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"Only by being free of this desperately out-of-date customs union will we be freed and able to negotiate our own global trade deals. If Iceland can do it, so can Britain" - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage at press conference in London, 30 July 2015.

Full Q&A session here
The very idea that America has a stronger friend in a UK inside the EU is utter nonsense - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage (Express)

So, once again, President Obama has waded into the EU debate.

Either President Obama believes in global government or he has a complete misunderstanding of what the European Union is.

This is not simply a loose association of member states, but a fully formed political union with a flag, anthem, President, Parliament and all the rest of it.

It is not one that bolsters the UK's global influence in any way, shape or form. Indeed, it greatly diminishes our ability to deal with countries such as America in our own way, on our own terms.

The very idea that America has a stronger friend in a UK inside the EU is utter nonsense.

The EU now represents Britain on the World Trade Organisation, wants our UN Security Council seat and wants an EU army which would weaken the influence of NATO.
The humiliating terms imposed on Greece show just how far the EU will go to snuff out any hint of sovereignty in its member states

By Nigel Farage (exclusively for The Telegraph)

• What we are seeing in Europe is the complete and total failure of supranationalism. While cooperation between independent nations has always been important, the last few weeks have laid totally bare the European Union's brand of authoritarian dogma. Much of what I have been warning about for many years indeed is playing out on the world stage - a Greek tragedy that beggars belief.

For many years in the European Parliament I have done my best to point out how the EU's bullying tactics are not just undemocratic, but anti-democratic. I have been derided, called names, and so on (don't worry, I can take it). But now, with the EU's nauseating approach to Greek sovereignty, it is clear that more and more people are waking up to the dangers of this supranational beast sweeping aside national sovereignty completely. Many who had continued to believe until very recently that the EU was compassionate and forward-looking are beginning to realise just how backwards the whole project is.

15 July 2015, The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium, Washington DC: Featuring Keynote Speech by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP, followed by presentations and discussion with, among others, Roger Helmer MEP, UKIP Spokesman on Energy and Head of the UKIP Delegation to the European Parliament, William Dartmouth MEP, UKIP Spokesman on Trade, and Paul Nuttall MEP, UKIP Deputy Leader.
Your selfies are safe for now. Under pressure from massive public campaign, MEPs vote to keep Freedom of Panorama.

"A French MEP wished to remove an explicit British freedom guaranteed in our copyright legislation for over 100 years. Luckily for us, this time the troubling amendment was rejected by a vote of 504-44.  I have little doubt that even the European Parliament found this vote embarrassing. Your selfies are safe for now." - UKIP MEP Gerard Batten

Press Release
Today in the European Parliament, MEPs voted to reject an amendment to the Reda Report on Copyright which would have stopped people taking photographs of their favourite public monuments.
UKIP MEPs today opposed the amendment at the European Parliament which could have forced photographers in the UK to get permission to use pictures of public monuments and buildings such as the Angel of the North and the Cardiff Millennium Stadium.
Jean-Marie Cavada, the French MEP who was pushing the now rejected amendment is an ally in the European Parliament of the LibDems. He is also head of the European Movement France, an organisation in part funded by the EU to lobby for an increase in powers for Brussels. His counterpart in the European Movement UK is Laura Sandys, a former Conservative MP.
If the amendment had passed it would have meant a restriction on any monument, sculpture or building protected by the 70 year copyright period. Typical of favourite shots around Britain that would have been hit by this French-inspired ban would be the Gateshead Millennium Bridge (North East), the Cavern Club in Liverpool (North West), the National Railway Museum in York (Yorks and Humberside), the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in Dartford (east of England), the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden in Wales, the International Convention Centre in Birmingham (W Mids), the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (E Mids), the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth (SE,) the Bristol Science Museum (SW) and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.
The only way that citizens can defeat TTIP now is to vote to leave the European Union - UKIP MEP William Dartmouth

William Dartmouth speaking yesterday during the TTIP debate - VIDEO

Press Release

"The people interested in the protection of the NHS, in consumer rights and a legal system fair to small businesses will be angry with this decision of the European Parliament to pass TTIP", said UKIP trade spokesman William Dartmouth MEP.

