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Diane James, elected UKIP Leader, Bournemouth, 16 September 2016

Final speech as UKIP Leader, Bournemouth, 16 September 2016

Today (14.09.2016) in the annual ‘State of the Union’ debate in the Strasbourg parliament chamber UKIP’s Nigel Farage MEP labelled Guy Verhofstadt’s appointment as chief Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, “pretty much an act of war on any sensible negotiating process.”

Nigel Farage said: “If you think of this building as a temple, well Mr Verhofstadt is the high priest. A fanatic - in fact there is only one real nationalist in the room and it’s you because you want flags, anthems and armies.”

“I would argue what we really need is to have a sensible, common sense approach and for this parliament to recognise it has made a mistake and to find somebody who actually likes the United Kingdom to lead these talks.”

European Parliament Brexit negotiator is anti-British to the core, and not a man with whom we can have a grown up conversation - Nigel Farage

Press Release

Preparing for tomorrows 'State of the Union' debate in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said:

“In tomorrow’s State of the Union debate it will not just be Mr Juncker that British MEPs will be looking to.

“The European Parliament’s choice of former Belgian Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt as the Parliament’s chief divorce lawyer following the Brexit vote in the UK places a dangerous fanatic in charge of the process.
Its looks as if Great Britain just got out of the EU in time, but it is now other countries, still remaining in, which will suffer most from fiscal interference by the EU - UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe.

Press Release

Commissioner Moscovici said today in Bratislava that he would introduce a Common Tax Base system (CCCTB) throughout the EU.

Responding, UKIP Finance Spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said:

"While EU Treaty law says that the EU has no competence whatsoever on direct taxation, it is clear the EU will use the CCCTB to carry out a power grab over national corporate tax regimes via the back door.

"If you change which countries receive the corporate tax, you also change their tax take, and put fiscal pressure on them to change their rates.

"As former Irish Commissioner Charlie McCreevy correctly noted: the claim that the CCCTB would have no impact on tax rates is 'unsustainable'.

EU Brexit negotiators are different fish swimming in the same bowl of tears says UKIP's Nigel Farage

Press Release

Nigel Farage MEP commented on the recent appointments of Guy Verhofstadt and his former employee Didier Seeuws as chief negotiators for the EU:

"It is regrettable that the EU is taking such a puerile and partisan approach to the negotiations, there is no way they can be classed as independent when one formerly worked for the other. This is a textbook example of the Brussels bubble, different fish swimming in the same bowl of tears."

"Verhofstadt and Seeuws in no way represent the Flemish people who are increasingly Eurosceptic. This clear anti-British sentiment will only reinforce the British public's vindication over the Brexit vote."

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Press Release
Following the creation of a working group between Britain and Australia to discuss a future free trade deal William Dartmouth MEP and UKIP trade spokesman commented:

“Our relationship with Australia has always held special significance so I am greatly enthused to see these preliminary discussions taking place about a free trade deal.

“I urge Liam Fox to grasp this great opportunity to make Britain's trade outreach truly global in nature. Making trade deals with our Commonwealth partners is a great way to start.

“I hope that by pursuing more and more such deals we can prove that Britain is open for global business. Some people who advocated a ‘remain’ vote now seem desperate to see Britain fail, let’s show them what a free and independent Britain can achieve.”


Press Conference: Brexit - Let's Get Things Started
European Parliament, Strasbourg, 06 July 2016
UKIP Press Release

Speaking today (05.07.2016) in the European Parliament on the conclusions of the European Council meeting UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP said that the British people have spoken and now both the UK and the EU should work together to get the best deal possible.

Paul Nuttall MEP commented: “The British people have spoken and threats and bullying are not the answer to the questions the UK leaving the European Union has thrown up.

The UK and Europe are joined by geography, culture, history and trade and that will not change. Therefore it is imperative on so many levels that we are good, healthy trading neighbours.

We owe it to the citizens of both the UK and Europe to conduct these negotiations in a grown up manner so we can get the best deal for everyone.”

