• 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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  • Tories all at sea on Human Rights Act and ECHR as inconsistencies become clear

    Diane_James.jpgResponding to news that David Cameron is in a split with Theresa May and Michael Gove over human rights, Diane James MEP, UKIP’s Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman said:

    “The inconsistencies and dishonesty of the Tory position is today becoming clear to all as Gove and May have a public spat with the Prime Minister.

    “The plain facts are, while we are members of the EU the UK must be signatories of the ECHR and our Supreme Court is subservient to the European Court in Strasbourg on human rights matters.

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  • New Young Independence Chairman elected

    IMG_3091-1500.jpgToday Young Independence, UKIP's youth organisation has elected a new Chairman Joe Jenkins. There are now over 3500 members in Young Independence which has grown over 100% under the last YI Council.

    Party Chairman Steve Crowther said: "I am delighted to see Joe taking over as Young Independence Chairman. He has done great work in launching UKIP Students in August which now has over 30 University Societies. In May he stood up for Students across the country and took on Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam. I would like also to thank the former YI Chairman Jack Duffin and the rest of the Council who have built YI into a very professional organisation with substantial membership growth."

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  • Health Tourism is a real issue for the public

    CB1ci0SWYAA58o-.pngUKIP Leader Nigel Farage has today reiterated his position on the problems caused by health tourism to the NHS.

    "Though many in the Westminster bubble were outraged by my comments about the impact of Health Tourism, and appalled that I mentioned those with HIV as part of that problem, what was clear was that the general public did not share that outrage.

    "Immediately after the debate YouGov carried out a poll that showed that a full 50% of the population agreed with me, with only 34% opposed. I also received very moving messages of support from UK sufferers of HIV who have found it increasingly hard to receive the treatment they need because of pressure on clinics, such as this one from a young Londoner.

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  • Today is the Tenth anniversary of the Dutch No vote to the EU Constitution – The EU has learned nothing since

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegUKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP said: “Today is the 10th anniversary of the Dutch people categorically rejecting the EU constitution in 2005. It is fair to ask, has the EU learned anything in the meantime? Obviously not, for not only were the Dutch and French voters ignored, but the Irish No vote to Lisbon was also dismissed.

    "By chance, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last night accused the Eurozone’s dominant players of incrementally bringing the ‘complete abolition of democracy in Europe’ and ushering in a technocratic monstrosity. How right he is.

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  • This referendum is about who governs Britain

    David Cameron is trying to make the UK’s relationship with the European Union simply a question of migrant access to benefits.

    This referendum isn’t about the details of benefits policy, but about who governs Britain.


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  • Jonathan Arnott MEP's top 5 reasons to leave the European Union

  • Cameron tells us he still believes in Free Movement of people from the EU

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegTalking in Berlin today the Prime Minister made it clear that he believes whole heartedly both in the European Union’s doctrine of the Free Movement of People and that Britain should remain within the European Union.

    In response UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said, “What this Referendum is really about isn't the details of benefits policy, but about who governs Britain.

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  • Bill does not guarantee a free and fair referendum, says UKIP Chairman

    steve-crowther.jpgThe Draft European Union (Referendum) Bill that has been published does not guarantee a fair referendum, says UKIP Chairman Steve Crowther.

    “While we strongly welcome the Government’s commitment in the Queen’s Speech to an In-Out referendum, the Bill outlines the question to be asked, which skews the referendum in favour of a ‘stay-in’ position by giving the Europhiles the ‘Yes’ answer – regardless of what concessions the Prime Minister manages to negotiate.

    “But more importantly, it fails to mandate a period of ‘purdah’, normal in elections, to prevent the government from making announcements in the run-up which might affect the result.

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