• 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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  • Europol's actions prove the threat of terrorism via the Balkan Migrant route

    steven.jpgEuropol, the European Police Agency, are sending experts into the migrant camps in Greece to search for terrorists. They accept what UKIP has been saying for years that terrorists are taking advantage of “the flow of thousands of refugees” coming to Europe, and disguising themselves in order to sneak in amongst them, according to Manuel Navarrete Paniagua, head of Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre.

    Steven Woolfe MEP, the UKIP Migration spokesman said, "This action itself is an acknowledgement that Europe is vulnerable to potential terrorists using the migrant trail to enter Europe. While this is a positive move for the situation we are currently in, it is not guaranteed to have any meaningful effect. For the victims of multiple terrorist attacks over the past 12 months, this is too little too late considering the million plus migrants who entered Europe last year, from the Middle East.

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  • Why SMEs are better off out of the EU

    Margot_3.jpgUKIP Small Business Spokesman Margot Parker, MEP for the East Midlands, has outlined how small business owners would reap the benefits of Britain being out of the EU.

    "There are many reasons why we would be better off out - and small businesses would thrive away from the red tape tangles and over-regulation of the EU."

    Here are just some of them:

    - The EU is designed to help large corporations - NOT small companies
    - As few as five per cent of SMEs export to the EU, yet 100 per cent have to comply with EU regulations
    - SMEs import more from outside the EU than from EU member states
    - It can cost SMEs up to 10 times as much per employee to administer EU compliance compared to a large company

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  • Pubs want out

    Paul_Nuttall_3.jpgPaul Nuttall MEP the UKIP Deputy Leader and long term campaigner for British pubs has welcomed a survey of the hospitality industry released today that has the industry supporting Leave.

    The survey, conducted by William Reed/HIM has the whole industry lining up on the "Leave" campaign by 39% to 37% for 'Remain'. When small businesses including pubs themselves are singled out the difference is far greater with a full 46% planning to vote out.

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage responds to the PM's EU speech

    Nigel_Farage.jpegUKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "Far from being a cause of peace, the European Union has increased hostility in Europe.

    "Ultimately it is a lack of democracy that leads to war and conflict. The EU's crushing of democracy in Greece has led to the rise of extreme parties such as Golden Dawn.

    "Does Mr. Cameron really think the violent clashes in Athens last night represent peace?

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  • Whittle and Kurten win seats on London Assembly, first time for UKIP in more than 10 years

    Screenshot_24.pngUKIP's lead candidates in the London Assembly elections, Peter Whittle and David Kurten have won seats in the London Assembly, the first time in more than 10 years that the party has earned representation on the powerful body that scrutinises the Mayor of London.

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