• Freedom of speech is vital for business

    Following the news that the boss of the British Chambers of Commerce, John Longworth has been suspended for expressing the view that Britain would be better off leaving the EU, Christopher Mills, the UKIP business spokesman said,

    "John Longworth may not represent the views of all of his members, however he has a fundamental right, at least for now, to express his views, views which he made clear were his own and not of the BCC.

    "Freedom of speech is vital for the good functioning of both society and business and it shocking that the BCC should threaten his livelihood for expressing a point of view that is accepted by millions of ordinary people in this country

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  • Swiss Government tear up free movement of people with the EU

    william.jpgIn a devastating indictment of the failures of EU migration policies the Swiss Government has placed legislation in its Parliament that will set EU migrant quotas. Currently Switzerland allows EU citizens free access, but this has caused huge problems in Switzerland. In response to this Switzerland unveiled tough draft legislation for unilateral curbs on immigration should it fail to agree with the EU by early next year on limiting the influx of foreigners. They want to have a mutual agreement with the EU, but will act unilaterally if no such agreement is forthcoming.

    William Dartmouth MEP, Trade Spokesman and recently appointed Deputy Chairman commented, "It's a devastating rejection of the EU's free movement of people and the 'In' campaigns assertion that you cannot have free trade without free movement of people.

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  • Tusk's plea too little, too late to stop vast migrant flow

    Diane_James.jpgEuropean Council president, Donald Tusk has told economic migrants to stop coming to Europe in an apparent change of policy or at least tone. Responding UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokesman, and Deputy Party Chairman, Diane James MEP said:

    “This is too little too late to stop the vast migrant flow into Europe. The siren call of Angela Merkel has already gone out and a weak plea by Tusk not to come, will have no impact whatsoever.

    "I would like to know did Tusk consult Angela Merkel before he said this because she certainly didn’t consult anybody before she gave her ‘Come All Ye’. She consulted neither the other heads of national governments nor even her own party in Germany.

    "The numbers of people we are talking about is huge. The European Commission has estimated that 3 million migrants will come to the EU by 2017. This is just another reason why Britain should leave the EU’s political union and take back control of our own borders. As Paris and Cologne incidents have shown there is a huge security risk in this huge wave of immigration."

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  • EU plan to raise duty on e-cigarettes an act of folly

    LouiseBours.pngIn response to news that the European Union is to enforce tax hikes on e-cigarettes to place them in the same duty bracket as tobacco, UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours said: "All this will do is discourage people from vaping, which even Public Health England say is 95% safer than smoking cigarettes.

    "Only 24 hours ago we learned from a study by the University College London that 20,000 people a year give up smoking tobacco and use e-cigarettes instead. They also found that while just 5% of smokers trying to give up without help are actually successful in staying off tobacco, those who vape as an alternative have a 50% success rate of quitting smoking.

    "When you look at those figures and realise how many lives could be being saved, as well as the savings that would bring to the NHS, it makes the EU's idea of raising taxes on potential life-saving devices look like an act of sheer folly.

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  • UKIP's Small Business Spokesman has backed more than 200 bosses of firms who have signed an open letter urging Britain to leave the EU

    Margot_3.jpgUKIP's Small business Spokesman has backed more than 200 bosses of firms who have signed an open letter urging Britain to leave the EU. East Midlands MEP Margot Parker said the letter - which urges people to vote for 'Brexit' proves the strength of feeling among small business owners, who are sick of being entangled in EU red tape.

    She said: "I was delighted to see the open letter published by small business owners - even more so when seeing the signatories came from a variety of sectors and industries. I know from speaking to small business owners all over the country how much of a burden EU over-regulation is to them. The needless extra administration, which can cost small businesses up to ten time as much per employee as it does a big company, stifles growth, discourages innovation and stops them expanding and creating jobs.

    "Only about 10 per cent of British businesses export to the EU but all have to comply with what the EU says. Free from the EU our small businesses, which are the back bone of the British economy, would be free to thrive

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  • The 'In' crowd admit that wages will rise on Brexit

    JaneCollins.jpgUKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP responds to Lord Rose, official chairman of the 'remain' campaign who told the Treasury Select Committee Brexit would increase pay but "That's not necessarily a good thing"

    "Contrary to what a multi millionaire, ermine clad member of the peerage said I can tell you that people across the UK would be delighted to have higher wages, particularly if that meant they did not need to rely on tax credits and could afford decent clothes and healthy food as well as paying the gas bill.

    "Because of mass migration wages have been pushed down to the very minimum and people are still choosing between heating and eating. That's without even going into those British people who have been desperately seeking work.

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  • UKIP responds to Dave's Dodgy Dossier

    william_d.jpgIn response to the Government paper on Brexit , UKIP Trade spokesman William Dartmouth MEP said: "A Cabinet Office report has examined several arrangements for trading outside the EU and claims that these alternatives would lead to higher tariffs than those faced by the UK as an EU member - and that such tariffs could be passed on to British consumers as higher prices.

    "But the facts are the opposite of what this report suggests.  On joining the then European Economic Community in 1973, the UK had to cancel pre-existing trade agreements that it enjoyed with the countries of the Commonwealth - which allowed the UK to enjoy low food prices.  Their cancellation via EU membership forced the UK to apply the EU's Common External Tariff - and as a result, drastically raised UK food prices.  Over the period 1973-2004, the price of flour in the UK rose 360%; sugar 650%; and butter 660%.

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  • Shocking figures on tariffs PROVE EU is killing off Welsh steel

    Nathan_Gill.jpgFigures comparing tariffs imposed on China by the USA and the EU for dumping cheap steel show exactly why the EU is killing off Welsh industry, says UKIP Wales Leader Nathan Gill. The US announcement of tariffs of 266% on Chinese steel contrast dramatically with the 16% levy Europe Union introduced last month, and will make matters worse as the far east diverts even more imports here.

    "We in UKIP have been joining the dots and pointing at the role of the EU in the destruction of UK steel, which is being constantly undermined by cheap Chinese imports.

    "As a member of the EU we have given up our seat on the World Trade Organisation and rely on the European Commission to prevent steel dumping by imposing strict tariffs. These figures show just how little the EU has done to help, as well as rising energy costs, largely due to EU carbon reduction objectives.

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  • UKIP's latest Party Political Broadcast on the housing crisis

    UKIP's London Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle writes: "Tonight at 18.55 on BBC One (just before The One Show) and at 18.25 on ITV, UKIP's latest Party Political Broadcast will be shown. The short film looks at the impact that immigration has had on our limited housing stock.

    "I have spent the last few weeks as UKIP's mayoral candidate meeting Londoners and finding out what problems they have had in getting on the housing ladder, as well as seeing for myself some of the cramped conditions families are being forced to live in. This is unacceptable. While other politicians talk about the need to build more houses, none of them will address the primary reason why we’re facing a housing crisis: due to the unprecedented impact that uncontrolled immigration has had on Britain’s housing stock.

    "UKIP will continue to campaign for an Australian style points system to ensure that we can properly plan for housing, as well as healthcare, education and infrastructure as a whole."

    Watch the Party Political Broadcast this evening or by clicking below.

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  • Spring Conference 2016 - Speeches

    Nigel Farage MEP

    Paul Nuttall MEP 

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