Labour opened our borders and today attempted to keep them open even in the face of these barbaric forces - UKIP MEP Diane James
UKIP Press Release
• Labour MEPs today in the European Parliament voted for the "reintegration" to society of returning Jihadi fighters and in approval of the statement "member states must refrain from using any border control measures aimed at fighting terrorism."
Diane James MEP and UKIP Home Affairs spokesman commented,
"After the events of Paris I am astounded that Labour MEPs have voted for these amendments. The free movement of people has led to the free movement of jihad and the only way to combat this is for Member States to regain control of their borders immediately.
"Labour opened our borders and today attempted to keep them open even in the face of these barbaric forces. UK citizen's security should be paramount, apparently Labour does not agree."
"Cameron will never win fundamental reforms on the UK's EU membership as latest defeat demonstrates" - UKIP MEP Jane Collins
UKIP Press Release
• UKIP Employment spokeswoman Jane Collins has responded to claims from a European diplomat that the British government plans to drop demands for a welfare curb on EU workers describing it as "another defeat for British interests by our own Prime Minister who has proved that he cannot win a battle against fundamentalist EU ideology."
Speaking from Strasbourg, Mrs Collins said:
"Mr Cameron has insisted that reform of the EU is possible but the evidence shows it is not: Brussels has knocked back every attempt by the government to win real reforms and they will continue to do so because as we hear in Strasbourg today, they want MORE Europe, not less.
"There is no way we will be able to limit EU workers' rights because to do so would require treaty change. We can't even control our borders from terrorists because of Brussels rules.
"So when it comes to a referendum on our membership of the EU voters need to decide whether they want to subsidise businesses employing cheap migrant Labour or whether they want to be able to put British people first."
UKIP warns again that the free of movement of people is leading to the free of movement of Jihad
UKIP Press Release
•Today (25.11.15) in the European Parliament plenary UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall offered the EFDD's condolences to the victims of the Paris attacks and their families.
Speaking about the causes of the attack and potential solutions Paul Nuttall UKIP Deputy Leader said,
"We must first realise who our enemy is and who our enemy is not. We must not see foreign policy through the eyes of the student common room. We must come together to cut out the cancer of radical Islamism.
"I warned in this chamber six weeks ago, to howls of derision, that freedom of movement of people in Europe would in the end lead to freedom of movement of jihad and I'm afraid, unfortunately I was proven correct.
"So if we are to take steps to solve the crisis that we face we must first cut out its source which is the problems in Syria through a Cold War coalition and at the same time we must prevent it at home by reinstating border controls and clamping down on Saudi sponsored Wahhabism which is a growing clear and present danger within many of our communities."
"I'm disappointed to see Labour MEPs backing this report and ignoring William Dartmouth's amendment. In a particularly sensitive time, it's shameful that their MEPs have once again put the EU's neo-colonialist ambition ahead of Britain's influence and security." - UKIP MEP James Carver
UKIP Press Release
• A report today (24.11.2015) passed in the European Parliament has called for an EU seat on the UN Security Council and for the two permanent European members, the UK and France, to promote "common EU positions" on the council.
William Dartmouth UKIP MEP attempted to enter an amendment in the report calling for the UK's position on the Security Council to remain untouched. This amendment was circulated to every other UK MEP asking for support but not a single MEP, bar UKIP, offered their backing which led to the amendment being dropped without a vote.
James Carver UKIP MEP and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee commented,
"Time and time again we see the EU attempting to erode the UK's influence on the Security Council. The EU is repeating itself like a broken record and it is time we finally drew a line under this; the UK's UN Security Council seat is not up for negotiation.
"The EU intends to persuade Britons to vote to stay in with this sort of wasteful spending? Good lux with that." - UKIP MEP Louise Bourse
UKIP Press Release
• Today the European Parliament announced the winner of the LUX film prize. Entrants for this prize "must illustrate the diversity of European traditions, shed light on the process of European integration and provide insights into the building of Europe". This award will cost the taxpayer approximately €448,000 (£300,000) to run.
Louise Bours, UKIP MEP for the North West and member of the European Parliament Culture Committee commented,
"I'm delighted to see that the European Parliament is finally embracing democracy, at least on this vote there were three options compared to the election of Jean-Claude Juncker where he was the sole choice.
