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"Perhaps he could also explain why the BBC receives money from the EU but this is not recorded in their public accounts." - UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP

Press Release

Responding to Lord Patten, who said the BBC may be giving 'excessively deferential' treatment to the Brexit campaign, UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP said:

“This is a bit rich, coming from a man on a fat European Commissioner pension and who wants to remain in the EU.

The most senior BBC News editors have previously admitted that the BBC has been biased for years in favour of the EU and against discussion of immigration.

Given that the BBC has just aired a four part laudatory documentary on President Obama, and the BBC’s former Brussels producer Lucy Thomas is currently deputy head of the Remain campaign, it is clear Lord Patten is heavy on rhetoric but very light on fact.
Press Release

Home Secretary Theresa May was today advocating the UK leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg.

Responding UKIP Justice and Home Affairs Spokeswoman Diane James MEP said :

“Theresa May is pulling out this tattered rag of an argument to comfort disgruntled Tories without checking the facts.

The facts are that by EU Treaty law we must be signatories of the European Convention of Human Rights and the UK is bound by its judgements. To say otherwise is misleading people or at best not to be aware of the legal truth.

The Home Secretary is now drowning in a sea of fact. Yesterday she acknowledged that it is more difficult to control immigration while we are members of the EU.

Today, she raises the issue of the ECHR, saying we must leave it, but fails to tell people we can only leave it if we first leave the European Union.

There is no escape from EU control of our human rights legislation, or from domination of our law by the ECHR, as long as we remain members of the EU.
Press Release

A VoteWatch Europe special report, Would Brexit matter? The UK’s Voting Record in the Council and European Parliament, out today, shows that the UK is the most outvoted Member State in the EU Council, while British MEPs are the least likely to be on the 'winning side' when it comes to votes in the European Parliament.
UKIP’s Trade spokesman and Deputy Chairman William Dartmouth MEP said:

“This report demonstrates that Britain in the EU really is like a square peg in a round hole. We are by a country mile the most outvoted state at the European Council and in the European Parliament.

In the EU, the British government has consistently failed to protect our national interests. We are better off outside the EU when we can take back more control of the laws which affect our businesses and lives. 

The UK has one Commissioner out of 28. That fact and the consistent losses at the European Council shows the UK has no meaningful influence in the EU.”

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage speaks during the debate on the "Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 March 2016 and outcome of the EU-Turkey summit", European Parliament, Strasbourg, 13 April 2016.
Press Release

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and the French Prime Minister met for a meeting in the European Parliament today to discuss security at the European Parliament today. In the meeting the French PM, Manuel Valls, confirmed that relations will remain close between the UK and France in intelligence and security in the event of a Leave vote in the upcoming EU.

Commenting on the meeting Nigel Farage said, "At a meeting this lunchtime with the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls he made clear and I quote "I believe in the European project". He called for the EU to have more "resources" by which he meant more power for the EU to deal with defence, security and the Eurozone.

"When I asked him about France's relationship with the UK in the event of Brexit, he replied that whilst he wanted the UK to stay in the EU he would respect the result and clearly said 'relations will remain close between the UK and France in intelligence and security in the event of the British people voting to Leave.'

Press Release

Coming to a head in June is a European Court of Justice case which could cost the UK taxpayer up to a total of £50 billion.

Multinational corporations with EU subsidiaries have already been paid back £7.78 billion.

UKIP Finance spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said: “The ECJ is making a full frontal attack on UK tax sovereignty and a lunge for the pockets of British taxpayers. It’s outrageous that an EU court can overturn a settled decision made by our parliament.

OBR figures for 2016 show that the UK made a contribution post-rebate of £15.3 billion. These latest paybacks enforced by the ECJ on British tax authorities should be added to the UK contribution figures so voters have a true idea of how much EU membership is costing us each year.

Only by leaving the EU can we take back control of our tax system and our national finances.”


EU tax judgments could cost Britain £50bn
UK-EU economic relations - Briefing paper from the House of Commons - 19th January 2016 (PDF)
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage responding to the new pro-EU campaign leaflet said: "Why is the government spending £10 million of our money telling us what we should think and what we should do?

"This is very much like what happened in 1975, legally it is questionable and morally it is wrong. It was wrong in 1975 and it is wrong now.

"This government scam confirms my view that this referendum will be defined by the battle of the people versus the political class.

"Furthermore, the document is jammed full of lies and inaccuracies including the claim that we currently control our borders. We don't. It is outrageous to suggest otherwise."