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage addresses the European Parliament in Brussels, 28 June 2016, during the debate on the "Outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom" (Council and Commission statements)

Nigel Farage's final rallying call: 'It's us versus the Establishment - go and vote for Britain' - Westminster conference centre, 22.06.2016 (includes Media Conference)

UKIPLeader Nigel Farage in Gateshead, 20 June 2016
We cannot afford to risk staying in a political organisation that is ready to admit Turkey and planning deeper integration, says the leader of Ukip (Express)

By Nigel Farage MEP

We are just hours away from the opportunity of a lifetime: the opportunity to get our country out of the European Union and in doing so get our borders back, our democracy back and for us to embark upon an exciting future as an independent nation.

That’s what happens if we leave the European Union. We will exit a failed political union, one which is now a disaster zone. We see a migrant crisis utterly out of control. We see a eurozone crisis causing human misery on a shocking scale.

And we see an outdated organisation that has no answers when it comes to many of the problems in the modern world. I’ve heard a lot through the course of this campaign from the wealthy establishment about GDP. About maintaining the status quo.

Well that might be all right for them with cheaper nannies and chauffeurs but it isn’t what’s in the best interests of ordinary British workers. Open-door migration has suppressed wages in the unskilled labour market, meant that living standards have fallen and that life has become a lot tougher for so many in our country.

Read entire article (Express)
Press Release

Responding to the recent Commission College meeting on the Turkish visa process, UKIP Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe said:

"The Commissioner on Migration has confirmed that the European Commission will do everything in its power to quicken the pace of the Turkish visa program.

"Given that the Commission also stated in March that it was committed to 're-energise the accession process', it is clear that both visas and eventual accession are well on track for Turkey.

"The end point of this is EU passports for an additional 75 million people with a right to come to Britain. The best, indeed only way to stop this is to vote leave on June 23rd."

See also:
Britain clears path to further Turkey EU membership talks
Press Release

The European Parliament today (08.06.2016) approved tax measures which would lead to a harmonised corporate tax base (CCCTB) as well as the introduction of tax ID numbers for every European citizen.

UKIP’s Financial Affairs spokesmen Steven Woolfe MEP commented:

“This is a shameless attempt to create a centralised EU tax system. By forcing an EU taxpayer ID - effectively a new continental National Insurance number - on every European the EU is laying the foundations for a European tax and making no apologies for it.”

“Mr Cameron is peddling lies. This is no reformed EU; a European super-state is the end goal. It already has a Parliament, a currency and a flag; a centralised tax system is currently being implemented followed swiftly by a fully-fledged standing army. There is no such thing as voting for the status quo. Don’t take the risk. Vote Leave.”

Today (08.06.2016) in the European Parliament UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP stated that the June 23rd referendum is the biggest event in the EU's history and a Brexit vote would bring an end to the entire European project.

He said: "We have in two weeks’ time what is to be the biggest event in the history of this project. It is the British referendum and it’s not just about whether Britain leaves the European Union because if we make that choice I’m confident many other countries will make that choice too."

"I hope this is the last time I’ll be speaking in this parliament from a Member State and I hope that we are going to leave this union on June 23rd. So I’m going out now, I may be some time."
Press Release

UKIP MEP Patrick O’Flynn has accused the BBC Six O’Clock News of broadcasting an “extraordinarily biased” item about what would happen to food prices outside the EU and demanded the programme acknowledges its error.

Mr O’Flynn spoke out after discovering that a supposed impartial “expert” featured in the item is actually an EU-funded Jean Monnet professor – a fact kept from viewers.

“This was not just bad broadcasting, it was biased broadcasting. The whole item was fundamentally unbalanced. For a start the reporter, Emma Simpson, failed to explain the basic fact that the nature of the EU as a customs union means that food prices within it are higher than prevailing world prices.

“Even worse, Professor Catherine Barnard was then presented as an impartial expert from Cambridge University when in fact she is a Jean Monnet Chair of EU law and as such has a strong vested interest in a remain vote.

