• 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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  • William Dartmouth MEP slams Labour for failing to protect the NHS against TTIP in the European Parliament

    william_d.jpgThe European Parliament's trade committee backed away from a confrontation with the bloc's trade commissioner on Thursday, supporting proposals by the EU commission to continue ongoing EU-US trade talks. MEPs backed the continuation of negotiations by 28 to 13. 

    Following the vote UKIP MEP William Dartmouth attacked the Labour Party for using underhand parliamentary manoeuvring to ensure UKIP amendments calling for the exclusion of the NHS from TTIP were not voted on.

    Three Labour MEPs allowed through compromise amendment 22. This did not specifically include the NHS. In consequence, the UKIP amendments that gave the proper and necessary protections to the NHS were dismissed.

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  • Trafficking not taken seriously enough by the British Courts says Louise Bours

    Prison sentences handed down for the trafficking of young girls into the UK for forced marriage and exploitation are not strong enough to act as a deterrent, says UKIP’s Louise Bours.

    A National Crime Agency report has indicated that in 2013 alone, 600 children had been identified as having been trafficked into the UK.*

    Speaking to the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Ms Bours pointed out that individuals convicted of such crimes faced a maximum sentence of just seven years.

    Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, told the parliament that this "is simply not a strong enough deterrent."

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  • Reputation of football can only be rescued with the removal of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president

    PaulNuttall1.jpgThe reputation of football can only be rescued with the removal of Sepp Blatter as FIFA president and a rerun of the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall.

    The North West MEP was speaking as US officials indicated there were more arrests to come from their wide-ranging investigation into fraud, bribery and corruption within the game.

    Mr Nuttall, a lifelong Liverpool supporter and season ticket holder, said: “Sepp Blatter’s position as FIFA president was already on shaky ground but now surely no one will argue that it is in any way tenable.

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  • EU Referendum question announced

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgVoters will be asked ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union? when they go to the polls for the in/out referendum, it has been confirmed.

    In response UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "It is a simple straightforward, unambiguous question. That much is clear.

    "However that Cameron is opting to give the pro-EU side the positive 'Yes' suggests strongly that his negotiations are so much fudge. He has already decided which way he wants the answer to be given, without a single power repatriated"

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  • Douglas Carswell MP on the Queen's Speech

  • UKIP backs the EU Thalidomide Survivors' Campaign

    At a press conference in the European Parliament today UKIP and other MEPs from the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group expressed their continuing support for the EU thalidomide survivors' campaign.

    UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe addressed the press conference held by the EU Thalidomide survivors' campaign saying:

    "An injustice endures 50 years on after the biggest peace time man-made disaster in European history with the abhorrent treatment of the Thalidomide survivors. We believe that the best way forward is the German Government to allow their ambassadors in Sweden, Italy, Spain and the UK to meet with the representatives of those suffering and reach an honest and fair end to this injustice."

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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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