See also: Cameron's Referendum flyer opposed by Election Commission
Obama is so fond of the EU’s political union I wonder what the chances are of him agreeing to let a Supreme Court in Mexico have final say over US laws, and the American people agreeing to a free movement deal with Mexico, and them having a common army with Colombia. That is what an EU equivalent in the Americas would be.” - UKIP MEP Louise Bours

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“The BBC has shown outlandish pro-EU bias by accepting to air a sycophantic documentary of President Obama grant-aided €300,000 by the European Commission, weeks before he visits London to spread a Remain message,” says UKIP MEP Louise Bours. The last part of the four piece documentary is broadcast Tuesday 5th April.

“By choosing to air such a ridiculously sycophantic and EU-funded documentary on President Obama, the BBC has shown its clear bias again on EU matters.”

MEP Bours, a member of the Culture Committee in the European Parliament said from Brussels today:

“Coming hot on the heels of EU funded BBC mockumentary ‘Great European Disaster Movie’, it is clear the BBC has no shame, but at least this time, they displayed the EU logo in the credits.

Speaking personally I find that many fine BBC journalists work in an honest and balanced fashion.  I regret to note that the BBC Bureau in Brussels however rarely asks UKIP MEPs for comment while Pro-EU pundits get frequently interviewed.
"How dare Mr Juncker use a crisis which the Commission helped to create, as an excuse for a new EU power grab." - UKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP

Press Release

Responding to Commission President Juncker’s call for an EU Security Union, UKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP said, “Juncker must be literally mad if he thinks British people will sign up to a security union with the EU after it has shown itself dangerously incompetent on this issue.

Inexperienced bureaucrats at the European Commission are not better placed to deal with British security than British security services.

Schengen open borders have allowed ISIS to create a crisis in the centre of the European Union. What Britain needs to do is to stop the flow of the unknown, the illegal and the undesirable crossing the Channel from the Schengen area via Calais.

Commenting 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.”

“And despite the arrest of Salah Abdesalam at the weekend, these attacks should come as no surprise when you consider that the British head of Europol warned only last week that as many as 5,000 ISIS-trained jihadists are wandering free in Europe.”
On Tampon tax: Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately rather than beg for EU concessions that could take years to implement  – UKIP MEP Louise Bours

UKIP Press Release

UKIP MEP Louise Bours said:

“Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately rather than beg for EU concessions that could take years to implement. David Cameron having to plead for change just shows how weak and dependent he is on the EU.  Let’s vote to get out in June and control our own affairs.

Under the current EU VAT rules (VAT directive) it is impossible to reduce an item to zero rate. No matter what was agreed in principle at the EU Council- that is the current EU law. These proposed changes on VAT rules will have to be proposed by the Commission, voted on by the European Parliament and agreed on by the Council. It could potentially take years.

If we were outside the EU we could have decided to scrap the tampon tax years ago, instead we will now have to wait for the EU bureaucracy and legislative process to take its course, which could take years. It is completely outrageous the undemocratic EU gets to decide and set our tax rates in such a way.”
UKIP Press Release

Today in the European Parliament UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP accused the EU of allowing itself to be blackmailed by Turkey over the migrant crisis and asserted that the safest option for the British people is to vote Leave before Turkey can join the European Union. He was debating the upcoming European Council meeting on March 17th-18th.

Nigel Farage said: "The historic error made by Chancellor Merkel last year by saying all can come has led directly to this mess and now we are being blackmailed by Turkey. I wish that David Cameron was as good at negotiations as the Turks are."

"So we are going to go into political union with a country that has got borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria, a country that is poorer than anybody else in the European Union and give free movement to 75 million people. And join up with a government that is increasingly islamist and authoritarian."

"Well this referendum in Britain is all about what is the safest option. It is pretty clear to me that a vote to remain is a vote for Turkey, a vote to remain is a vote for massively increased immigration into Britain and a vote to remain is a vote that makes Britain more vulnerable to terrorism. It is safer to vote to leave and take back control of our borders."

"So long as the UK is an EU member, British consumers cannot purchase goods at world prices." - UKIP Trade spokesman William Dartmouth MEP

UKIP Press Release

In response to the Government paper on Brexit, UKIP Trade spokesman William Dartmouth MEP said:

"A Cabinet Office report has examined several arrangements for trading outside the EU and claims that these alternatives would lead to higher tariffs than those faced by the UK as an EU member - and that such tariffs could be passed on to British consumers as higher prices.

