep Commonwealth bonds are. 

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  • What are they trying to hide?

    jonathan_arnott_1.jpgWhat are they trying to hide? That was the question on the lips of UKIP's EU Budget Spokesman Jonathan Arnott MEP, after the European Commission announced this week that it would delay the presentation of their draft budget for 2017 until after the British referendum scheduled for June 23.

    Officially, there is no link between the referendum and the delayed presentation of the budget, but Jonathan Arnott feels that this doesn't tell the full story.

    Jonathan Arnott, MEP for the North East of England, said, "The Commission has delayed the budget presentation until after June 23, claiming that it needs 'more time' to analyse the cost of the migration crisis. I think what they actually want is more money, not more time, and they don't dare ask us for it until after the referendum.

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  • True EU immigration figure 250,000 a year higher than first thought

    steven.jpgResponding to today's ONS report, Steven Woolfe MEP, UKIP's migration spokesman, commented:

    “The ONS seem to be saying ‘there is nothing to see here’, but they confirm that immigration to the UK is much higher than we first thought. It is a disgrace that the Government has tried to hide the true scale of EU immigration into this country.

    "Today’s National Insurance numbers further reinforce the fact that, whether migrants leave within 12 months of entering the UK or stay for the longer term, as a member of the EU, we have no control over our borders.

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