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  • EU cash for HS2 rail link is nothing short of an insult

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has slammed the ‘insulting’ amount of cash being provided by the European Union to help pay for Britain’s HS2 rail link.

    She claimed the Government was only pressing ahead with the £55 billion-plus project because of pressure from the EU’s ‘Connecting Europe’ campaign.

    But it has now been revealed that Brussels is only prepared to pay 39.2 million Euros – around £30 million – towards the ever-spiralling cost of the HS2 project.

    “This funding – which isn’t even being paid up front in one lump sum – is insulting,” said West Midlands MEP Mrs Seymour.

    “HS2 is a vanity project which does not have a valid business case, and pressure from the EU is one of the main reasons it is being built. For the EU to now offer such a paltry sum towards the £55 billion-plus construction costs of HS2 is just another slap in the face for the British taxpayer.

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  • UKIP Leader Nigel Farage speaking in Thurrock tonight

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP and Thurrock's very own Tim Aker MEP will be speaking at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet tonight as part of the latest Grassroots Out public meeting. They will be joined by the co-founders of Grassroots Out Peter Bone MP and Tom Pursglove MP and you will be able to watch the whole event online if you couldn't make it from 7pm here.

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  • The Blueprint: Our Future After Brexit

    book_v_2.pngA UKIP member of the European Parliament has written a book about the country's future following Brexit. The 76-page, easy to read book, takes us through step-by-step his idea of what might happen following a vote to leave the European Union on June 23rd and you can pre-order it here.

    Jonathan Arnott, MEP for North East England and the Party's spokesman on the EU Budget, became frustrated at the 'IN' campaign's Project Fear and the doom-mongers who suggest that the world's fifth largest economy would be unable to stand on our own two feet as part of a modern 21st-century world. Starting on June 24 2016, he takes us through the next four years on a day-by-day basis - describing how the country can overcome the little bumps on the road to independence, and how the country might change. It's a work of fiction, but it might well prove to be more eerily accurate than any crystal ball.

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  • High Energy costs driven by EU rules behind Tata decision

    Port_Talbot_Steelworks_-_geograph.org.uk_-_41552.jpgNathan Gill MEP, UKIP's leader in Wales said, said he was devastated at the news from Mumbai last night and the implications for the jobs of thousands employed both directly and indirectly by Tata's Port Talbot steel plant and stated,

    "Job losses in the UK steel industry reflect not just weak global demand and overcapacity, but government and EU rulings which force our workers to compete with their hands tied behind their back. The EU and its Renewables Directive have driven energy prices to ridiculous levels that simply drive key manufacturing industries offshore, not just to China, but also to countries such as the US which still have sensible energy policies. Coal is currently the cheapest energy source and there are millions of tons of the best quality coal in the world just a few miles up-valley from Port Talbot. Yet the EU has forced our coal plants to shut down through its Large Combustion Plants Directive, while the UK government has unilaterally banned the construction of new coal fired power stations (which are being built in Germany) through its Emissions Performance Standard.

    "Crucially, the US is protecting its steel manufacturers, having applied anti-dumping duties of over 100% to some Chinese steel imports since November 2014, while it is only in the last month that the EU has taken any action and then only with much smaller tariffs of up to 25%."

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  • UKIP Employment Spokesman says Education Secretary is a disingenuous mouthpiece for Project Fear

    JaneCollins.jpgUKIP Employment Spokesman Jane Collins MEP has blasted Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, branding her "A disingenuous mouthpiece for Project Fear".

    The europhile minister has claimed that young people will "suffer the most" if voters support Brexit in June, something Mrs Collins said was "a conundrum of a complete failure to understand basic supply and demand or a favour for her boss."

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman calls on the British government to stand by the Falkland Islanders

    MikeHookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has called on the British government to "stand by the Falkland Islanders and tell the United Nations it does not accept its decision on Argentina's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)."

    "The Falkland Islands do not lie in Argentinian waters and the UN should not be altering customary international law for the sake of one country whose actions in 1982 cost over one thousand lives," he said.

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  • Children should not be used as political pawns by left wing teachers intent on indoctrination

    Paul_Nuttall.jpegChildren should not be used as political pawns by left wing teachers intent on indoctrination, says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.

    His comments come in the wake of the NUT annual conference which on Sunday passed a motion to campaign to scrap the promotion of ‘fundamental British values’.

    Paul Nuttall MEP, UKIP's Deputy Leader, said, “Last time I checked this is still Britain and what else should be promoted but British values? They inherently include tolerance of other faiths and lifestyles, that is a fundamental value of our traditional society.

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  • UKIP Northern Ireland Leader welcomes Lord Trimble’s support for Brexit

    image_(3).jpegDavid McNarry MLA, UKIP’s Northern Ireland Leader, has welcomed Lord Trimble’s support for Brexit saying, "The support of former First Minister, UUP Leader and Nobel Laureate, Lord Trimble, for Brexit shows that the tide of logic and practical economics is winning the argument.

    "This comes hard on the heels of 250 leading business leaders supporting the campaign to leave the EU which makes a nonsense of the misinformed comments of the CBI.

    "The scaremongering by ‘better-off-in’ Yes men and Yes Women is not fooling thinking people. Voters are looking for informed arguments based on facts and reason to help them make up their minds and they are only getting this from the Brexit campaign. All they are getting from the ‘better-off-in’ brigade are discredited scare stories, increasingly wild and frankly laughable assertions. ‘Better-off-in’s’ scary fairy stories are better suited to the Brothers Grimm than the real world.

    "Brexit’s campaign is based on sound fact and argument and is backed by major players like former First Minister Lord Trimble and former Chancellor Lord Lawson.”

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  • Thurrock Council votes in favour of leaving the EU

    TG_Graham_Snell.jpg-pwrt3.jpgLast night Thurrock Council voted to support a motion from Cllr Graham Snell that Thurrock is better off outside the EU. The motion was passed 22 to 13.

    UKIP Thurrock Group Leader, Cllr Graham Snell said: "Outside the EU, Thurrock Council, like everyone else in the UK, will be free from endless regulations. We should be allowed to support small businesses in the local community rather than EU rules forcing us towards over priced contracts with big multinationals.

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  • Amber Rudd's facile analysis fails to grasp energy economics

    Roger_Helmer.jpgUKIP Energy Spokesman and MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer responding to the latest claims made by Amber Rudd suggesting that the lights would go out said, "Amber Rudd's facile analysis fails to grasp energy economics.

    "Far from producing cheap electricity, the EU has done the opposite with some of the highest costs worldwide, relying on expensive renewables. Free from the EU's energy rules and regulations we can offer lower cost coal and gas and reduce the reliance on these expensive renewables.

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