"But the facts are the opposite of what this report suggests.  On joining the then European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, the UK had to cancel pre-existing trade agreements that it enjoyed with the countries of the Commonwealth - which allowed the UK to enjoy low food prices.  Their cancellation via EU membership forced the UK to apply the EU's Common External Tariff - and as a result, drastically raised UK food prices.  Over the period 1973-2004, the price of flour in the UK rose 360%; sugar 650%; and butter 660%.

"So long as the UK is an EU member, British consumers cannot purchase goods at world prices.  On BREXIT, as Professor Sir Patrick Minford has demonstrated in a simulation, there would be an almost immediate 8% reduction in the UK cost of living.  This fact demolishes the Cabinet Office report's argument, which is probably why the report neglects to mention it.
...is how leaving the EU would bring a plague of locusts upon us

by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP (Breitbart)

As the EU referendum campaign heads into week two I can scarcely believe my eyes and my ears.

The government, from the Prime Minister down, are using the kind of Project Fear tactics that I might have expected to see them using in the last fortnight.

I can only suppose that the Prime Minister was deeply shocked by Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and as many as 140 Tory MPs backing the Leave side.

He has clearly decided to try and kill off the Leave campaign by firing off the whole magazine of rounds at once.
Yesterday we heard that it might take up to ten years to sort out new trading arrangements. Perhaps this kind of hopeless scaremongering will extend to a hundred years by the time June 23rd comes along.

Quite why the Prime Minister thinks we’re so incapable to negotiate our own trade deals, that we couldn’t even do as well as Iceland, is beyond me.


UKIP Leader Nigel Farage - 2016 Spring Conference, Llandudno, Wales, 27.02.2016
UKIP Press Release

The European Parliament today, 25.02.2016, voted through legislation which expands and strengthens EURES, a scheme that requires UK Job Centre Plus to put all jobs publically advertised with them on to an EU wide recruitment website and allows private employment services to apply to join EURES.

Jane Collins MEP and UKIP employment spokeswoman commented:

"This expanded EURES agreement means every man and his dog can apply for a job in Britain and Job Centre Plus is obliged to advertise all vacancies to half a billion people.

"So not only are we seeing jobs on tax payer funded websites demanding that painters and decorators speak fluent Polish and estate agents speak Romanian as part of a clever tax swizz for big development companies, we are now making life even harder for unemployed British people desperate to find a job."
UKIP Press Release

Today, speaking in the European Parliament in Brussels UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP questioned the European Council President Donald Tusk over whether Cameron’s deal is legally binding and called for Britain to make the safe choice and leave the European Union.

Nigel Farage MEP questioned, “But is this deal legally binding Mr Tusk? The ECJ rule in favour of the existing treaties until we get a new treaty. But who is to say there is going to be a new treaty? Any new treaty would trigger yet more referendums and would not be favoured by the big groups in this parliament.”

“Is it safe to stay within an organisation whose own police boss tells us there are 3000-5000 terrorists that have now come into our continent through the migrant crisis or is it safest to take back control of our own borders and our own democracy? After much consideration I have decided to opt to vote for us to leave.”
Nigel Farage meets Steel workers at Brussels Demo of 5k marchers

UKIP Press Release

UKIP leader Nigel Farage today joined protestors from all across Europe in a march against Chinese steel dumping onto the European market which is pushing prices down and making thousands of European steel workers redundant.

Whilst on the march Nigel Farage commented:

"It is pathetic that the British government must go cap in hand to beg the European Commission to prevent dumping of Chinese steel which is causing huge job losses. In a nutshell, it encapsulates why we must have control of our own destiny and a government directly accountable to the British people rather than an unelected Commissioner in Brussels.

"What people are forgetting here is that steel is a strategic industry. This is something in a time of crisis we need and if we lose it we’ve actually lost something fundamentally important."

“Even if George Osborne was a British chancellor that wanted to stand up for the steel industry it wouldn’t matter because we are in a minority here. The problem is we are lobbying an unelected European Commission that no one can vote for and no one can sack.”
Trial by jury, the presumption of innocence and habeas corpus can only be fully upheld and respected if we leave the EU and its plethora of sub-standard judicial practices - UKIP MEP Diane James.

UKIP Press Release

Publicising the adoption of new rules to ensure presumption of innocence across the EU today, the European Commissioner for Justice said that “today, there are still some disparities in the protection of the presumption of innocence across the European Union. The new common rules will guarantee that the rights of citizens involved in criminal proceedings are respected by police and judicial authorities.”

