• EU court ruling on energy-saving about accumulating more money for EU and showing power over VAT system

    UKIP MEP Roger Helmer has hammered a ruling by the European Court of Justice today banning Britain from cutting VAT on energy-saving materials.

    The infringement judgment from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg said Britain was breaching the EU's VAT Directive by applying a reduction across board in the rate of VAT applied to energy-saving materials for housing. The ECJ judges who have final decision on the application of EU law said such a reduction should only apply to social housing.

    UKIP Energy spokesman, Roger Helmer MEP responded: “This is simply ridiculous beyond belief. While the EU claims it wants to reduce energy consumption, this judgement shows what the EU ‘really really wants’ is to increase its take from the VAT system from which it takes a portion of every transaction. In addition, this decision demonstrates that it’s the EU rather than the British Government which has final say over the rate and scope of the VAT system.

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  • Blair’s new organisation preaches censorship

    PaulNuttall1.jpgTony Blair’s new role as chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) is in fact supporting an organisation that is a danger to free speech. Paul Nuttall, UKIP Deputy Leader and MEP for the North West, said the ECTR wants public broadcasting companies like the BBC to be forced under legal statute to report the news under “a narrow set of acceptable values”.

    He explained: “Tony Blair is joining an organisation that explicitly wants to see legislative control of news output.

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  • Cowboy coalition’s failure to get agreement at Stormont is reprehensible

    David_McNarry.JPGThe latest crisis in Northern Ireland precipitated by the failure of Stormont’s governing coalition is totally ‘irresponsible' says the UKIP MLA David McNarry.

    Speaking at the Northern Ireland Assembly he said;"The failure to get agreement on Welfare Reform is an unacceptable position for parties that willingly formed this mandatory coalition to be unable to voluntarily sustain their basic duties in government. That is both reprehensible and irresponsible.

    "Keeping this cowboy coalition honest and accountable is fast becoming a waste of time. On days like today, it is painfully obvious that this five party Executive are proving themselves to be a failed entity. Is there a plan on the table today, or tomorrow?”

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  • Douglas Carswell: “I speak for Millions” in Westminster

    carswell.pngUKIP MP Douglas Carswell responding to the Queen’s speech said, “I may be my party’s only voice in the House of Commons, but I shall speak on behalf of not only my constituents, but the millions who voted for my party. I may have only one vote in the Division Lobby, but I shall use it to support Ministers when they do sensible things, to oppose the Government when they are being daft, and, when I think it is possible to improve things, to try to amend things to make them better.”

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  • Nothing has changed – we still can’t afford to pay for HS2

    Jill_Seymour.jpegTransport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is ‘delusional’ if he thinks the general election result was an endorsement of the HS2 rail link, which will pile billions of pounds onto Britain’s debt mountain. That’s the view of UKIP’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour, who accused the Tory government of totally ignoring people whose homes stand to be destroyed by the £55 billion-plus route. Her comments follow a speech made by Mr McLoughlin in Leeds, when he confirmed high-speed rail and the creation of a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ remained a priority.

    Mrs Seymour, an MEP for the West Midlands, said: “Mr McLoughlin is delusional in thinking that winning the general election is down to the support for HS2. He totally ignores the valid views of individuals who have already lost value on their properties and left them, in some situations, feeling desperate. Nothing has changed these past few weeks. HS2 still has no proven business case, and the eventual cost of the project is anyone’s guess – it seems to go up every week.

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  • UKIP Scottish MEP David Coburn responds to Nicola Sturgeon, "We came into the EU as one United Kingdom so we will leave together"

    David_Coburn.jpgToday at a European Policy Centre event Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, stated that the Scottish government would be pushing for a double lock mechanism for the EU referendum, whereby a Scottish majority would be required for Scotland to leave.

    David Coburn UKIP MEP for Scotland, who spoke at the event, said, "This is just havers of nonsense. Typical SNP gerrymandering of the democratic process, last time they excluded Scots working abroad and serving in the forces, now they want to include any EU national living in Scotland.

    "We came into the EU as one United Kingdom, we came into the EU together, so we will leave together.

    "The Scottish people clearly decided that they wanted to remain as part of the United Kingdom so any talk of this double lock mechanism makes a mockery of the Scottish people's decision. We respected the result, now they must too."

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  • Prisoners may be given vote because of human rights climbdown, Tory adviser warns

    P1010383.jpgPrisoners in Britain may be given the vote because of David Cameron's refusal to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights, a leading QC and adviser to the Conservative Party has warned.

    Jonathan Fisher QC, who has advised the Conservatives on a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act, said that Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, confirming that pulling out of the convention is not "on the table" means that when "push comes to shove" the party will have to give way to Strasbourg judges on prisoner voting.

    In response, Diane James MEP, UKIP’s Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman said: "The UKIP position is there should be a blanket ban of votes for prisoners. The problem is, if we continue to be members of the EU and as a consequence, signed up to the ECHR, I have little doubt 'votes for prisoners' will be forced upon us.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman expresses great anxiety at news of yet more Tory defence cuts in the new parliament

    Mike_Hookem.jpegUKIP Defence Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has said comments on the UK defence budget by the US Defence Secretary, Ashton Carter are “hugely concerning for the future of the ‘special relationship’” and has expressed “great anxiety” at news of yet more Tory defence cuts in the new parliament.

    Defence Secretary Carter suggested that the United Kingdom could be hugely diminished as a global player; if the Tories persist with their current spending plans, which fail to meet the 2% of GDP on defence spending NATO spending commitment.

    Mike Hookem MEP said, “Time and again before the election, UKIP warned that the Conservatives were going to make a further attack on defence spending if they won power. This was obvious from their sheer lack of commitment to meet the NATO spending target of 2% of GDP on defence.”

     “The simple fact is that Britain’s armed forces are already starved of much needed resources and further cuts would seriously hamper the UK’s ability to respond to the constantly evolving world security situation. More cuts would also seriously harm the vital humanitarian work that Britain’s armed forces do around the globe.”

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  • Gibraltar MEP, William Dartmouth regrets resignation of the Rock’s Governor

    gibrdartmouth.pngFollowing the announcement of the resignation of the Governor of Gibraltar William Dartmouth MEP, who represents the Rock in the European Parliament said, “I am very sad to learn of the resignation of Sir James Dutton. I share his obviously deep sense of frustration at discovering that our Foreign Office regarded his job as little more than ceremonial. He is a man who has taken his responsibility to the Rock and its people with the utmost seriousness.

    Dartmouth went on, "As Governor he represents Her Majesty the Queen directly and not the British government and his role is to be responsible for external affairs, internal security and defence. It is not a job that can be second guessed by a Foreign office bureaucrat. Nor indeed a Government that seems to be more concerned about pandering to Spain. It is doing this as part of its tactical manoeuvring to obtain European Union reform than it is to standing up for the interests and safety of Gibraltar.

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  • Juncker should wind his neck in over EU Referendum

    euwindneck.pngThe President of the European Council has waded into the EU referendum question in the UK and announced that the people of the UK have no “desire” for leaving the EU and that David Cameron “wants to dock his country permanently to Europe”.

    Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader said, "The British people are fed up to the back teeth with Eurocrats telling us what we want, what is good for us, how to run our businesses and how we organise our society.

    "Now he tells us we do not want to run our own lives. Of course this man, elected from a short-list of one, with no popular democratic mandate and no means of accountability wants to maintain the control of the unelected unwanted Eurocrats. Well he would, wouldn’t he? Mr Juncker should wind his neck in about what the British people want or do not want, he does not know us. However, as someone who regularly talks with David Cameron, he does seem to have some insight into the Prime Minister’s mind."

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