Speaking outside the chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, after MEPs voted overwhelmingly to pass the negotiating position of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership he added: "This is a very damaging vote by MEPs which will hurt free trade and the financial well-being of patients, consumers and workers.
"The EU should not manipulate the UK's trade nor, that of any other Member State in order to promote the political pretentions of a wannabe European super state. "
UKIP MEP Dartmouth put forward amendments which he said: "require the commission to exclude specifically our British National Health Service from TTIP in its entirety." One such amendment was roundly defeated 142-507.
He lambasted the voting record of Labour MEPs over this matter who he claimed consistently voted to undermine "legal protections for the NHS. UKIP stands up for the NHS even as Labour party does not."

UKIP leader Nigel Farage tells Alexis Tsipras: "Your moment has come - lead the Greek people out of the euro with your head held high"

Press release

UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP today told the European Parliament that "The European project is actually beginning to die. This isn't just Greece we are talking about today. The continent is now divided from north to south. There is a new Berlin wall and it is called the euro."
In a debate in Strasbourg in the presence of Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Council president Donald Tusk, other political group leaders spoke in a fractious and angry exchange.
Speaking during a visit to the chamber by the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Farage turned to the Greek leader: "You have been very brave. You called that referendum. There were threats and bullying but the Greeks stood firm."
"So your moment has come, and frankly if you have the courage you should lead the Greek people out of the Eurozone with your head held high. Get back your democracy; get back control of your country. Give your people the leadership and the hope that they crave. Yes it will be tough in the first few months but with a devalued currency and with friends of Greece all over the world, you will recover."

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It's not just disaffected pensioners: young Greeks have worked out that they don't need the bloated EU

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has today written for The Daily Telegraph on the outcome of the Greek referendum and what it means for the EU:

"Whatever fine aims there were fifty or sixty years ago have no relevance to the reality of life for young people right across the EU now, including in Greece. The EU’s old, outdated ideas have been rejected at the ballot box in exchange for a new approach and fresh thinking.

"The result is a tired, stumbling European Union that is dying on its feet before our very eyes. Credibility for the project is fading fast as citizens right across Europe awaken to the reality of its authoritarian instincts that seek to run roughshod over public opinion.

"With younger generations now turning against the EU project, we can see support for the EU's dream of a United States of Europe fading fast. An outdated European Union has been found out and rejected emphatically by young Greeks in the 21st century.
As the situation for citizens becomes more desperate, the EU’s pure self-interest becomes ever clearer - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage in the Daily Express

By Nigel Farage, MEP

As my colleague Patrick O’Flynn recently pointed out in the Daily Express, the bullying of Greece by the EU has stepped up a notch.

Threats, scaremongering and fear is being put about to keep that country locked within the Euro straightjacket.
All those running the EU care about is their project.

They care not for the best wishes of the Greek people, but simply for sustaining the economic madhouse they themselves have created.
Locked inside the Euro, the Greek people have been long-suffering.

Quite simply, the European Union is quite happy to see Greece crucified as long as the shattered Euro manages to somehow stick together and carry on.
For a firm such as PwC to have such unrivalled influence over Commission tax policy shows an astounding lack of judgment from the bureaucrats. - Steven Woolfe MEP

Press Release
UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe said that ordinary British tax payers will be outraged by the revelation that a firm involved in one of Europe’s largest tax scandals is now giving tax advice to the European Commission and member states.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the main tax firms involved in the Luxleaks scandal, is on an advisory council labeled the EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum. This body provides council to the Commission on such tax areas as APAs (Advanced Pricing Agreements) which allowed hundreds of big companies based in Luxembourg to pay virtually no tax, mainly thanks to deals masterminded by PwC.
At the time, Woolfe demanded for Juncker to resign as Commission president and he reiterated that position today: "Juncker tried to kick the can down the road in November when he tragically clung onto power after the EFDD's motion of censure and now after these revelations the President's position is looking as tenuous as ever."
The biggest danger from a Brussels perspective is not that Greece will leave the European project and fall even deeper into penury, but that it will recover outside the eurozone.

