William Dartmouth, UKIP trade spokesman, says questions must be asked about Rake, the EU millions his CBI members soak up, the $2.4bn fine for fraud at the bank of which he is deputy chairman, and his insistence that the euro is a "great success."
•William Dartmouth, UKIP spokesman on trade and MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, said: "Sir Mike Rake this week used his position as president of the CBI to tell British business they must 'turn up the volume' on the benefits of EU membership, but he did not mention that the biggest of his members, including the BBC, take tens of millions of pounds of hand-outs from the EU institutions."
"Worse, within hours of his speech we learned that Barclays Bank, of which he is deputy chairman, was to be fined $2.4bn by the US authorities for fraud in its foreign exchange dealings. But Rake won't 'turn up the volume" on how much rigged forex cost British business during the years Barclays was cheating in a $5.3tn a day market."
•In a debate on the European Commission's Progress Report on Turkey yesterday, William Dartmouth, MEP for the South West and Gibraltar and spokesman on trade, called for the EU to suspend Turkey's pre-accession funding: "This amounts to a staggering figure of €4.45bn (£3.2bn) over seven years."
He said: "Should Turkey become a Member State, Iran, Iraq, Syria would all have borders with the UK.
"The British Liberal Democrats, the British Labour Party, and especially the British Conservatives, are all cheerleaders for Turkey to become a Member State of the European Union. I urge them in the national interest and in the interest of the Member States, to consider that whatever their rationalisation may have been when this policy was originally formulated, the facts on the ground have changed.
• The European aerospace and defence giant Airbus said today it would reconsider investment in the UK in the event of Britain leaving the European Union. Responding UKIP International Trade spokesman, William Dartmouth MEP said:
"Airbus in the recent past has flatly contradicted allegations of stopping investment if Britain leaves the EU.
"In January 2014, Airbus stated that the reason they stay in the UK is because it is a 'competitive place to do business.'
Tom Williams, Airbus UK Chief Executive and Head of Programmes said: "Clearly we have a massive investment in the UK and I don’t think there has ever been a plan to change that. The key issue is for the UK to continue to be a competitive place to do business.'
"Profitable trade and political union are not joined at the hip. Russian and American companies trade with companies in Europe without being part of a political union. Business investment depends on profits not politics.
• With Libyan Intelligence services telling us that ISIS terrorists are crossing the Med to Europe, and not just making money from migrant's misery, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said that allowing North African migrants a free run to Europe would imperil the security of European and British citizens.
Speaking in the debate "European Agenda on Migration" today in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, Mr Farage said:
"A month ago, I warned Mr Timmermans that this common EU asylum policy has absolutely no security checks whatsoever and there's a real genuine threat of ISIS using this policy to infiltrate our countries and to pose great dangers to our society. I was laughed at out loud here. People said I had no evidence for it. Well, now even the Libyan intelligence agencies are saying that ISIS are not only making money from trafficking people, but they are beginning to directly send us their terrorists. We have to have another think, we must not allow our compassion to imperil our security."
Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is proposing a mandatory migrant quota system, under which the UK would have to take tens of thousands of illegal immigrants. The short answer to that is “No, Mr. Juncker. You shouldn’t have let them in to start with - UKIP MEP Roger Helmer
•Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a plain speaking, clear thinking kind of guy. He recently commented on the Mediterranean migrant crisis: “If you want to stop the deaths, stop the boats”. At first sight, this seems like a callous approach. But there’s nothing callous about saving lives and stopping people-traffickers.
The immediate, instinctive, compassionate approach, “Let ’em all come”, leads to perverse incentives and unintended consequences. It persuades more and more people to attempt the crossing. And it acts as a Recruiting Sergeant for the traffickers. We’re doing their marketing, writing their slogans for them.
“Get on the boat for Europe. If it sinks, the Italian Coastguard will rescue you. And either way, you’ll be allowed into the EU, given food and shelter and medical treatment. And they’ll talk about repatriation, but in effect you’ll be in the EU forever. Just wait for the next amnesty”.
The Australian approach is different. “If we find your boat, we’ll tow it back to where you came from. You will not under any circumstances be allowed to land or settle in Australia”. This may sound harsh, but it stops the boats, and stops the deaths.
