• Statement from the UKIP Party Chairman

    UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden said, "We are disappointed to hear that Mark Reckless has decided to leave UKIP in order to join the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly.

    "When Mark joined UKIP in 2014 we admired his long-term commitment to Brexit and his decision to put his country first.

    "Having been elected as a Conservative in Rochester & Strood, Mark didn't think it right to sit as an MP for another party without asking the electorate for their endorsement in a by-election. A position that was right as it was honourable. In the campaign that followed, our membership worked incredibly hard to ensure that Mark retained his seat.

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  • Jeremy Corbyn wants to see a return to the class war politics of the past

    DavidKurtenWeb.jpgUKIP Education Spokesman David Kurten today lambasted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's announcement that he will add VAT to private school fees:

    "Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to add VAT to private schools fees is a return to the class war politics of the past and will be entirely counter-productive.

    "The Independent Schools sector accounts for around 650,000 pupils; roughly around 6.5% of the school population.

    "Adding VAT onto private school tuition will squeeze the already overstretched middle classes forcing many parents to send their children to schools in the state sector, further adding to the shortage of places and increasing the strain they are already facing.

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  • Britain betrayed by Labour MEPs and their federalist cabal on Brexit vote

    In response to the European Parliament’s joint resolution from the main federalist groups UKIP proposed 14 separate amendments to protect British interests, from controlling immigration to protecting Gibraltar’s sovereignty. All of these amendments were voted down today with help from Labour MEPs.

    Paul Nuttall MEP and UKIP leader commented: “For once it would have been nice for British MEPs to put aside petty party political differences to ensure Britain’s best interests would be served. Needless to say Labour MEPs just couldn’t play nice and voted against protecting Gibraltar from an ever more antagonistic Spain, controlling EU immigration post-Brexit and even to actively disadvantage Britain by not allowing us to pursue free trade deals.

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  • A sensible deal in the spirit of good neighbourliness

    In his second contribution to the European Parliament debate on Brexit today, Nigel Farage said it must must make sense for the EU and UK to come to a sensible accommodation over Brexit 

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  • A solution to prevent Gibraltar being used as a pawn in Brexit talks - give them representation in Westminster

    Gibraltar is not a pawn to be used in Brexit talks, and she is not for sale. Speaking in the European Parliament's Brexit debate today, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall presented his solution to the Gibraltar issue - let them become part of the UK, and give them representation in Westminster if they wish.

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  • UKIP’s Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs spokesman condemns Spanish incursion into Gibraltar waters

    thumbnail_EP_pic_3.jpgJames Carver, UKIP’s Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs spokesman, today condemned the incursion of the Spanish warship the ‘Infanta Cristina’.

    "I find it incredible that shortly after the Spanish Foreign Minister has called for calm, the Spanish government order their warship to illegally enter British sovereign territory in an attempt to frighten and bully the people of Gibraltar” stated Mr Carver, continuing that “I am not surprised, however this is the 100th incursion since 2014, and follows a pattern of Spanish contempt for the Law of the Sea and more widely, international agreements that do not suit their narrow, self -serving agenda”.

    Carver agreed with Gibraltar Chief Minister Picardo that Spanish pressure on the European Council to make Gibraltar a pawn in the Brexit negotiations was a "disgraceful attempt to manipulate the European Council for its own narrow political interests and a clear manifestation of the predictably predatory attitude of Spain towards Gibraltar.

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  • Farage: We're being given a ransom note!

    Today in the European Parliament debate on Brexit, Nigel Farage pointed out that the UK has contributed around £200 Billion net since 1973 and is a large stakeholder of EU assets. He also accused the EU establishment of acting like the gangsters holding the UK to ransom, and presenting the nation with a ransom note. 

    You can watch his speech below:

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  • UKIP Fisheries Spokesman welcomes post Brexit expansion into North American markets by Hull based fish processor

    Screenshot_3.pngUKIP Fisheries Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has welcomed a move by Hull-based fish processors, Fillet Fish Limited, to further expand into the North American market, saying, “this is exactly the type of opportunity the UK fishing industry should be exploring in the wake of Brexit.”

    Mr Hookem’s comments after it was announced the 35-staff fish processing firm - which already has a client base in New York, San Diego and Miami - has secured funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial to increase its market footprint in North America – the world’s biggest food import market.

    Speaking of the deal, Hull based Mr Hookem - who sits on the European Parliament Fisheries (PECH) Committee - said; “deals like this to expand the market for ethically sourced British fish are encouraging and especially important in the current climate.

    With the EU threatening to try to close down markets inside Europe if the UK does not accept their demands for a continuation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), we must ensure we have alternative markets in place.”

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  • UKIP’s Foreign Affairs spokesman condemns yesterday’s devastating attack on innocent passengers of the St Petersburg Metro

    UKIP’s Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs spokesman James Carver MEP condemned yesterday’s devastating attack on innocent passengers of the St Petersburg Metro, which left 14 dead and dozens more injured.

    Mr Carver said: “My heartfelt sympathy goes to all those affected by this atrocity and to the Russian people. It was nothing less than an act of sheer barbarism.”

    “This is the fifth time Russia’s transport infrastructure has been attacked since 2007 - all of which have claimed serious loss of life.

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  • Disgraceful that Theresa May calls for closer UK ties with brutal Saudi Arabia

    MargotParker.jpgResponding to calls from Theresa May today for closer ties with Saudi Arabia, UKIP's Women's and Equalities spokeswoman, Margot Parker MEP said:

    "Whilst visiting Saudi Arabia, we call on the Prime Minister to raise the issue of horrific human rights abuse which takes place in that state every day.

    "Theresa May must convey to the Saudi authorities that women are not second class citizens.

    "To ignore brutal abuses on women and the flagrant discrimination against religious minorities in Saudi Arabia is to condone what is going on in this brutal regime.

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