By UKIP MEP Patrick O'Flynn (Express)

In the eyes of the Brussels elite the government of Greece has just committed an unpardonable sin.

It has decided to put the thorny question of whether Greece should submit to the latest demands from its creditors for a ratcheting-up of austerity to a referendum.

This is democracy in the original sense, appropriately enough as pioneered in Athens around the 5th century BC.

It does not consist of electing a group of politicians every few years and leaving them to take the big decisions.

Rather it consists of asking the citizens to decide on a profound issue about the future direction of public policy.

So no wonder European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker is leading the howls of outrage, saying he feels “betrayed” by the government of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

Mr Juncker is well-schooled in the pro-elite, anti-democratic methods recommended by the founding father of the EU Jean Monnet.
The message is clear: it simply isn’t the case that the EU would be a good thing if only we could achieve a few reforms.

By Roger Helmer, MEP

I recently wrote a piece for my newsletter (not yet published) noting that most people involved in the EU debate, including our Prime Minister, seem to make the implicit assumption that if only we could reform the EU, if only we could renegotiate our terms, there is some remaining bed-rock of benefit, some crumb of comfort, some kernel of competitiveness, that will make our EU membership worthwhile, and justify an “IN” vote.  I have argued to the contrary that I see no benefit at all beyond what could be achieved by a free trade deal, and that therefore we should be Better Off Out.

So I was struck by a remarkable essay by Roger Bootle in The Telegraph of Monday June 29th (the 160th anniversary edition, as it happens), in which he argues the case that far from offering benefits, the EU has exercised a damaging and malign influence on the economies of member-states.  Admittedly, he too uses the phrase “without reform, the EU will go on being a poor economic performer”.  But it is clear from his analysis that little or nothing would be left of the EU if the problems he points to were corrected.  It’s a superb piece, and I strongly recommend it – especially to anyone who will be campaigning on the “OUT” side in the referendum.  Indeed, I also commend it to those who plan to support the “IN” side – it may well change their minds.

He points out that “after an initial burst of success, the EU has done relatively badly economically”.  Not only against emerging markets, but also compared with mature economies like the USA, Canada and Australia, and with non-EU European countries like Norway and Switzerland.
By UKIP Leader Nigel Farage, for The Mail On Sunday

The events of Friday proved what many of us had feared for so long. We face one of the biggest threats to our way of life and our civilisation that we have ever seen.

Our approach to this issue and our behaviour needs to change right now.

I was considering going to Kenya this summer as a keen deep-sea angler but have taken the view that it is just not safe. I suspect tens of thousands of other British citizens will now be reviewing their travel plans for the summer as well.

Decisions such as this are easy. But what is more worrying is the threat which in some cases is already on our shores and, if we are not careful, will be added to by the human tide that is coming across the Mediterranean.

I have been arguing for some months in the European Parliament that the EU’s Common Asylum Policy is a terrible mistake. It sets the terms for who qualifies so broadly that it says to anyone in Africa: ‘If you come, you can stay.’
The gap between the Northern and Southern countries of the EU grows ever wider.

By Nigel Farage, MEP (Express)

I’ve been at the EU summit over the past few days and I don’t sense any congeniality left whatsoever.
There were three main things on the agenda.
Greece was the first and was debated endlessly. In fact, Eurozone countries are coming back on Saturday to talk again. [Update: Greek PM Tsipras calls snap referendum to seal eurozone fate]

Frankly, none of them know what to do. There are now signs that Germany’s patience is running out and whilst it is always difficult and sometimes dangerous to make predictions, there can be little doubt that Greece is nearer to leaving the Euro now than at any other point.
Public opinion in Greece has ran straight into Eurozone rules and compromises are becoming more and more difficult.

