• It’s time to scrap tolls on the Severn Bridges

    tolls1.JPGUKIP has today pledged to fight for the abolition of tolls on the Severn Bridges connecting England and Wales. Leader Nigel Farage, and the party’s Transport spokesman Jill Seymour, travelled to the crossings over the Severn Estuary this morning to make the announcement.

    The tolls are damaging prospects of economic growth, and claims the cost of scrapping charges could be offset by choosing a cheaper option for a proposed M4 relief road. Ownership of the two Severn Crossing bridges is due to pass from a private French-owned firm into public hands in 2018. And UKIP sees this as an opportunity for the tolls to be scrapped once and for all.

    Mr Farage said: “It is simply unfair that motorists entering Wales must pay the highest tolls in the country. It not only hinders transport and economic development for Wales. It divides Wales from England.

    “Abolishing tolls will encourage travel to Wales and boost the economy by an estimated £107 million annually, according to the Welsh Government’s own figures.

    “The UK government has already yielded a massive revenue of £154 million by charging VAT on Severn Tolls, despite promising to waive the additional tax, a promise they were forced to break due to EU legislation.”

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  • Nigel Farage: I will work with anybody to achieve a NO vote

    farage-quote-novote_(1).pngThis morning UKIP Leader Nigel Farage made it crystal clear that he was not trying to be the lead campaigner, and that he and UKIP would work with anybody to secure the precious No vote in the forthcoming EU referendum. On Friday Mr Farage will be speaking in London, adding exciting new details of UKIP's biggest ever outreach campaign.

    He told Radio 4’s Today programme this morning: “Let’s be clear. I am not refusing to work with anybody. I will work with absolutely anyone for us to get a No vote in this referendum.

    “There are two competing groups who want to get the nomination for the No campaign. All I am saying is I am not choosing one side or the other. We will work with whichever of them gets the nomination. 

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  • Chilcot Report must have deadline so families can finally grieve for loved ones

    releasechilcot.pngUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has called on the Chilcot Inquiry to end the “open ended right to reply to those who have been criticised in the report".

    Mr Hookem said he did not think Sir John’s response to the families of the bereaved was sufficient and said it was “a matter of urgency that the truth behind the decision for the UK to invade and occupy Iraq needs to be finished sooner rather than later.”

    Speaking as families have threatened legal action over the delay in releasing the report, which was started in 2009, Mr Hookem said he thought the families had “a right to know why their loved ones died and in whose name so they could complete the grieving process.”

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  • Migration figures reflect Borderless Britain and the impotence of the British government

    borderlessbritain-1.pngResponding to the latest record net migration figures released by the ONS, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "These figures reflect Borderless Britain and the total impotence of the British government.

    "If open borders are not part of the Cameron renegotiation then what's the point of it?

    "Given 192,000 from Romania and Bulgaria registered for National Insurance in the year period, how can we believe the ONS figure of 53,000 from the same two countries in the same year?"

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  • Disastrous European Energy Policy behind hundreds of Welsh Job Losses

    CEFF-3KWoAAou8p.jpgUKIP Policy Chief Mark Reckless says it is high time politicians in Wales woke up to the disastrous impact energy policy is having on industry, putting thousands of jobs at stake

    In yet another blow to Wales, Tata Steel has announced mothballing its plant in Llanwern, signalling the loss of 250 jobs. This comes just a year after the steel giant announced closing its site in Port Talbot, costing 400 jobs. Last month Tata closed two sites in Yorkshire blaming ‘crippling high electricity costs’

    “Announcements like these spell disaster for hundreds of people whose jobs rely on a thriving industrial sector. With hopeless energy policy driving up operational costs to unmanageable levels, massive companies like Tata are closing plants in Wales in favour of cheaper sites elsewhere. The real impact on the Welsh economy must not be underestimated.

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  • Meltdown for small businesses as new VAT rules hit hard

    Margot_11_(1).jpgReports that small businesses are closing due to the new EU digital VAT rules introduced at the turn of the year have been met with dismay by UKIP's Margot Parker.

    The party's East Midlands MEP and small business spokesman warned at the UKIP conference in Margate in the spring that small businesses would be hammered by the controversial VAT MOSS rules, which were introduced in January.

    Now, her worst fears are being realised as just six months into the new set-up, reports show micro-businesses are closing down.

    She said: "This was our fear all along - just a few months down the line, small businesses are being seriously harmed.

    "We are hearing of closures and hardship - exactly as we predicted and feared and exactly why UKIP was opposed to this legislation.

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  • Steven Woolfe comments on Government announcement that migrants working illegally face jail

    StevenWoolfe_(1).jpegCommenting on the Government announcement that migrants working illegally face being sent to jail, UKIP Migration Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said:

    "This must be the week that the net migration numbers come out since this announcement has to be one of the most stupid ideas yet from a Government utterly bereft of a clue on how to deal with the migration crisis. It’s an idea dreamed up the Conservative Party’s PR department to camouflage Thursday’s ONS immigration statistics which will show that yet gain the government has lost control of Britain’s borders.

    “Sending illegally working immigrants to gaol will cost a fortune, put huge pressure on the prison system, add treacle to the already gummed up courts system with the possibility of remand and appeals stretching into a Human Rights Act horizon and keep the immigrants on our shores. Instead the Government should deport them. If they are illegally working they have broken the law. It’s that simple.

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  • Nigel Farage in today's Telegraph

    Nigel Farage: Immigration will be the defining issue of this EU referendum campaign.

    "When the referendum comes, the British people will finally have their chance to reject these open borders by saying No to the European Union." Read Nigel Farage's article in today's Telegraph.

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  • UKIP calls for NATO Action to Stem Migrant Flow

    Responding to today’s ‘Gold Command’ declaration on the Calais migrant crisis by the French and British governments, UKIP’s Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe commented:

    “Throughout this crisis the response of both governments has been lamentable and knee jerk. This latest declaration is yet another of example of this. Over the summer lorry drivers and passengers suffered the consequences of the British and French government’s inability to develop cohesive long term solutions.  The UK government has finally woken up to the logistics and security threat that migrant flash mobs in the Port pose to a major transport artery to and from Britain. The French Authorities, as usual don't care about the British problem, are prioritising receiving EU money for rebuilding Calais port over the migrant camps. Neither government has the political will, ideas or care to address the cause of the problem in this declaration which is the extraordinary flow of illegal migrants into Europe."

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  • UKIP’s Mike Hookem MEP – “Afghan Interpreters MUST Get Fast track UK Entry”

    UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has called for Afghan interpreters who worked with the British Army to be given priority to apply for asylum, saying they "should not be left to suffer at the hands of Islamic extremists”.

    Mr Hookem said there were "legal channels for those people who are in danger because of their work with British forces to get to a safe country and apply to live in the UK.”

    “At the very least, we should be extending the same rights to former Afghan interpreters as those already in place for their Iraqi colleagues. Surely the UK can also demand that other EU countries honour a fast track system for those who greatly aided NATO forces in a time of conflict.”

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