• Britain must look to an independent trading future as Trade with the rest of the world grows, while trade with Europe stalls

    96958.jpgThe latest trade figures from the Office of National Statistics show that Britain's interests lie not in the European Union but in trading with the rest of the world. They make it clear that UK Exports to non-EU countries rose by £2.6 billion while those to EU countries remain flat for the last 3 months.

    UKIP Trade Spokesman William Dartmouth MEP said: "These trade figures confirm that the UK needs to concentrate on trade with the growing economies of the world rather than being hamstrung by hyper-regulation within the ossifying EU Custom's Union.

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  • Nigel Farage blasts Government over Plain Packaging Legislation

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegUKIP leader Nigel Farage has today blasted the Conservative-led government for its undemocratic forcing through of plain packaging for cigarettes – after no debate was held in the Commons chamber on the issue.

    Mr Farage said today: “How anyone who believes in free markets can now support the Conservative Party is beyond me. This legislation breaches property rights and trademark laws, and the government will no doubt have to use taxpayers money fending off numerous legal challenges from tobacco companies, over this piece of legislation that has had no impact where trialled elsewhere in the world.

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  • Plain Packs: it's plain wrong, in principle and in practice

    Paul_Nuttall.jpegToday's vote to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes is wrong both in principle and practice," says UKIP's Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall.

    "It is wrong that it was just dealt with by a committee and not open to discussion by all MPs on the floor of the House. It is the nanny state at its worst and an affront to democracy to, push ahead with legislation without a full reasoned debate.

    "Worse still it fails even to deliver what its proponents argue. Plain packaging is bound to lead to an increase in counterfeiting and who knows what toxic substances could be in them, it sends shivers down my spine," said Mr Nuttall.

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage accepts debate invitation from Telegraph/Guardian/YouTube

    debate_me.pngSpeaking on the proposal by the Telegraph, Guardian, and YouTube, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said:

    “Scrutiny is an important part of democracy, and for this reason I am delighted to accept the Telegraph/Guardian/YouTube invitation to this debate – so that I can make the case to the British electorate on why they should vote UKIP.

    "I hope that the Prime Minister will muster up the courage to stand by his own words, and show up to try and defend his record in government. Mr Cameron has failed on nearly every pledge he made to the British public in 2010, and it is evident he’s afraid of butting heads with UKIP on immigration, the EU, our NHS, defence, education policy and more.”

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  • Those most impacted by mass unskilled migration are our own settled minority groups

    Margot_3.jpgFigures released by the House of Commons Library have highlighted a truth that has for years been brushed under the carpet. The British citizens who are most adversely impacted by mass unskilled inward migration have been our own settled minority groups.

    UKIP small business spokesman Margot Parker MEP said, "This figure is disappointing but not surprising. It supports something that we in UKIP have been saying for a very long time - mass uncontrolled immigration negatively effects the employment opportunities of settled immigrant communities as much as it does anyone else.

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  • EU Army? Who do you think you're kidding, Mr Juncker?

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage's latest speech in the European Parliament responding to the President of the European Commission's calls for an EU Army.

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  • New report shows that British jobs are not dependent on EU membership

    PatrickOflynn.jpgA new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs shows that the ability to trade with Europe does not rely on membership of the EU. Patrick O'Flynn, UKIP MEP and Economics Spokesman, said: "This excellent and very measured report from the Institute of Economic Affairs gives the lie to ridiculous claims peddled by all three other parties that leaving the EU would cause a jobs meltdown."

    "As the author notes, there may very well be net job creation in the wake of a British exit. What is quite clear is that the ability to trade does not rely on membership of a political union, but the ability to be an independent democracy relies on not being absorbed into a political union."

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  • Cameron’s smoke and mirrors on defence spending fool no one

    Mike_Hookem.jpegMike Hookem MEP, UKIP Defence Spokesman has reacted angrily to David Cameron’s suggestion that Security Services spending should be added to the defence budget in order to meet the UK’s 2% NATO defence spending commitments; calling the move, “duplicitous and simply dangerous”. The move comes after a new study suggests that Britain will miss its NATO commitment by £2 billion next year.

    Speaking from Strasbourg, Mr Hookem said, “Who does David Cameron think he is kidding by trying to fudge the figures in this way? This is smoke and mirrors politics at its worst and particularly hypocritical considering that David Cameron has been lecturing other western leaders on the need to keep up their own defence spending.”

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  • Time to dispense with mandatory coalition in Stormont

    mcnarry-ukip1.jpgUKIP Leader in Northern Ireland David McNarry MLA says : “It may take some refining and require some gutsy, hard argued negotiations but mandatory coalition isn’t working and needs to be replaced.”

    "UKIP will call upon whoever forms the next UK government after the general election for a voluntary coalition system in the NI Assembly to be implemented. The experiment of enforcing opposites to work with each other has created tensions, bad and painfully slow decision making and poor, sluggish, non-delivering government in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The losers have been the people of Northern Ireland shackled to a mandatory coalition of five parties which has had the effect of creating ineffective cantons of party-controlled departments instead of cohesive measures from a joined-up government across the Executive.”

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage makes intervention on Greece-EU Crisis

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegUK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage MEP has made an intervention in the ongoing Greece/European Union crisis following comments from Greece’s Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, whom Mr Farage spoke with this morning.

    Kammenos is quoted as having said of its ongoing financial and currency crisis: “If they [the Troika] deal a blow to Greece, then they should know the migrants will get papers to go to Berlin… If Europe leaves us in the crisis, we will flood it with migrants, and it will be even worse for Berlin if in that wave of millions of economic migrants there will be some jihadists of the Islamic State too.”

    The comments, seized upon across the European press as incendiary, were discussed in a private telephone conversation between Mr Farage and Mr Kammenos this morning, with a view to the European Member of Parliament developing a greater understanding of the events in Greece, and offering his support for Greece’s democratic process, which is being consistently undermined, and is yet to be properly recognised by the European powers. It was clear from the conversation that the Greek problems are not limited to financial issues, but indeed take into consideration up to a million illegal immigrants, mainly from Turkey, that Greece has been pressured to absorb due to the European Union’s expansionism, i.e. paving the way for Turkey to become a full member state of the European Union.

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