There is no united view in response to Greece but if the country does leave the Euro, the European Commission and Germany will comfort themselves that they’ve got firewalls in place.
My experience in markets says that if Greece does go, then people will begin to look at Italy, which has deep imbalances with the Northern EU economies.
UKIP condemns move by Conservative MEPs to have all UK jobs advertised across the EU

Press Release

UKIP MEPs Jane Collins and Tim Aker said today: "UKIP is appalled that Conservative MEPs are supporting legislation which would make it compulsory for all British jobs, apprenticeships and training programmes to appear on a European Commission website aimed at workers across the EU.

"The website, called EURES, tells anyone in the EU who wants to work in the UK that there are 850 Eurocrat advisers available to them 'to provide information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching) services' in Britain.

"The amendment which Cameron's Conservatives have tabled says that any job, apprenticeship or training programme advertised in the UK be put into this EURES system.
Paul Nuttall, UKIP MEP and deputy leader, says heavy-weight "Change or Go" report challenges Cameron's claim that being in the EU is good for the UK
Press Release
UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall today welcomed the publication by a group of business leaders and economic analysts of "Change or Go," a 1,000 page assessment of Britain's place in the EU: "This report challenges the many myths David Cameron and his allies are using to try to frighten the British people into staying in the EU."
"UKIP welcomes this list of demands for changes Cameron ought to make, but clearly is not making, in his negotiation with the EU. The report concludes that unless the Prime Minister can achieve a fundamental change in Britain’s relationship with Brussels, the country’s households and businesses will be better off if the UK opts to leave the EU."

The Prime Minister is likely only to secure very minor changes such as on benefits rules, which have been pre-agreed with other European leaders as a crumb off the table - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP

By Nigel Farage, MEP

The next big European Council meeting comes on Thursday next week when the Prime Minister will make his first big formal attempt to put forward his so-called reform agenda to other European premiers.

I’ll be over there in Brussels myself but I’m not expecting much and here's why.

There are three major factors of particular significance that mean the Cameron agenda is going nowhere fast.

The first is the continuing disaster unfolding in Greece.

With great human suffering continuing as the country remains locked inside the Euro, we have the spectacle of the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras at loggerheads with the IMF, with neither side looking as if they are going to back down.  

Frankly the situation looks as if it will be impossible to resolve and I am certain that Grexit is now on the horizon.

European Parliament
plenary session:

Strasbourg, 7-10 Sept 2015


01 SEP 2015: James Carver: Stability is the solution to the immigration problem (Foreign Affairs committee, 31.08.2015)

28 JUL 2015: Help UKIP finish the job and win the referendum

16 JUL 2015: Gerard Batten: Western civilisation has to stop kowtowing to a Dark Age ideology (LIBE Committee)

16 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: Greece sacrificed on the altar of the euro (ECON committee)

16 JUL 2015: Stuart Agnew asks Luxembourg's agriculture minister to visit UK farms (AGRI committee)

16 JUL 2015: Stuart Agnew: Member States should be allowed to decide on whether to ban GM crops or not (AGRI committee, 15.07.2015)

16 JUL 2015: Stuart Agnew: Organic farming: It isn't sustainable to import food from 5,000 miles away (AGRI committee, 15.07.2015)

16 JUL 2015: Gerard Batten: EU resettlement scheme moving asylum seekers in wrong direction (LIBE committee, 15.07.2015)

15 JUL 2015: Stuart Agnew: African swine fever could be brought into the UK by default (AGRI committee)

15 JUL 2015: Gerard Batten: European Arrest Warrant with no prima facie evidence (Civil Liberties committee)

15 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: EU funds for migration policies an exercise in bureaucratic futility (Budgetary Control committee, 13.07.2015)

