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  • Queen's Speech today

    Below are some of the Bills that we expect to be announced today with our initial thoughts on each one.

    EU Referendum Bill

    It was the pressure of UKIP that no doubt pushed this to even happen. However we don't think Cameron will get any major renegotiations from Brussels and is likely to still be on the 'in' side of the campaign. Labour are suggesting that they may oppose the bill, with support from Lib Dems and smaller parties, unless the voting age is reduced to 16. We oppose any change to the Westminster template which also disables EU nationals resident in the UK from voting.

    One question remains, will Cameron whip the cabinet to vote for 'in'?

    UKIP must remain a leading light in this campaign fighting for what we believe in, and what we started.

    Income Tax Bill

    UKIP were the only party at the General election to present a fully costed manifesto that also enabled tax cuts to low and middle earners while managing to clear the deficit. This policy is basically UKIP-lite, promising to lift people on minimum wage out of tax but not able to afford the tax cuts we could offer. This is because the Conservatives will continue to press ahead with the high rate of foreign aid payments (the fastest growing in Europe and more per capita than USA), EU membership fees and costly projects such as HS2, meaning they haven't got the money needed to give hard working taxpayers a break.  Also the only country to also have fixed tax rates by legislation was Nigeria, a position considered bonkers due to the instability of the world financial markets. If Greece brings down the Euro and we don't have the flexibility to react, the Government may regret binding themselves in an unnecessary straitjacket simply designed to win over voters.

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  • France and Germany plan to strip power of taxation away from national governments

    Paul_Nuttall.jpeg"When Germany and France say 'ever closer union,' they mean it," says Paul Nuttall, Deputy Leader of UKIP

    Paul Nuttall, Deputy Leader of UKIP, said: "Finally Germany and France have given up the pretence that they will allow member states to continue to control their own taxation. When Germany and France say the EU imperative for "ever closer union" must stand, they mean it -- closer political union, closer economic union, closer fiscal union."

    "This of course will come as a shock to the people of Ireland. One reason they rejected the Lisbon Treaty in their 2008 referendum was because they rightly feared the new treaty would mean the EU would eventually demand they ended their low rate of corporation tax, on which so much of their prosperity and employment has depended."

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  • Britain's foreign aid bill is up by 30 per cent in five years - a bigger rise than any other EU country

    124965.jpgBritain's foreign aid bill has risen by a staggering 30 per cent under David Cameron, damning research has revealed. The Prime Minister has handed out £11.6 billion in 2014, up from almost £9 billion in 2010. The bill has risen faster than any other country in the European Union since Cameron pledged to spent 0.7 percent of our income on foreign aid.

    UKIP's International Development spokesman Nathan Gill said: "The arrogance of the political establishment seems to know no bounds. As public services are cut, in some cases to the point of decimation, the Westminster elite carry on as if nothing has changed - giving away borrowed money faster than it can be sensibly spent.

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  • Nigel Farage welcomes the franchise announcement on the EU Referendum

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegUKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "UKIP welcome the plans for the EU referendum franchise which seems both sensible and reasonable. To have done anything different would have been absurd.

    "The decision about the future of this country should be made by the people of this country, and the easiest way to to this is to use the Westminster franchise. The Government should be supported on this matter."

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  • The Labour Party has been dragged to accept the inevitable that there will be an In/Out EU referendum in the next two years

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgUKIP Leader Nigel Farage: "The Labour Party has been dragged, unwillingly, to accept the inevitable that there will be an In/Out EU referendum in the next two years. But Harman and Benn's position shows quite how little they have learned from their defeat and how much more they have to learn about the European Union debate in the UK.

    "They grudgingly accept that it is the will of the British people to have a say on their future, but they make it clear that they will campaign for an In, whatever the result of Mr Cameron's negotiations. So in reality this isn't a conversion to democracy and the facts of the European argument, merely an acceptance of the inevitable. Claims that the EU has kept the peace for 70 years, and that Britain would be in some way barred from trade with the EU nations rebels against all evidence. But they have closed their minds and hearts to evidence.

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  • The EU's 'Eastern Partnership' may look friendly enough, but it could be dangerous

    Paul_Nuttall.jpegUKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall warns today that moves by the EU to forge a partnership with Eastern European states and former satellite states of Soviet Russia will be interpreted as a provocative move by Putin.

    “It’s a laudable aim to have good relations with our neighbours but we must not forget that Russia is also one of our neighbours and could be a good strategic partner.

    “We should not be taking actions deliberately to isolate them. We’ve been here before, with Ukraine. When the EU flirted with the country over further integration it resulted in civil war.

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  • It’s time to switch off the speed camera ‘cash machines’

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has called for a major review of Britain’s speed camera network, on the 23rd anniversary of their launch. She said it was time to differentiate between cameras which were genuinely helping to save lives, and those which are nothing more than revenue-raising cash-machines.

    “I am all in favour of speed cameras, where there is clear evidence that they are in accident blackspots and are helping to make our roads safer, both for the motorist and the pedestrian,” she said.

    “But thousands of these cameras are just being cynically used to raise money from drivers, instead of saving lives.

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  • We can't control our borders while remaining in the EU

    storyimagenigel.pngThe Prime Minister’s suggestions on how to tackle migration are predictable and a sham, writes Nigel Farage in the Daily Telegraph today.

    "It is perfectly clear that the only way for the UK to be able to control those who cross the drawbridge is to leave the EU. By introducing a fair points-based system we will be able to ensure both the quantity and quality of those we allow into the country. It isn’t hard, and it isn’t racist. It is merely the only serious and considered option that will work and over 75 per cent of the population want to see such controls."

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  • Net migration continues to rise under the Tories. Only UKIP can be trusted to control immigration

  • Migration figures: The Government has failed catastrophically

    Steven_Woolfe.jpegSteven Woolfe MEP, the UKIP Migration spokesman has responded to the latest ONS figures that show an increase in net immigration of 109,000 per annum to 318,000.

    “Today’s government announcement on illegal migration is a smoke screen to mask today’s appalling immigration statistics. In almost every area, net migration, overall UK immigration, EU immigration, non-EU immigration, sham marriages, bogus students, overstayers; the government has failed catastrophically.

    “It has never been clearer that the UK borders are open to all whenever, wherever and however they want to come. The government has lost all control. The ONS report that 285,000 people came to work in the UK work last year. That is a city the size of Nottingham, which has nearly a 100 schools, 60 GP surgeries and several hospitals. Britain needs to provide the equivalent just to keep up with the workers arriving and this illustrates clearly the strain mass migration is putting on our public services.

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