• EU common tax base proposal a power grab over national tax system

    Steven_Woolfe.jpegCommissioner Moscovici said today in Bratislava that he would introduce a Common Tax Base system throughout the EU (a CCCTB) responding UKIP Finance Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said: "While EU Treaty law says that the EU has no competence whatsoever on direct taxation, it is clear the EU will use the CCCTB to carry out a power grab over national corporate tax regimes via the back door.
    "If you change which countries receive the corporate tax, you also change their tax take, and put fiscal pressure on them to change their rates.

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  • Verhofstadt appointment should mean shorter Brexit negotiation

    Nigel_Farage.jpegResponding to Guy Verhofstadt being appointed as chief Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, Nigel Farage said:

    "Guy Verhofstadt hates everything we stand for which should mean a much shorter renegotiation.

    "Mr. Verhofstadt is a fanatical supporter of EU federalism even by the standards of the European Parliament.

    "This appointment will no doubt speed up the UK's exit from the European Union."

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  • Australian trade discussions show Brexit Britain is open for business

    william_d.jpgFollowing the creation of a working group between Britain and Australia to discuss a future free trade deal William Dartmouth MEP and UKIP trade spokesman commented:

    “Our relationship with Australia has always held special significance so I am greatly enthused see these preliminary discussions taking place about a free trade deal.”

    “I urge Liam Fox to grasp this great opportunity to make Britain's trade outreach truly global in nature. Making trade deals with our Commonwealth partners is a great way to start.

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  • Plans for a very strong, very open trade deal with Australia are warmly welcome

    James_Carver.jpegPlans for a “very strong, very open” trade deal with Australia have been warmly welcomed by UKIP's Commonwealth Spokesman James Carver MEP.

    Australian prime minster Malcolm Turnbull has spoken of planning for a deal between the UK and his country as being “already well advanced.”

    “I have always said that we should have trade deals with our Commonwealth friends and in the wake of Brexit this will now be possible,” said Mr Carver.

    “For too many decades we have been tied down to the failing EU trading bloc but now we can begin to draw up trade deals with whichever country we like,” said Mr Carver, UKIP MEP for the West Midlands.

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  • There must be no backsliding from May on immigration

    1017739_753280291386243_8538108291027881607_n.jpgNigel Farage said: "Theresa May's track record on immigration as Home Secretary was appalling and her comments rejecting an Australian-style points system really worry me.

    "There is already huge anxiety out there in the country regarding Theresa May's reluctance to trigger Article 50. Her rejection of the type of migration system so many went out there and voted Leave to see implemented indicates serious backsliding.

    "Those of us on the Leave side were perfectly clear in campaigning for strong border controls outside of the EU.

    "The people were clear in wanting a points-based immigration system which is why so many went out and voted to Leave the European Union. Any watering down from that will lead to real anger.

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  • Former Small Business Minister "misunderstands the fundamentals" of business

    FullSizeRender.jpgUKIP Business Spokesman and founder of Harwood Capital, Christopher Mills has slammed the former Business Minister Anna Soubry after she suggested that British business, "could not survive without access to that free movement of labour."

    Mills said, "Ms Soubry's comments today show the same complete misunderstanding of the fundamentals of trade and business as her claim during the referendum campaign that all trade would cease after we voted to leave. Wrong then, wrong now.

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  • Margot Parker responds to Apple Tax ruling

    Margot_3.jpgThe EU has accused the Republic of Ireland of unfair state support of a business with regards Apple, and ordered the company to pay £11 billion in taxes. Marker Parker, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands and the party’s small business spokesman responded.
    “It is quite right we do as much as we can to address tax avoidance by big companies, who often use EU harmonisation rules as a way to pay as little tax as possible. There is no doubt a moral aspect to this, and working the system to avoid tax is at best ethically dubious.
    Alongside the tax avoidance situation, Mrs Parker identified the ruling as another example of the EU running roughshod over national governments.
    “If the Irish electorate is unhappy with the arrangements made between their government and Apple, it should be up to them to express their dissatisfaction through the ballot box. The message of what is acceptable when it comes to attracting big companies and inward investment is one the citizens of a country must answer.

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  • UKIP MEP hits out after figures show women earn 18 per cent less than men

    Margot_11_(1).jpgUKIP MEP Margot Parker has called on the Government to do more to cut the gender pay gap.

    The East Midlands MEP, who sits on the FEMM Committee for women’s’ rights and gender equality, was reacting after the publication of a report funded by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

    The reports states that, on average, women in paid work receive about 18 per cent less per hour than men

    And the pay gap between men and women widens consistently for 12 years after the first child is born, by which point women receive 33 per cent less pay per hour than men.

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  • UKIP sweeps back to majority control in Thanet

    ChrisWells.jpgIn an emphatic victory, taking the two District Council and both Town Council seats on offer, UKIP resumed majority control of Thanet Council in the Northwood by election yesterday evening. The by election, caused by the long awaited resignations of former Councillors Smith and Collins, brings UKIP's tally to 29 of the 56 Council seats in Thanet Council, and they resume majority control of their only District Council in the country.

    Thanet District Council Leader Cllr Chris Wells commented: "In a post-Brexit world, the media has asked what is the purpose of UKIP? And on the doorsteps the voters of Northwood have given their answer. It is to make sure the Tory government genuinely pursues Brexit. It is to ensure locally we never sink to the toxic and dysfunctional chaos of Labour administration again. It is to have a council which residents can feel proud to have act on its behalf. All the things Tory and Labour Councils have previously failed to achieve here in Thanet.

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  • Margot Parker expresses concern at plans to reduce A&E opening hours at Grantham and District Hospital

    Margot_11_(1).jpgEast Midlands MEP Margot Parker has expressed her concerns following the news United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust is considering reducing A&E opening hours at Grantham and District Hospital.

    Mrs Parker said: “I understand the great efforts the Trust has gone to while trying to deal with staff shortages, and while I can see why they are considering the drastic step of closing the Grantham Hospital A&E at night it is obviously not a desirable step for them to take.

    “A&E departments are under severe strain all over the country, but especially so in Lincolnshire which have seen high levels of immigration, and are stretched beyond the limit simply due to this drastic and rapid increase in demand.

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