Responding, UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman Diane James MEP said:

“So we have got the EU Commissioner for Justice admitting that not all EU judges/courts are safe and fair yet. Doesn't that make the case against the European Arrest Warrant for us?

The whole point of the European Arrest Warrant is that innocent people can be extradited to another EU state and put in jail before being convicted. This is the very opposite of presumption of innocence as we have in the tried and tested British legal system.
It's people power that will defeat Cam's Scam

UKIP Press Release

 Absolutely nobody in Britain would today vote to join the EU and it's people power which will win the coming referendum, said Nigel Farage speaking in the European Parliament, Strasbourg in a debate on the forthcoming European Council with Commission President Tusk.

A day after the release of Cameron's deal with European Council president Tusk, which Farage earlier described as "Cam's Scam", he listed the huge loss of control and money that the UK would undergo if it were today deciding on joining the EU.

David Cameron said yesterday under the present deal he could vote to join the EU.

Farage responded today: "If the question in June was, should we join the EU, we'd have to tell the British people you have to surrender the control and sovereignty of your parliament and have 75 percent of your laws made somewhere else.

"Your supreme court will not be supreme; you will be overruled by a court of Luxembourg made up by people who aren't even judges.
You will have to give up your fishing grounds, including in some places 200 miles of the North Sea. And you must cut your links with the Commonwealth and the wider world because you are no longer fit to negotiate your own global trade deals.

"Oh, and by the way for all of this you will be paying 55 million pounds a day as a membership fee."

Strasbourg plenary
09-12 May 2016

Brussels mini-plenary
27-28 April 2016

Strasbourg plenary
11-14 April 2016


30 APR 2016: Nigel Farage: Immigration issue will win the Brexit vote (Daily Politics, 29.04.2016)

28 APR 2016: Jill Seymour: EU Railway Package: Compromising best standards at a hidden cost

28 APR 2016: Paul Nuttall: Down the Path of Madness towards a Turkish-dominated Europe

28 APR 2016: Patrick O'Flynn: Turkish accession could replace current migration crisis

27 APR 2016: Gerard Batten calls on Home Secretary to stop extraditing UK citizens to inhumane prisons

27 APR 2016: Gerard Batten: Obama threat shows how low Britain has sunk

27 APR 2016: Bill Etheridge: Steel crisis proves the EU is incapable of 'future-proofing' (Bluecard Question to EPP MEP Brian Hayes)

27 APR 2016: Jane Collins: European Investment Bank: British taxpayers money to fund jobs worldwide

27 APR 2016: Stuart Agnew: Agricultural produce: seeking stability in prices and supplies (AGRI committee, 26.04.2016)

27 APR 2016: Stuart Agnew: Increasing employment in rural areas (AGRI committee, 26.04.2016)

26 APR 2016: Stuart Agnew: Mercosur EU trade agreement will spell disaster for grass-fed livestock farmingĀ  (AGRI Committee)

26 APR 2016: Stuart Agnew: EU taxpayers money for bogus rural development projects (AGRI committee)

25 APR 2016: Nigel Farage: Obama is parroting the Cameron line (Murnaghan, Sky News, 24.04.2016)

21 APR 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Imagine the USA trapped in an organisation like the EU

19 APR 2016: Nigel Farage: 'We want our country back!' (joined by Tory MP Chris Grayling at Brexit rally in Stoke-on-Trent, 17.04.2016)

14 APR 2016: Diane James: Where's the value in the millions granted to Nigeria for human rights?

13 APR 2016: Margot Parker: A stack of EU business regulations higher than Nelson's Column

13 APR 2016: Diane James: EU has no competency to address protection of trade secrets

13 APR 2016: Stuart Agnew: Making the EU bigger does not make the EU better

13 APR 2016: James Carver: Turkish membership would cause shift in dynamics in European Parliament (Bluecard Question to ECR MEP Czarnecki)

13 APR 2016: Julia Reid: Turkish membership alone is a big reason for Britain to leave EU

13 APR 2016: James Carver: Turkish EU accession is a threat to Britain

13 APR 2016: Gerard Batten: Data protection must remain the responsibility of democratic nation states

13 APR 2016: Say No to the Yes Men (EFDD group)

13 APR 2016: Diane James: EU plan for centralised military and defence capability finally revealed (Explanations of Vote)

13 APR 2016: Bill Etheridge: Socialists support forcing Member States to take in refugees (Bluecard Question to Socialist MEP Tanja Fajon)