“She went through negative or neutral scenarios for consumers before Ms Simpson briefly raised the prospect with her of being able to cut tariffs on non-EU food imports. But they immediately agreed that to do this would be “tricky”.
The EU has so much power over the UK that we can't even decide how much to tax women's sanitary items.

Press Release

The European Parliament today voted against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons during the vote on the FEMM report,"Poverty: a gender perspective".

This came in a separate vote on Paragraph 39 (scroll down) which was rejected by a show of hands.

UKIP MEP Louise Bours said after the vote in Brussels:

"The Commission promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for things like tampons, but yet they have not included it in the latest VAT reform proposals and have kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year.

"And now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Responding to the European Commission's postponement of the EU budget proposal until the 27th June, just after the Brexit referendum, UKIP member of the European Parliament's Budget Control Committee, Jonathan Arnott said:

"EU membership costs the UK a huge bag of cash each day, but the European Commission wants to keep the British public in the dark about exactly how much this will increase.

"The Commission is dishonestly withholding vital information from British taxpayers who deserve a fully-informed discussion about how much the EU is costing us.

"We currently know the EU is also holding back a wall of legislation until after the Brexit vote, but this latest move should alarm everyone who wants to make a democratic decision based on the factual cost of EU membership."

Strasbourg plenary
12-15 Sept 2016


Strasbourg plenary
04-07 July 2016

Brussels - Brexit debate
28 June 2016


Brussels mini-plenary
22-23 June 2016


15 SEP 2016: Steven Woolfe: European globalisation fund encourages job redundancy (Bluecard Question to Leftist MEP Lynn Boylan)

15 SEP 2016: Tim Aker: Follow our lead, take back control, let your people win the day

15 SEP 2016: Raymond Finch: Let's get out of this mess before it is too late

14 Sep 2016: David Coburn: Better a 'populist' than an 'unpopulist' (Bluecard Question to Socialist MEP Fernandes)

14 SEP 2016: David Coburn: Will France join Britain with Frexit? (Bluecard Question to ENF MEP Monot)

14 SEP 2016: David Coburn: Brexit must mean leaving the Single Market

14 SEP 2016: Tim Aker: You are condemning your youth to misery and unemployment

14 SEP 2016: Jonathan Arnott raises some budgetary issues on the way to Brexit (Budgets committee)

14 SEP 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Travel document for the return of migrants is just another EU power grab

14 SEP 2016: Steven Woolfe: EU taxation of nation states by the back door

14 SEP 2016: Steven Woolfe: The big apple of death to prosperity and freedom

14 SEP 2016: James Carver finds best way to deliver letter to President Schulz

14 SEP 2016: Nigel Farage: People across Europe would not endorse a European Army (Second Round of group leaders' speeches)

14 SEP 2016: David Coburn: More people across Europe are supporting Brexit (Bluecard Question to EPP group leader Manfred Weber)

14 SEP 2016: James Carver: EU militarism disregards aspirations of neutral member states (Bluecard Question to Liberal group leader Guy Verhofstadt)

14 SEP 2016: David Coburn: After Brexit, will there be a vote on Frexit? (Bluecard Question to EFN leader Marine Le Pen)

14 SEP 2016: Gerard Batten: Shouldn't Britain leave the EU as quickly as possible, Mr Verhofstadt? (Bluecard Question to Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt)

14 SEP 2016: Nigel Farage: EU high priest appointment for Brexit negotiations a declaration of war

13 SEP 2016:
Patrick O'Flynn: EU seems purpose-built to encourage social dumping

13 SEP 2016: James Carver: Turkish regime used migrant crisis to pull EU's strings

13 SEP 2016: Raymond Finch: EU bribing and enabling a totalitarian regime in Turkey

13 SEP 2016: Tim Aker: Brexit must benefit those who voted to get our country back

13 SEP 2016: William Dartmouth congratulates ex-president Barroso on his Goldman Sachs appointment (Point of Order)

13 SEP 2016: Roger Helmer: European Parliament report displays extraordinary hubris

13 SEP 2016: Patrick O'Flynn: Failing EU and its members count for less in the world

13 SEP 2016:
Gerard Batten: EU create the problem then offers power-grab solution (LIBE committee, Q&A w/Commissioner-Designate Julian King, 12.09.2016)