"For this award to cost over £300,000 is absurd. When we have local councils being forced to cut every penny possible, the EU sees 'shedding light on the process of European integration' as a high financial priority.
Schengen is a European political dream which is turning into a security nightmare
UKIP Press Release
• Responding to calls by the European Commission to establish an EU-wide intelligence agency in the wake of the Paris attacks, UKIP's Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman, Diane James MEP said:
"Schengen's open border idea allows free movement for terrorists and has resulted in mass murder in Paris.
"For our national security, there must be a return to national border controls and checking of the origin and credentials of those who are crossing borders.
"There is a clear necessity that Islamist terrorists, their ideas, their money and their weapons no longer be given a free pass around Europe because of Schengen. It is a European political dream which is turning into a security nightmare."
"Last week the EU once again failed to obtain a clean bill of health from the auditors. This week we see them gifting themselves a €10 billion euro increase. It displays perfectly the convoluted and backward way Brussels operates.”- UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott
UKIP Press Release
• The EU budget has been increased by €10 billion to €155 billion after an agreement was made by the EU ‘Conciliation Committee’.
David Cameron has on several occasions called for the EU budget to be reduced, however his government has overseen a 6.9% rise in this year alone.
Jonathan Arnott UKIP MEP and a member of the European Parliament Budgetary Control Committee commented,
“For the EU to increase its own budget by a whopping €10 billion euros and yet preach austerity at the same time displays a laughable level of hypocrisy.
• The first thing to say about Cameron’s promise of a Brexit referendum is that he would never have offered it without UKIP’s stunning success in the 2014 euro-elections, where we became the leading party in terms of vote share and number of MEPs. Of course Cameron was also under pressure within his own party, but it is clear that the rise and rise of UKIP focused his mind on the issue.
So he has promised to seek “reform” of the EU. He seems unaware of (or unconcerned about) the fact that for forty years, British politicians have argued that “we should stay in the EU and fight for reform”, and yet have abysmally failed to achieve any meaningful reform. Harold Wilson in 1975 claimed to have a new deal, but his few cosmetic changes are long forgotten: the dogs have barked, and the EU juggernaut has moved on. The EU simply doesn’t do reform.
Nor have there been meaningful reforms in recent years. Instead, an ever-rising tide of regulation and red tape which is trammelling industry and economic growth.
"Perhaps instead of just delivering a speech someone from the IN campaign would like a proper debate on our defence and security so the public can find out what is really going on?" - UKIP MEP Mike Hookem
•UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem has described the Prime Minister's claims that the UK will be less secure outside the EU as "phony and dishonest".
The Euro MP, 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 that 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.
Brussels wants oversight on national car approvals
Brussels Commission is both incompetent and power-hungry at the same time, says UKIP MEP Jill Seymour
•In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal,the European Commission is eyeing new powers over the car industry as it prepares a proposal to create centralised EU oversight to monitor national authorities that approve new cars before they are allowed into 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.
“The European Commission is now using a crisis, which they knowingly presided over for two years, as an excuse to grab more power over national institutions. This sorry episode shows that the Brussels Commission is both incompetent and power-hungry at the same time.”
• William Dartmouth MEP and UKIP Trade spokesman has written to EU Trade Commissioner Malmström demanding that action must be taken to prevent further Chinese steel imports being sold at a lower price of production in the UK, which has already led to the loss of thousands of British jobs.
In the letter [PDF] William Dartmouth MEP stated, "I urge you as Trade Commissioner to effect anti-dumping duties on imports of steel from China entering the EU. These anti-dumping tariffs must be fully proportionate to be able to safeguard the UK steel industry (as well as the steel industry in other EU member states) from further damage occasioned by anticompetitive practices on the part of steel producers in China."
He also highlighted the damage this practice has already on the UK steel sector, "Already SSI has been forced to cut 2,200 jobs in the UK, and Tata Steel a further 1,200 jobs."
•The British government was badly defeated after boasting about cutting the budget as agreed in Council in 2015, but today (28th October) the European Parliament voted to reject the cuts and instead increase the EU budget 2016 by 4 billion euro.
UKIP MEP and Budget Control committee member, Jonathan Arnott said in response:
"Europhile MEPs have gone for a bunker-busting budget, increasing spending commitments by 4 billion euro. This is a major defeat for Cameron who boasted of getting an agreement to cut the budget at the European Council in 2015. This has been shown to be a sham.