13 APR 2016: Nigel Farage: The people's army will prevail over anti-democratic EU

13 APR 2016: James Carver: British people's patience has finally run out (Bluecard Question to Liberal group leader Guy Verhofstadt MEP)

12 APR 2016: James Carver: UK should not entrust Defence of the Realm to EU institutions

12 APR 2016: James Carver: UK global obligations can never fit comfortably into EU foreign policy straitjacket

12 APR 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

12 APR 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Has David Cameron caved in over EU army?

12 APR 2016: James Carver: EU foreign policy becoming bolder and far more intrusive

12 APR 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Regaining our sovereign right to take decisions for ourselves

12 APR 2016: Nigel Farage: IMF 'is an outpost of the EU' (BBC)

12 APR 2016: Steven Woolfe: Europe's biggest tax haven is Brussels

12 APR 2016: Bill Etheridge: Political Correctness one of the biggest barriers towards combatting terrorism (Bluecard Question to Socialist MEP Niedermuller)

12 APR 2016: Steven Woolfe: EU open borders arrangement an international passport-free zone for terrorists (Bluecard Question to Liberal MEP Sophie in 't Veld)

12 APR 2016: Diane James: EU open border mantra encourages movement of criminals, terrorists and weapons

12 APR 2016: Steven Woolfe: Vote Leave if you're against EU indoctrination in British schools (Explanations of Vote)

12 APR 2016: Steven Woolfe: Vote Leave to avoid Britain being dragged into EU-wide migrants resettlement programme (Explanations of Vote)

12 APR 2016: Stuart Agnew: Glyphosate pesticide ban has ulterior motives

12 APR 2016: Bill Etheridge: Forcing Member States to take in immigrants has no popular support (Bluecard Question to Socialist MEP Lopez Aguilar)

12 APR 2016:
Gerard Batten: Brexit the only way for UK to take back control over migration

11 APR 2016: Gerard Batten: The essential question is, do you want to live in a democratic state?

11 APR 2016: James Carver: UK government must rise to the challenge of tackling the problems facing Britain's travelling communities

10 APR 2016: Nigel Farage: SNP are not Scottish nationalists, they are not for independence, they're little more than European regionalists (Grassroots Out, Glasgow, 07.04.2016)

06 APR 2016: TTIP, the EU/US trade agreement, is a corporate attack on our NHS (EFDD group)

30 MAR 2016: Nigel Farage: We can make June 23, 2016 UK Independence Day (Newport, Wales, 29.03.2016)
- Q&A session here

16 MAR 2016: Stuart Agnew: UK money will cease to flow with Brexit (AGRI committee, 15.03.2016)

16 MAR 2016: Stuart Agnew exchanges views on pesticides with the Commissioner for Health & Food Safety (AGRI committee, 15.03.2016)

15 MAR 2016: Stuart Agnew: Two ways of reducing price volatility in agricultural products

15 MAR 2016: Stuart Agnew on the viability of biomass (AGRI committee)

14 MAR 2016: Stuart Agnew: The dynamics of smaller farms (AGRI committee)

10 MAR 2016: Steven Woolfe: An old idea that's destroying Europe

10 MAR 2016: Steven Woolfe: Is Banking Union the only option for the Eurozone? (Bluecard Question to Socialist MEP von Weizsacker)

09 MAR 2016: Diane James: EU Commission should have no role in area of whistle-blowing

09 MAR 2016: Diane James: Thalidomide victims: 60 years of German prevarication and delay

09 MAR 2016:Julia Reid: UK should regulate veterinary medicine, and post-Brexit we will

09 MAR 2016: James Carver: It's NATO that's kept the peace in Europe since 1945, not the EU

09 MAR 2016: James Carver: EU discredits its Member States' foreign policies

09 MAR 2016: James Carver: Regional actors are Key to issues over Eritrea

09 MAR 2016: Mike Hookem: EU blindly throwing British taxpayers money at despotic Eritrean leaders

09 MAR 2016: Steven Woolfe: A continent that's dying because of EU laws

09 MAR 2016: Steven Woolfe: A vote to remain is a vote for taxation without representation (Explanations of Vote)

09 MAR 2016: Steven Woolfe: This is about leaving something that's dark and desperate (Explanations of Vote)

09 MAR 2016: David Coburn: Socialists will be last to admit EU-Turkey migration deal is a joke (Bluecard to Socialist MEP Bostinaru)

09 MAR 2016: Nigel Farage: A Vote to Remain is a Vote for Turkey