13 SEP 2016:
Gerard Batten: Which master will you cleave to, Sir Julian? (LIBE committee, Q&A w/Commissioner-Designate, Julian King, 12.09.2016)

12 SEP 2016:
James Carver: Our honey bees face extinction

12 SEP 2016:
Margot Parker: Africa: barriers to trade ensure reliance on EU aid

12 SEP 2016:
Julia Reid: EU regional subsidies: cronyism at taxpayers expense

12 SEP 2016:
Julia Reid: EU's strategy on heating and cooling reinforces its destructive energy policy

12 SEP 2016:
Paul Nuttall: European Parliament's Brexit negotiator is no friend of Britain

08 SEP 2016:
Stuart Agnew: EU embargo creating an awful lot of problems and no solutions

08 SEP 2016:
Stuart Agnew: EU legislating on anything that moves (AGRI committee)

30 AUG 2016:
Stuart Agnew: Paying dairy farmers to produce less

30 AUG 2016:
Stuart Agnew: European competition and state aid rules

30 AUG 2016:
Stuart Agnew: Agriculture: EU dealing with price spikes by killing off market stabiliser

30 AUG 2016:
Stuart Agnew: Will EU farming funds go to house recent migrants in rural areas?

24 AUG 2016:
Nigel Farage speaks at Donald Trump Rally in Jackson, Mississippi

29 JUL 2016:
Nigel Farage in America: You guys are going to see a lot of Liam Fox

22 JUL 2016:
Nigel Farage talks to Channel 4 at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio

21 JUL 2016:
Nigel Farage: In Cleveland for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland

17 JUL 2016:
Nigel Farage takes questions on LBC

14 JUL 2016:
William Dartmouth: 'Market Economy Status' for China to be pushed through (International Trade committee)

14 JUL 2016:
Stuart Agnew: Subsidising unviable land makes no sense (AGRI committee)

14 JUL 2016:
Stuart Agnew: Disruptive effects of EU meddling in the sugar market (AGRI committee, 13.07.2016, afternoon session)

14 JUL 2016:
Stuart Agnew: Sugar beet growers getting the 'tobacco treatment' (AGRI committee, aftrernoon 13.07.2016)

14 JUL 2016:
Stuart Agnew: The EU's 'Agri-Environment Climate Scheme' for 'Climate Resilient Agriculture' (AGRI committee, 13.07.2016, morning session)

14 JUL 2016:
Stuart Agnew: EU contradictions: Making organic farming less competitive while banning pesticides (AGRI committee, 13.07.2016, morning session)

13 JUL 2016:
Nigel Farage: One massive lesson for America from the Brexit referendum (Fox Business)

13 JUL 2016:
David Coburn bids Commissioner Hill farewell (Economic and Monetary Affairs committee)

13 JUL 2016:
William Dartmouth: Trade now explicitly an EU foreign policy tool (International Trade committee)

12 JUL 2016:
Gerard Batten: Europol's strategic relationship with political gangsters (Civil Liberties committee)

10 JUL 2016:
Nigel Farage takes questions live on LBC

07 JUL 2016:
David Coburn: Mutual recognition solves the problem of EU imposition (Bluecard Question to Socialist MEP Ayala-Sander)

07 JUL 2016:
David Coburn: Imposing uniformity vs mutual recognition

07 JUL 2016:
William Dartmouth: Rat-calling Liberal group leader put straight

07 JUL 2016:
Diane James: EU should end trade barriers against African agricultural products

06 JUL 2016:
James Carver: EU global ambitions jeopardise French seat on UN Security Council

06 JUL 2016:
James Carver: No better way to mark UK's return to independence