UKIP wanted to save the taxpayers' money and tabled 142 amendments to decrease the budget but of course EU-worshipping MEPs rejected them leaving ordinary people in national states with a bigger bill.
UKIP MEPs voted to cut MEP salaries and cut MEP travel expenses. UKIP put amendments to cut EU special representatives, EU propaganda projects, the EU publication office, the EU House of History museum and the European Parliament TV channel - all failed.
•The European Parliament today (27.10.2015) voted through proposals on EU phone roaming charges.
Speaking on the proposals in the Parliament, UKIP Industry spokesman Roger Helmer MEP said,
"It will benefit well-heeled executives and business executives and it will result in higher costs for domestic users. The operators will have lost a major revenue stream, they will seek to recover it and the only place to recover it is from domestic prices."
"We MEPs will get lower prices but ordinary people will pay more. Yet again we see European regulation delivering unintended consequences and perverse incentives. It is profoundly regressive.
Speaking afterwards Roger Helmer said:
"Non-roaming customers will be subsiding roaming customers. This action by the EU will increase costs for the majority who have less money and influence, to cut costs for the minority. It's a bad law and that is why we are opposed to it."
A Brexit referendum is a golden opportunity for those who wish to resuscitate democracy - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage
•"We are seeing is an increasingly authoritarian European Union that crushes democratic rights and then actually crows about it" said Nigel Farage in the European Parliament, Strasbourg today before Presidents Juncker and Tusk.
After Italy and Greece had their prime ministers deposed, Farage said, we now have the dismissal of democracy in Portugal, where the President of Portugal, Mr Silva, is refusing elected Left-wing Eurosceptics office on the grounds that they represent anti-European forces .
What we are witnessing, Farage concluded is "the modern day implementation of the Brezhnev doctrine. This is exactly what happened to states living inside the USSR."
• The evolution of the immigration crisis, and Europe’s response to it, becomes increasingly bizarre. If it weren’t so tragic and serious, you could call it farcical. Yet in a way it’s a metaphor and an example for the sort of knee-jerk compassion that we saw from Simon Schama on BBC Question Time in Dover last Thursday.
Or in that letter from 84 Church of England Bishops insisting the UK admit an extra 30,000 Syrians beyond the 20,000 to which Cameron has already committed.
As I Tweeted when I read the story, I wonder if those 84 Bishops are prepared to house and finance 30,000 more migrants? Or do they expect the rest of us to pay for their compassion and generosity?
By the way, why does the Church of England need as many as 84 bishops? I thought they were strapped for cash? But if we could billet say 100 migrants per Episcopal Palace, there’s 8400 housed straight away.
•UKIP leader Nigel Farage provoked French President Hollande to admit in a debate in the European Parliament, Strasbourg today that Brexit was a logical choice.
Speaking in the presence of Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, the UKIP leader said that we are living in a German dominated Europe which is causing resentment and division. After badly mishandling the migrant crisis, Europe was not an area of peace but of disharmony.
Farage said: there "a bright star on the horizon. It's called the British referendum and given that none of you want to concede Britain the ability to take back control of her own borders a Brexit now looks more likely than at any point in modern time."
President Hollande responded: "We've been going through this for years. If we don't want to strengthen Europe, then there's only one road and I heard what Mr Farage said that the only road is for those who are not convinced of Europe is to leave Europe.
UKIP MEP Mike Hookem speaks out over EUNAVFOR-MED offensive operations in the Mediterranean
•UKIP defence spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has branded the EU as “opportunistic chancers” after it was announced that EUNAVFOR-MED was to move into a new phase of offensive operations against people traffickers in the Mediterranean, saying the new role was the “opening gambit” for the creation of combined EU armed forces.
Mr Hookem, speaking from Strasbourg where he has criticised the EU’s handling of Libya and Turkey, said, “The EU is slowly but surely trying to move from the principle of a nation state providing national security; to a more centralised model controlled and commanded from Brussels.”
“The EU is using the current migrant crisis in the Mediterranean as nothing more than an opportunistic excuse for the creation of an EU wide army, navy and air force.”
“If any of the nation states in Europe are to keep any form of independence from Brussels, then keeping control of their own armed forces is critical.”