• Article 50 decision risks provoking huge public anger

    Nigel_Farage.jpegFollowing the High Court decision calling for a Parliamentary vote on the triggering of Article 50, Nigel Farage said,

    "I worry that a betrayal may be near at hand. Last night at the Spectator Parliamentary Awards I had a distinct feeling that our political class, who were out in force, do not accept the 23rd of June Referendum result.

    "I now fear that every attempt will be made to block or delay the triggering of Article 50. If this is so, they have no idea of the level of public anger they will provoke."

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  • Time for Chagos Islanders to be granted sovereignty

    As someone who’s campaigned for over 20 years against the UK’s membership of the EU, the issue of sovereignty is, naturally, a subject very close to my heart, writes UKIP MEP and Commonwealth Spokesman Jim Carver.

    Since the Brexit vote in June, the news has, of course, been full of the issues surrounding our self-governance and self-determination. However, there is one group of British citizens who have been engaged in an altogether different battle for their own right to sovereignty.

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  • MEP anger over football poppy ban

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP: "The wearing of poppies is not a political statement nor is it glorifying war.

    "It is an act of remembrance of those who gave their lives, including the 15 professional and top level footballers who were killed in World War II. They did so in order to secure freedom and liberty including the right for players to play football and fans to support in peace.

    "I hope the FA treat this FIFA ruling with the contempt it deserves and our players proudly wear the poppy on their shirts and fans wear their poppies with pride."

    The decision to ban England and Scotland football players from wearing poppies in their World Cup qualifier is "disgraceful," added UKIP MEP James Carver.

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  • Announcement of UKIP Leadership Candidates

    UKIP Party Chairman Paul Oakden, "With the deadline for the submission of leadership applications now passed, I can now confirm who will have their name included on the ballot of members to be the new Party Leader.

    "Four candidates completed and submitted application forms, along with the requisite deposit before the 12 noon deadline. These applications have now been checked and approved by Piers Wauchope, Returning Officer for this election.

    "The UKIP leadership candidates are

    EVANS, Suzanne
    NUTTALL, Paul
    REES-EVANS, John
    WHITTLE, Peter (Candidate withdrawn Nov 4)

    "I'm pleased to confirm that there were no late, or rejected applications.

    "Further information pertaining to the ballot will follow at a later date but for now, I'd like to wish all four candidates the best of luck and will join with our Party's members in looking forward to a positive contest."

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  • UKIP backs Goldsmith on his Heathrow stance

    UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden said "On Tuesday 25th October Zac Goldsmith MP announced that he was resigning as the Conservative MP for Richmond Park, in light of the Government's announcement on a third runway at Heathrow.

    Zac Goldsmith has resigned on a matter of principle and UKIP admire him for having the courage to do so. UKIP have always believed that Gatwick was a preferred option to Heathrow.

    Recognising Zac as a principled man, who was fully committed to helping get Britain out of the European Union, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, in conjunction with our National Executive Committee have agreed that we will not be fielding a candidate in the upcoming by-election for Richmond Park.

    The Liberal Democrats are committed to overturning the result of the 2016 Referendum and ignoring the will of the British people. This must not be allowed to happen.

    UKIP are encouraging all of our supporters and voters to support Zac Goldsmith in his bid to become an independent MP."

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  • Growth rate confounds doomongers

    christopher_mills.jpgCommenting on the release of official figures stating that the three month growth rate since the EU Referendum has been plus 0.5% rather than the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney's pre-Referendum estimate of 0.2%, Christopher Mills, the UKIP Business Spokesman said,

    "The bad news for those who expected an economic apocalypse when we voted to regain our independence and freedom has suffered another blow. The prophets of doom are now looking like a tired old heavyweight, demanding just one more round in the ring before retirement, appalling the public, embarrassing their friends and destroying their reputations. The UK is the one of the world’s most competitive economies; it is open for business and has the tools and the desire amongst its men and women to go from strength to strength in the future".

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  • Nissan news welcomed by UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott

    Jonathan_Arnott_2.jpgNews that the Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail models will be built at Nissan's Sunderland plant, securing in the region of 7,000 jobs, has been welcomed by local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott. Whilst the Qashqai decision had been expected, the X-Trail was more of a surprise.

    Almost one-third of all cars made in the UK last year were made at the Sunderland plant.

    Jonathan Arnott said, "I am absolutely delighted that these jobs have been secured and this is fantastic news not just for Nissan workers, but also for those working in jobs in the supply chain.

    “This is a real much needed boost to the local economy.

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  • Investigation into MEP altercation

    Paul Oakden, UKIP Chairman commented on the release of the internal enquiry, which can be downloaded here

    "The decision of Mr Hookem to join Mr Woolfe in the ante room is the only action which I have the ability to consider for disciplinary action. In the absence of eye witnesses, the true facts of what took place in the ante room itself are impossible to determine and neither man has made an official complaint to the party over the incident.

    "Had Mr Woolfe not collapsed later that day, we may never have known that the altercation took place at all.

    "However, as Chairman, I’m appalled that such a situation could arise between two of our most high profile representatives and I have strongly considered suspension as a possible course of action.

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  • WTO confirms UK's independent place post-Brexit

    Patrick.jpgUKIP MEP for the East of England Patrick O’Flynn said: “Project Fear is in real trouble because the basic facts are on Britain’s side when it comes to international trade.

    “It is very encouraging to see Roberto Azevedo, the director general of the World Trade Organisation, make clear that it will be straightforward for Britain to resume its independent seat on that body and that there will be no seizing-up of international trade.

    “Britain is in a very strong Brexit negotiating position as the eurozone’s biggest global export market and also given our huge trade deficit with the EU as a whole.

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  • Clegg and Miliband should accept that the British people voted to leave the Single Market and get their country back

    Today in the European Parliament Nigel Farage MEP, speaking in the conclusions of the European Council debate, confronted the British and European establishment that is stalling on Brexit. He stated that the British referendum is something they cannot ignore and that it is in everyone’s mutual interest to get on with it and secure a sensible, tariff-free trade deal.

    Nigel Farage MEP commented: “Frankly the whole thing is a disgrace and it’s even worse that it is supported by quislings in the British parliament, people like Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, who are desperate to keep Britain inside this awful Single Market. Well I’m sorry but it simply isn’t going to happen.”

    “If you think by delaying Brexit, if you think by stopping Brexit, you are going to help your own businesses, your own industries, you’re wrong. It is in the mutual interest of all of us to get on with this and conclude a sensible, straight-forward, tariff-free deal.”

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