• France and Spain NATO failings show need for increase in UK defence spending "more important than ever"

    bill5.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Bill Etheridge MEP has said UK defence spending "is more important than ever" in light of France and Spain failing to meet their NATO targets.

    Mr Etheridge said it showed "defence security lay with a good relationship with the USA and not EU countries who have failed with their international commitments."

    He also called for a review of the Lancaster House Treaty saying "we should not be tied in military cooperation with a country which is not pulling its weight and has threatened us economically over Brexit."

    "European governments failing to meet their spending commitments which aren't just a pie in the sky figure but were calculated to ensure that military spending could keep forces in a well trained, well equipped state, need to shape up," he added.

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  • MEP backs NFU campaign on glyphosate

    Roger_helmer_NFU_visit_3.jpgEast Midlands MEP Roger Helmer has backed calls not to ban the vital herbicide glyphosate. The NFU is actively campaigning on the issue – fearing it could be banned by EU chiefs.

    It said the active substance glyphosate, used in gardens up and down the country as Round-Up, should be re-authorised by the European Commission by the end of the year.

    Germany has been made responsible for the evaluation and has recommended full re-authorisation for 15 years. This should have happened by the end of June 2016, but the whole process has become politicised and stalled.

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  • EU has perpetuated the profits of criminal gangs who exploit border free travel and non existent checks at the external border

    Jane_PR_Img.jpgUKIP home affairs spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP said the EU "Had perpetuated the profits of criminal gangs who exploit the border free travel and non existent checks at the external border."

    Her comments come as Europol admit migrant smuggling "has emerged as one of the most profitable and widespread criminal activities for organised crime in the EU."

    “The migrant smuggling business is now a large, profitable and sophisticated criminal market, comparable to the European drug markets” said its director, Rob Wainwright.

    "The EU is a bonanza for criminal gangs with its policy of letting anyone stay in the EU who claims they are from Syria," Ms Collins said. "They basically told people how to get in the EU and stay here."

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  • Decision to stop e-blueys symptomatic of the lack of basic care the Ministry of Defence has towards troops

    thumbnail_bill4.jpgUKIP defence spokesman Bill Etheridge has called the decision to stop e-blueys "symptomatic of the lack of basic care the Ministry of Defence has towards troops."

    Mr Etheridge said the savings were "a paltry, false economy" which would "cost more in the long run as morale in the Armed Forces drops like a stone."

    "There are plenty of quick savings which could be made in the military, including the obsession with diversity targets and notice boards festooning bases but fundamentally there needs to be a serious injection of cash into our military.

    "We are only making the 2% NATO commitment by fudging the figures yet the mindset of this government is that foreign aid spending is a better defence than a properly funded Armed Forces.

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  • The SNP do not want real independence, they want 'plastic indy'

    David_Coburn.jpgUKIP's Scottish MEP David Coburn: "The prospect of a second independence referendum between the Autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019 is utterly preposterous.

    "The UK will still be in negotiations with the EU at this time – the SNP seem to wish to cause maximum disruption, uncertainty and overall mayhem.

    "In 2014 the Scottish people decided decisively to remain British, in 2016 less people voted to remain in the EU than voted to be British in 2014.

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  • Advertising virtue by squandering taxpayers cash is unacceptable

    Lisa_Duffy.jpgUKIP's Foreign Aid Spokesman Cllr Lisa Duffy said, " I am very pleased that organisations and politicians are coming around to UKIP’s long standing policy of cutting the waste that is inherent in the Foreign Aid budget.

    "For more than a decade UKIP have demanded tough action on cutting this waste and yet the Conservative Prime Minister continues on the erroneous path of tying foreign aid to 0.7% of GDP which currently equates to £12.2 billion per year. Advertising her virtue by squandering taxpayers cash is unacceptable.

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  • Celebrate the family of nations on Commonwealth day

    James_Carver.jpegUKIP Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Spokesman James Carver MEP said, "Today, we celebrate the unique and historical bond which unites 53 nations that make up the Commonwealth.

    "However, on this special day we not only acknowledge one of the world’s oldest political associations of states, but look forward, playing a leading role, to sharing the advantages of membership with our Commonwealth partners post Brexit.

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  • UKIP still has so much to do

    Watch Margot Parker outlining why UKIP's job is far from done:

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  • UKIP accuses the Chancellor of attacking enterprise and betraying the self-employed

    MarkReckless.jpgResponding to the Budget UKIP Economy Spokesman Mark Reckless AM said:

    “The Conservatives have today lost any claim they may have had to represent either White Van Man or the many women who create businesses as a route to combining a continuing economic contribution with family life.

    “In this Budget, Philip Hammond has launched an unnecessary and foolish attack on enterprise. To claim to be making life better for the employed by making life worse for the self-employed is the worst kind of levelling down. It is an approach more befitting of big state socialism than of a party that claims to understand wealth creation.

    “Self-employed people create their own jobs. They have no paid holidays, sickness benefits or company pension schemes and in fact no guaranteed income at all.

    “They show guts and determination. And like the rest of the electorate they were promised that the Tories would not be whacking up national insurance rates in this parliament. In their case it is going to be a promise broken.”

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  • UKIP blasts Hollande's comments for UK to be involved in EU defence initiatives

    bill5.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Bill Etheridge MEP has blasted François Hollande for calling on the UK to take part in military missions in Africa.

    Speaking to five newspapers, the President said France will push for a more integrated European defence policy, something which the remain side in the referendum campaign said would not happen

    “In my mind, the UK, even outside the EU, should be associated with that,” he said in an interview ahead of a mini summit in Versailles.

    "The EU has the same response to the vote for Brexit as a toddler has to the word 'no'" said UKIP defence spokesman Bill Etheridge MEP.

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