"As long as Britain is in the EU, the UK can be stripped of voting power if it defies EU interpretation of human rights" - Diane James, UKIP MEP and home affairs spokesman
Press release •"Tory pledges to make the British Supreme Court the ultimate arbiter of human rights are a fraud," said Diane James.
"Article 7 (TEU) of the Lisbon Treaty gives the European Council the power to strip a member state of its EU voting rights if it decides the state is in breach of Brussels' definition of human rights. This is EU law. And since EU law is at all times superior to UK law, as long as we are members of the EU our Supreme Court will be supreme in name only."
"More, Conservative plans to draft a bill to break the link between British courts and the European Court of Human Rights are equally bogus. The EU's European Court of Justice established decades ago that the European Convention on Human Rights is a document with special significance in the EU law. We have no escape from EU law as long as we are in the EU."
•"As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader of UKIP to the NEC. This offer was unanimously rejected by the NEC members who produced overwhelmingly evidence that the UKIP membership did not want Nigel to go.
"The NEC also concluded that UKIP's general election campaign had been a great success. We have fought a positive campaign with a very good manifesto and despite relentless, negative attacks and an astonishing last minute swing to the Conservatives over fear of the SNP, that in these circumstances, 4 million votes was an extraordinary achievement.
"On that basis Mr Farage withdrew his resignation and will remain leader of UKIP. In addition the NEC recognised that the referendum campaign has already begun this week and we need our best team to fight that campaign led by Nigel. He has therefore been persuaded by the NEC to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of UKIP."
By Nigel Farage MEP For so many millions of voters to have just one representative simply cannot be right •It is really quite difficult to work out whether the Ukip general election campaign has been a success or a failure. Every pundit predicted that our vote would melt away as the general election campaign neared its completion, and almost every media interview for the past few months began with the inevitable question about the “slide in Ukip support”.
UKIP says German report claiming Brexit would harm UK economy was a stitch-up
Brussels insider euro federalist Viviane Reding is at the top of think tank that commissioned report on Brexit from an ex-eurocrat
•Paul Nuttall, UKIP MEP and deputy leader, says the report by the Bertlesmann Foundation which claims to show that if the UK left the EU it could knock billions off our economy is nothing but a propaganda exercise by a German-financed load of euro-federalists: "What else could one expect from an organisation which hires ex-eurocrats and runs a headline across its website proclaiming 'The United Citizens of Europe?'"
"At the top of Bertlesmann Foundation is its board of trustees, and one of them is former European Commissioner Viviane Reding. Last year she called for a full United States of Europe. Even our own pro-EU foreign office has described her as 'an unrepentant federalist' with 'no understanding of the EU's deep flaws.'"
"This proves how powerless the European Parliament is," says UKIP MEP as French president insists parliament must go on sitting once a month in Strasbourg
Hollande insists parliament will "never" stop its £82m monthly shuttle between Brussels and Strasbourg, another reason for UK to leave EU says UKIP
• William Dartmouth, UKIP MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, said: "Obviously having the parliament and their staff, as well as senior members of the European Commission and their staff, moving to the eastern edge of France 12 times a year is an absurdity."
"The declaration by French President François Hollande yesterday that 'never will France authorise any modification of any kind' to the treaty arrangement shows that any serious change is impossible because of the French."
European Federalists are now using the Med crisis to call for a "centralised" common asylum system. It would be the death knell of national sovereignty and an inducement for more people to hand themselves over to barbarous people-traffickers in Libya - UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP
• In the wake of the Mediterranean migration crisis the European Federalists yesterday issued a press release titled, "European Federalists renew demand for a Eurozone economic & fiscal union, an EU common army and an EU immigration policy," urging the European Commission "to present a reform of the Common European Asylum System."
This was followed by a tweeting frenzy from the leader of the Liberal group in the European Parliament, Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, who has now taken the lead in calling for a "Centralised Common European Asylum System" and an "EU Blue Card that acts as an EU wide work permit."
Responding to Guy Verhofstadt's tweets, Ukip Deputy leader Paul Nuttall said:
"These Federalist fanatics expose their crazy undemocratic schemes at each crisis. There is no acknowledgement that common European policies such as the Euro or Fisheries Policy have been a disaster.