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  • People across Europe would not endorse a European Army

    Making his second speech following the State of the European Speech UKIP MEP and EFDD Co-Leader Nigel Farage MEP said that people across Europe would not endorse a European Army - watch the full speech here: 

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  • EU Army is happening admits EU President

    Mike_Hookem.jpgSpeaking from Strasbourg, UKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP said: "President Juncker speaks openly today of an EU army, something the remainers vehemently during the referendum campaign.

    "He has denied he wants it to run alongside NATO but how long before he wants to replace NATO in the wake of Brexit?

    "During the campaign we were lied to about there being no plans for an EU Army. Here in Strasbourg Juncker makes it clear that Brussels wants its own military and we will not have the power to protect ourselves.

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  • Verhofstadt’s appointment is declaration of war on sensible Brexit negotiations

    Today in the annual ‘State of the Union’ debate in the Strasbourg parliament chamber UKIP’s Nigel Farage MEP labelled Guy Verhofstadt’s appointment as chief Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament “pretty much an act of war on any sensible negotiating process.”

    Nigel Farage commented in the debate: "If you think of this building as a temple, well Mr Verhofstadt is the high priest. A fanatic, in fact there is only one real nationalist in the room and it’s you because you want flags, anthems and armies.

    "I would argue what we really need is to have a sensible, common sense approach and for this parliament to recognise it has made a mistake and to find somebody who actually likes the United Kingdom to lead these talks."

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  • Brexit Britain receives another fillip from new trade figures

    william_d.jpgToday’s trade figures from the ONS show a narrowing of the trade deficit by £1.1bn including a £0.8bn (1.9%) growth in exports in goods and services, the fact that in a post referendum Britain the economic reality is positive. William Dartmouth MEP, the UKIP Trade spokesman said, “Yet more good news from official figures. The UK is open for business and far from falling apart our businessmen and women are taking advantage of the opportunities occasioned by the Brexit vote, rather than falling apart as predicted.

    “Even those big corporates that funded the remain campaign are now changing their tune about how they say the UK economy is going. Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have dropped their doom and gloom and threats of recession and now predict growth.

    “This is not the result of panic action by the Government or the Bank of England as some try to claim, but of the health and resilience of the British economy, and the men and women within it who work so hard to make their enterprises successful in a global, not merely European, economy”.

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  • Another flagship UKIP policy goes mainstream

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegResponding to Theresa May’s speech on education today, Nigel Farage said: "The Government is now supporting the creation of new grammar schools; yet another flagship UKIP policy goes mainstream.

    "We in UKIP have campaigned for a return to selective education and at times it has felt a lonely place, but today's announcement is great news.

    "Grammar schools work and help the poorest in our society get on in life. I am delighted by what I've heard from the Prime Minister.

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  • 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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