• Number of Romanians and Bulgarians in Britain has topped 200,000 for the first time

    migrants-all-time-high_(1).pngThe number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers in Britain has topped 200,000 for the first time, as the overall European Union immigrant workforce reached 2.1 million, official figures have shown. There were nearly 300,000 additional EU residents in Britain in the latest data compared with a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said - the largest annual rise since records began in 1997. It represented a rise of 16 per cent in a year. Among Romanians and Bulgarians - who controversially gained full access to the British job market on January 1 last year - the figures reached 219,000, a 30,000 increase year-on-year or 16 per cent, by birth rather than nationality.

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: “The number of Romanians and Bulgarians in Britain tops 200,000. I have repeatedly warned against a surge - do people believe me now?

    “The record number of EU migrants now in the UK show that inside the EU we cannot control our borders.

    “And it is clear from David Cameron’s pathetic renegotiation that the only way to control immigration is to leave the EU. Remaining will mean continued open door mass migration.”

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  • UKIP supports Sir James Dyson as he falls foul of an “anti-competitive, bureaucratic and ill-conceived” ECJ ruling

    Margot_3.jpgThe European Court of Justice has today dismissed British entrepreneur Sir James Dyson’s claim that new EU regulation on energy labelling of vacuum cleaners is discriminatory and unfair. Dyson’s vacuums, which use mainly “cyclonic” technology, are disproportionately penalised due to the flawed testing system which does not allow for fair comparison.

    UKIP MEP and Small Business spokeswoman Margot Parker commented, “I personally bought a Dyson last week but had I known this ECJ judgement was coming I would have bought two of them.

    "This judgement exposes the EU for the anti-competitive culture that it promotes. Bureaucrats hate entrepreneurs just as the EU detests democracy. Innovative British businesses are dicing with death when the EU gets them in a stranglehold.

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  • Czech Prime Minister has already "thrown a spanner in the works" for Mr Cameron

    jane-collins.jpgCzech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says his country "will insist on the free movement of people and equal rights for all EU citizens" in negotiations over the future shape of the EU and any attempts to limit freedom of movement would pose "a serious problem" for the Czech Republic and "the right to work and live anywhere in the EU is absolutely essential to us due to our historical experience".

    UKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP said the Czech Prime Minister's comments had effectively "Thrown a spanner in Mr Cameron's plans by ensuring he will not have unanimity in the Council of Ministers for wholesale legislative change on the rights of EU workers to access the UK jobs market and claim benefits."

    "Statistics published today show that 40%* of recent European Economic Area migrants are receiving benefits which places a huge burden on our social security bill. The presence of in-work benefits not only distorts the labour market but means that large companies can get away with paying the minimum wage for jobs and allowing the tax payer to top up their workers' salaries.

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  • Nigel Farage responds to the Prime Minister's speech on the EU

    nigel-quote-FACEBOOK-fix.pngResponding to the Prime Minister's EU speech today, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said: "Clear that Mr Cameron is not aiming for any substantial renegotiation. No promise to regain the supremacy of Parliament. Nothing on ending the free movement of people. And no attempt to reduce Britain's massive contribution to the EU budget.

    "His speech was an attempt to portray a new 'Third way' relationship with Brussels that is simply not on offer."

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  • Cameron's claim that the UK is insecure outside the EU is phoney and dishones

    Mike_Hookem.jpgUKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem has described the Prime Minister's claims that the UK will be less secure outside the EU as "phoney and dishonest". The MEP, who is a member of the European Parliament's Security and Defence Committee said it was "blatantly obvious that successive governments have given power over to Brussels and made this country less secure."

    "It seems the lies have started already if Mr Cameron is really going to be telling people that we need a European Military and shared information on our critical infrastructure makes us stronger: when we hand over information on our power stations and water treatment plants to countries like Romania and Bulgaria we are only as strong as our weakest link.

    "Let's not forget that if it wasn't for the insistence of British civil servants we would be sharing details of our nuclear power plants - although this government has given them all to China anyway. We are less secure because of that alone, without taking into consideration our porous borders, the ISIS terrorists hiding in the 'jungle' in Calais and new plans to welcome migrants from Africa even though countries are buckling under the pressure and there is a rise of extremism as communities launch a backlash against left wing governments.

