• UKIP says "breath of fresh air" as EU national governments lift limits on methane emissions and leave British cattle free to belch

    Stuart-Agnew-in-Plenary1.jpgUKIP Agricultural Spokesman Stuart Agnew MEP says British farmers, who had the wind up over proposed EU caps on methane emissions, will be relieved that national Governments have rejected the limits.

    EU proposals to put stringent limits for certain air pollutants in each EU member state, including the methane gas produced by microbes in the stomachs of cattle and sheep during digestion of grass, were refreshingly rejected today.

    Approval of the caps, under the National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive, would have resulted in double regulation due to existing commitments relating to EU’s 2030 climate and energy package.

    British livestock farmers were worried that the caps would have a massive impact on them.

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  • UK tourism figures released today provides even more clear evidence that the government is not doing enough to support UK tourism

    William_Cash_at_desk_library_.jpgThe encouraging UK tourism figures today released by the Office for National Statistics show that UK tourism is about to surpass the contribution to the UK economy from the financial services industry and provides even more clear evidence that the government is not doing enough to support the UK tourism industry with representation at the Cabinet table, says UKIP's Heritage and Tourism spokesman William Cash.

    'In its Manifesto, UKIP has called for the government to create a new Ministry of State for Heritage and Tourism to support one of the fastest growing and important escorts of the UK economy, especially for migrant workers' says Cash. 'Yet there remains no Minister of State for Heritage and tourism - contributing over £126 billion to the UK economy – languishes under the portfolio of Equalities and Sport. This must be addressed with tourism given a seat at the top table of government, ideally with a Cabinet position'.

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  • Action is needed to tackle Dartford Crossing charging chaos

    jill.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour is calling for urgent action to untangle the ‘shambolic’ road charging system at London’s Dartford Crossing.

    Six months after toll booths were removed and replaced with a new ‘Dart Charge’ number plate recognition system, complaints are mounting from drivers.

    Some are being charged in error, and others are facing fines because they claim not to have seen, or understood, road signs explaining the new system.

    Mrs Seymour said: "The Dartford Crossing toll charge is not only wrong as a matter of principle, but it has now come to light that hundreds of people daily are being caught not paying.

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  • BBC must disclose its £22m-plus interest in Britain's continued membership of the EU

    PaulNuttall1.jpgUKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP has today written to Lord Hall, Director-General of the BBC, pointing out that the corporation does not disclose in its coverage of the EU the tens of millions of pounds which it receives from the European Commission: "An examination of the European Commission's website discloses that between 2007 and 2013 the BBC received €30.2m, approximately £22.1m, from the commission. Millions more have been paid since."

    "The debate on the referendum of Britain's membership of the EU is clearly one in which the BBC has a duty to observe impartiality in its coverage. I am concerned however that the BBC, should it continue on present form, will fail in this duty."

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  • Do you agree with Tim?

    Do you agree with Tim Aker MEP? We do not need to be part of the EU to trade with it.

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  • UKIP does not support interference by the European Commission in any aspect of funding for British political parties

    PaulNuttall1.jpgUKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall: "UKIP are appalled that both the British Conservatives and Labour in the European Parliament have today voted for the European Commission to interfere in British laws on funding for political parties."

    "UKIP does not support interference by the European Commission in any aspect of funding for British political parties. UKIP supports the laws which are already in place in Britain which prohibit foreign funding of political parties."

    "We do not want to establish a precedent for the European Commission to interfere in any way with the laws the British parliament makes on funding, and we are appalled to find that both the British Conservative and Labour MEPs voted in favour of establishing this precedent."

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  • Proposals put to the Migration Advisory Committee are a smoke screen

    Steven_Woolfe.jpegThe Prime Minister has today announced that the Migration Advisory Committee is to consider new measures to reduce demand for migrant labour. Responding to the news UKIP Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said: 

    "These proposals put to the Migration Advisory Committee are a smoke screen. It is a classic case of talking the talk, but when reality kicks, they fail to walk the walk on immigration.I welcome the fact that the government has finally recognised that only by having strict controls on work migration can they actually reduce overall net migration.

    "Although these proposals sets out tougher restrictions on Non EEA Work Migration, they are failing to tackle work migration from inside the EU. This is because, any government of any colour, can not control any category of migration from inside the EU. The current EU president, Juncker has already made clear that 'Free movement' of people inside the European Union is non negotiable in future negotiations between the EU and Britain and will remain indefinitely.

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  • Nigel Farage says: "Cowardly EU is running scared of millions of people who oppose the global corporatism of TTIP"

    Nigel.jpgToday Nigel Farage, MEP and leader of UKIP, said: "In my 17 years as an MEP I've never received so much communication from the public on a proposed piece of legislation. The TTIP has concerned millions of people across the European Union. They have bombarded their MEPs with phone calls, letters and emails and in response to this the EU is now running scared."

    "They've got the wind up, particularly the left, who have been supporting TTIP from the start and finally have been exposed as backing large scale global corporatism."

    "The parliament suspended today not just the vote, but equally the debate on this issue which I think was cowardly in the extreme. It is interesting to note that for the first time ever actions in the European Parliament are now being heavily debated in Washington, too. Perhaps we need a redefinition of what a free trade deal is."

    William Dartmouth, UKIP MEP for the South West and Gibraltar and spokesman on trade, said: "Today the establishment, particularly the British Conservatives, clubbed together to stop the debate happening. The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a matter of huge public interest and even greater concern. It is utterly wrong for the parties in the European Parliament, led by the Conservatives, to supress debate. We need to have debate, we need to understand what is going on."

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  • "You don't fight discrimination with discrimination" - UKIP MEP Louise Bours

    UKIP is fighting in the European Parliament to stop the EU grabbing the power to shut down any company which defies its demands on reaching female quotas on non-executive boards. Yesterday in Strasbourg UKIP MEP Louise Bours led an attack against this legislation. She said it would "demean women and insult the women who have made it to the top of their professions on merit."

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  • Blocking dissent and buying the vote

    cameronsham.pngUKIP Leader Nigel Farage has said that David Cameron’s pledge that Conservative Ministers will have to resign from the government if they want Britain to leave the EU, proves that the Prime Minister’s entire focus is on the country being kept inside.

    Nigel Farage said: “As European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker himself said, David Cameron’s entire focus is on docking Britain inside the EU.

    “Cameron clearly wants to keep Britain inside the EU under any circumstances.

    It is perfectly clear that Mr. Cameron does not want this to be full, free and fair referendum, given that he is threatening his own Ministers rather than allowing MPs to campaign according to their own conscience. As Ministers were in the last European Referendum campaign 1975.

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