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  • EU rules stop us taxing Google

    osborne_google_Facebook2.pngOnly by leaving the EU will we be able to fairly tax firms like Google. EU taxation rules stop Britain from making multinationals like Google pay their fair share George Osborne has admitted. Speaking in Brussels at the European finance ministers summit (ECOFIN) on Friday, Osborne blamed EU taxation rules for his impotence. In particular the rules governing what are called 'Transfer pricing'.

    Talking about the EU's latest proposed to introduce greater transparency in reporting taxation, based on an OECD model Osborne said, "This directive, for perfectly understandable reasons it is not the right directive, does not address the transfer pricing issue. The transfer pricing issue has been one of the issues that has caused greatest concern. This is where companies artificially shift profits and therefore can not be taxed on where the economic activity took place that generates those profits took place. It is one of the most complicated areas of the international tax law."

    Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader said, "This is a devastating admission from the Chancellor. Current, and even proposed EU rules, will continue to allow firms like Google to stick two fingers at the British treasury and British taxpayers. It blows a huge hole in any argument that it is in Britain's economic interest to stay in the European Union."

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  • Rising security concerns for British forces in German migrant crisis deeply troubling

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has described rising security concerns at British military bases due to the German migrant crisis as “deeply troubling” saying, “the MoD and military leadership must take the threats posed by the situation seriously and fully address the concerns of troops and their families where necessary.”

    Mr Hookem spoke out after reports came to light of hoaxes at British military camps; threats to women walking dogs late at night; and assaults in Paderborn, which like many others Germany cities, has received an influx of migrants due to the on-going crisis in Europe.

    “Reports that members of the British armed forces and their families in Germany are being targeted by migrants are deeply troubling and every possible measure must be taken to ensure their safety”, said Mr Hookem.

    “The migrant crisis does not only pose traditional security risks to armed forces personnel, but also previously unforeseen threats to their families, especially women and girls.”

    “While the Royal Military Police are keen to downplay these incidents for obvious reasons, the wave of violence and sexual assaults that have swept Germany must be deeply worrying.”

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  • Busting the EU Myths

    BustingtheMyths.pngUKIP MEP Roger Helmer writes: If you’re undecided on the Brexit question, I hope this will help you to make up your mind. And if (as I hope) you’re campaigning for Brexit, this may help with some of the most frequently-asked questions.

    “If we leave, there’ll be 3½ million jobs at risk”. Not true. The jobs depend on trade, not membership, and the trade will continue. We buy far more from the EU than they buy from us – so if 3½ million UK jobs depend on EU/UK trade, it follows that five or six million continental jobs depend on it too. They need us. We should be worrying about the jobs we’re losing now, as a result of EU membership. Ask the steel workers, who lost their jobs because of the EU’s energy policies, and failure to counter Chinese dumping.

    “We need to be in the Single Market for trade”. Not true. The largest sources of imports into the EU are Russia, China and the USA. They’re not members of the Single Market – they don’t even have preferential trade deals. Yet they sell huge quantities of goods into the Single Market. Dozens of countries around the world trade successfully with Europe – and so will Britain after Brexit.

    “Even if we leave, we’ll still be subject to EU rules”. Not true. Pro-EU campaigners constantly talk about “the Norwegian model”. But Norway is a quasi-associate-member of the EU. After Brexit, the UK will be an independent nation, like Canada or the USA or China or South Korea. They don’t obey EU rules. Nor will we.

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  • Nigel Farage on Question Time tonight

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage will appear on BBC Question Time, BBC1 at 10.45PM this evening. Make sure you tune in to support Nigel and Tweet along using the hashtag #bbcqt 

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  • Cameron's Emergency Brake is #EmergencyFake

    UKIP has today released a new video which slams David Cameron's Emergency Brake as an #EmergencyFake.

    The video which includes UKIP Leader Nigel Farage's reaction to Cameron's renegotiation can be seen here:

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  • UKIP opposed to harmonising drink driving limits with the rest of Europe

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegThe drink-driving limit in England and Wales could be slashed by a third - making it illegal to drive after just one pint of beer or a glass of wine, it has been suggested. Transport Minister Andrew Jones has suggested Westminster could follow the example of Scotland which lowered the limit from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg in 2014. The new limit is equivalent to a pint of beer or a large glass of wine for men and half a pint or a small glass for women.

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage: “I am completely opposed to harmonising drink driving limits with the rest of Europe. They have much lower penalties than we do.

    "It's clear that a combination of lower limits and higher penalties will lead to the closure of thousands more pubs in villages and small towns across the country. Everybody knows that drink driving is dangerous but this draconian act will have huge adverse social implications."

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  • UKIP supports Grassroots Out in its bid for 'Leave' campaign designation

    vY0_0G_F.jpgToday, the National Executive Committee of UKIP, along with its MEPs and its Local Councillors Association announced that they would be backing the application of the Grassroots Out campaign in its bid to be recognised by the Electoral Commission as the lead 'Leave' group in the forthcoming referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

    UKIP Party Chairman Steve Crowther said, "We have been hoping and working for a rapprochement between the two main contenders for the designation, Vote.Leave and Leave.EU. Unfortunately that has proved elusive. Meanwhile, Grassroots Out has emerged as the genuinely cross party, well organised, energetic campaigning group, which has the momentum and is drawing in support from all quarters. We felt it was time to make a decision and get out on the campaign trail."

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  • Motorists likely to bear brunt of Osborne's miscalculations

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    Drivers are almost certainly set to be hit in the wallet after a £3 billion hole was discovered in George Osborne’s spending plans, warns Paul Nuttall MEP.

    The independent think tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), has found a gaping £3 billion black hole in Osborne’s spending plans. The IFS says the most likely way for Mr Osborne to fill that gap would be to increase fuel duty – despite the Tories’ 2015 general election manifesto promising not to do that.

    Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West and Ukip deputy leader, said: “As normal, the greedy eyes of Number 11 Downing Street have got motorists in their sights

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  • UKIP Councillors Association Chairman calls for Councillors to endorse Grassroots Out

    David_Sprason.jpgFollowing Friday’s announcement of unanimous support by UKIP MEPs for the Brexit campaign Grassroots Out, the Chairman of the UKIP Councillors Association David Sprason has called for all UKIP Councillors to follow suit and back Grassroots Out.

    David Sprason said "It is clear to me that the only group who are actually engaging with people on the doorstep is 'Grassroots Out'. It reflects the work UKIP Councillors carry out on a regular basis so I think it is time that all UKIP Councillors support and get behind Grassroots Out. It has proved to be a truly cross party campaign working to get us out of the undemocratic EU"

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  • UKIP’s Justice and Home Affairs spokesman responds to the Prime Minister’s speech on prison reform

    Diane.jpegCommenting on the Prime Minister’s speech on prison reform today, Diane James MEP, UKIP’s Justice and Home Affairs spokesman said: “When he was Justice Secretary Ken Clarke relaxed sentences and let out prisoners early yet the Prison system is still overwhelmed and creaking at the seams. Unless the Government takes steps to reduce overcrowding David Cameron’s justifiable concerns will be seen as nothing more than crocodile tears.

    “On almost every level the Government is failing the Prison service. Staff, particularly at public sector jails, have been consistently cut over the past few years and we are now witnessing the consequences. Suicides are up. Recidivist rates are up. Assaults on staff up. Violence in prisons is up.

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