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  • Court of Auditors describe EU spending as ‘irregular and possibly illegal’

    jonathan_arnott_1.jpgMore than €133.6 billion of European Union budget payments last year were “affected by material error”, with official auditors expected to brand them as irregular and possibly illegal.

    “Payments for 2014 are materially affected by error. We therefore give an adverse opinion on their legality and regularity,” the report concluded.

    Responding to this UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, a member of the EU Budget Control committee said: “This year's Court of Auditors' report is scathing about how the EU mis-spends its money, just as Cameron tells us back home he's renegotiating with the European Union.

    "The EU is a byword for corruption and waste. Now the EU’s own Court of Auditors has described its spending as ‘irregular and possibly illegal’. If its own auditors are so damning about its corruption, why should we contribute a penny piece to the EU?

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  • Saving transport cash is easy – just scrap HS2

    Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour today told Chancellor George Osborne how he could achieve his latest round of deep spending cuts in one fell swoop – by scrapping the HS2 rail link.

    The Department of Transport is one of four Government departments which has agreed to cut spending by more than 30% over the next four years as part of Tory party austerity measures.

    Mrs Seymour, a West Midlands MEP who sits on the EU’s Transport committee, said: “It will be a disgrace and a scandal, if the HS2 project presses ahead as planned in the light of this announcement.

    “Aside from tearing up swathes of our countryside to benefit a small minority of commuters, this vanity project looks like costing as much as £80 billion – it’s difficult to quote an exact figure, as it seems to increase every week. Meanwhile, our conventional railways remain woefully under-funded, and many of our major roads are in a terrible state of disrepair.

    “By scrapping HS2, the Department of Transport would not only be meeting its quota of cuts, but would still have significant sums left over to invest into improving our existing road and rail network starting by filling in the millions of potholes which are damaging people’s vehicles.”

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  • Emergency steel meeting in Brussels today has the whiff of desperation

    jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has said the emergency meeting in Brussels today "whiffs of desperation as the government begs its masters to let it save the UK steel industry."

    The Euro MP, whose constituency includes Scunthorpe and Rotherham where Tata steel has laid off thousands of workers, said it was "nauseating that a British minister has to plead its case with Eurocrats when the finger of blame for making the UK steel industry to uncompetitive hovered in the direction of Brussels."

    "Green levies pushing up energy prices have made our steel production more costly than in other countries which at a time of low prices thanks to a glut of Chinese steel is a death knell to the industry," she said.

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  • EU power grab on car emissions is like putting a fox in charge of the chicken coop

    Jill_Seymour.jpegThe European Commission is eyeing new powers over the car industry, as it is prepares a proposal to create central oversight of national vehicle authorisations. In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper the European Commission wants to monitor the national authorities that approve new cars before they are allowed on the market.

    Responding UKIP Transport spokeswoman MEP Jill Seymour said: “The European Commission asking for control of national vehicle authorisations is like a fox asking for control of the chicken coop. The Financial Times revealed that the Commission knew what was going on for two years about VW emissions and did absolutely nothing. People in the UK who have suffered from emission caused health problems have the European Commission to blame, as it connived in the malpractice.

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  • EU predicts 3 million more Mediterranean migrants by 2017

    StevenWoolfe.jpegThe European Union is predicting 3 million more migrants could arrive in the 28-nation bloc by the end of next year. More than 700,000 people have come to Europe seeking sanctuary or jobs so far this year. EU autumn economic forecasts released today say that based on current migrant entries and a "technical assumption" about future flows, arrival rates are unlikely to slow before 2017. The EU Commission said that "overall, an additional 3 million persons is assumed to arrive in the EU over the forecast period." The Commission says the refugee crisis has resulted in additional government spending but that it could have “a small, positive impact on European economies within a few years.”

    UKIP’s Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP, responded: "As tens of thousands of people make the trek across the Balkans every day spurred on by Mrs Merkel’s colossal summer mistake in making an open ended commitment to settle so-called ‘refugees’, the Commission has been playing catch up. Its shared quota relocation programme for arriving migrants in is in tatters as other EU states balk at trying to clean up Mrs Merkel’s mess.

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