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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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  • Portsmouth first City to vote to Leave the EU

    JulieSwan.jpgLast night Portsmouth City Council voted to support leaving the European Union, the first British city to declare for out. The motion proposed by UKIP was passed with a huge majority of 21-15. Portsmouth’s City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer initially refused to allow the UKIP motion to be debated, despite similar motions already having been passed by Lincolnshire County Council and Havering Borough Council. What this means practically is that Portsmouth City Council will not be able to use their taxpayer funded newsletters to the people of Portsmouth to stealth promote the European Union during the Referendum campaign.
     
    Councillor Julie Swan, UKIP’s Deputy Group Leader who seconded the motion said, “I’m delighted that the Council has passed this motion. I wasn’t born the last time that the British people were allowed to vote on membership of the EU.
     
    “It’s important to debate this once in a lifetime opportunity and to encourage the people of Portsmouth to get involved. I'm glad the Monitoring Officer finally saw things our way.

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  • UKIP Defence Spokesman Responds to the Brussels Terror Attacks

    Mike_Hookem_Police.jpgCommenting on the terror attacks at Brussels Zaventem airport and the Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels, UKIP defence spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP said, “I’m appalled at the needless loss of life and injuries caused by these heartless attacks and my thoughts go out to all those affected.”

    Speaking from the European Parliament building in Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “David Cameron says we are safer in the EU. Well, I’m in the heart of the EU right now and it does not feel very safe.”

    “The fact that terrorists can strike at the heart of the EU with apparent ease shows that they are perfectly placed to exploit the lax security situation created by Schengen agreement and the EU’s open door policies.”

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  • House prices continue to rise: Demand must be addressed

    peter_Good.jpgLondon and the South East continue to lead spiking house prices according to the Office of National Statistics. The government simply has no realistic response to the needs of an ever changing market and expanding population. So much so that the British people have little choice now in where they choose to live or bring up a family.

    Peter Whittle, UKIP's candidate for London Mayor said, "These new ONS figures just highlight what we have been saying all along, it is increasingly obvious that Londoners cannot afford to get onto the housing ladder and the sheer cost of housing increases the pressure on London services as key workers are driven further and further from the centre of the city. Until we address the issue of demand, demand driven mostly through immigration, then we will never be able to get a handle on the issue of supply and rapidly increasing costs."

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  • CBI/PwC report claims to be an economic case but the motivation is purely political

    M.R._085.gifMark Reckless, the UKIP Economics spokesman, has responded to the CBI/PwC report on Brexit Risks today, "The CBI/PwC report claims to be an economic case, but the motivation is purely political. On a very basic level this study is flawed. It appears that this new report is based on old OBR projections rather than the latest figures used by George Osborne in his Budget last week.

    "The latest OBR predictions average 2.1% growth 5 years to 2020. A growth rate requiring inward migrations figures of over 200,000 a year at least to sustain. But the PwC assumptions published today predict average 2.3% growth % years to 2020 based on earlier, superseded OBR figures.
     
    "How the report can be credible when it is 10% out on its fundamental underpinning assumption? From that basic flaw it is clear that PwC's many other assumptions therefore lack credibility, as does their report and its conclusions.

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  • EU funded CBI wrong on job losses from Brexit

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has slammed the CBI for declaring that Brexit could cost nearly 1million jobs, saying the predictions were "more at home in the script a Hollywood flop than in serious political debate."

    "The CBI receives money from the EU and has been pushing Project Fear on behalf of Brussels and big business for years: these skewed statistics are nothing new.

    "And the CBI has a track record of being wrong on the EU: They wanted Britain to join the Euro not so long ago and even the most economically illiterate europhiles realise what a disaster that would have been," she said.

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  • William Dartmouth MEP, the UKIP trade spokesman has called for transparency from the CBI

    william.jpgWilliam Dartmouth MEP, the UKIP trade spokesman has called for transparency from the CBI about their recent study completed by PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PWC).

    "It would be instructive if the CBI would publish the instruction they gave to PWC when they contracted this study. The study is, as we know based on old, out of date and superseded OBR figures. We know that the CBI has a track record of using inflated and irrelevant figures with its previous study being torn apart for deliberate error by the House of Commons Select Committee. And we also know that PWC earns tens of millions of pounds a year from its relationship with the European Union.

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  • Turkey IN means Britain OUT of the EU

    Nigel_Twitter.jpegResponding to the provisional agreement reached today at the European Council with Turkey UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: “This deal is the worst of all possible worlds.

    "Giving visa free access to Turkey will mean increased numbers of people coming to Europe. And fast tracking an unstable Turkey into EU membership is madness.

    "I feel more confident than ever that Turkey IN means Britain OUT.”

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