15 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott questions EU anti-fraud chief Giovanni Kessler (Budgetary control committee, 13.07.2015)

15 JUL 2015: Tim Aker: UK port system needs no EU fixing (Employment committee)

14 JUL 2015: Tim Aker: The issue that will determine Britain's future in the EU (Petitions committee)

14 JUL 2015: Bill Etheridge: Classifying minorities as victims creates resentment and division (REGI committee)

14 JUL 2015: Bill Etheridge: There isn't an endless well of money for grand EU schemes and ambitions (REGI committee, 13.07.2015)

14 JUL 2015: Bill Etheridge: Would West Mids Combined Authority be a help EU Territorial Governance? (REGI committee, 13.07.2015)

13 JUL 2015: Nigel Farage slams EU over Greek economic disaster (BBC)

09 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: Death penalty for practicing Christians completely unacceptable

09 JUL 2015: Diane James: EU continues to fund and support climate of fear in Bahrain

09 JUL 2015: Steven Woolfe: A cloud of authoritarianism floats over the citizens of Europe (Explanations of Vote)

09 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: TTIP corporatist trade deal eludes real debate in European Parliament (Explanations of Vote)

09 JUL 2015: Tim Aker: New EU copyright rules will make the free less free

08 JUL 2015: James Carver: 15.4 billion euros for the EU to expand its tentacles farther - James Carver MEP

08 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: How do we deal with ISIS militants? (Bluecard question to Socialist MEP Javi Lopez)

08 JUL 2015: David Coburn: We'd be better off cooperating with Russia

08 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: In an increasingly unstable world we must work in the spirit of cooperation

08 JUL 2015: James Carver calls for the re-recognition of Somaliland (Bluecard question to Tory MEP Charles Tannock)

08 JUL 2015: James Carver: Yemen is a tragic example of the Sunni-Shia divide

08 JUL 2015: Gerard Batten: Those who want Sharia law should move to a country where they have it

08 JUL 2015: Paul Nuttall: We're encouraging radical Islamism by turning a blind eye

08 JUL 2015: Nigel Farage: Your moment has come, Mr Tsipras, take back control of your country

07 JUL 2015: Nathan Gill: Deal with corruption before tackling tax avoidance in developing countries

07 JUL 2015: Jane Collins: Millions of jobs lost on account of EU green agenda

07 JUL 2015: Gerard Batten: EU open-borders policy is counteractive on member states' security efforts

07 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: A more-of-the-same budget for a more-of-the-same EU

07 JUL 2015: Roger Helmer: EU energy policy is an economic death wish

07 JUL 2015: Julia Reid: EU energy market mechanisms are impoverishing European industries

07 JUL 2015: Bill Etheridge: 'Private Finance Initiative' schemes must be opposed

07 JUL 2015: Jill Seymour: The people of the United Kingdom do not want to be on the Commission's superstate database

07 JUL 2015: Gerard Batten: A Point of Order for a minute's silence: 10th Anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings

07 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: Parliament president stifles discussion during TTIP debate

07 JUL 2015: William Dartmouth: A watershed moment for the Eurozone (CNBC, 06.07.2015)

07 JUL 2015: William Dartmouth: EU is using TTIP to push its political agenda and establish a global regulatory regime

07 JUL 2015: Paul Nuttall: Watching the EU project fall to pieces

07 JUL 2015:
Margot Parker: Child migrants shipped into Europe disappearing into the drugs and sex trade (06.07.2015)

06 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: EU integrated ticketing system: Costs of harmonisation more likely to exceed benefits in UK

06 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: Top-down approach leads to school staff policing lunch boxes

06 JUL 2015: Jonathan Arnott: No place for 'public-private partnerships' at EU level

06 JUL 2015:Stuart Agnew: EU action is called for on symptoms without understanding the causes

06 JUL 2015: David Coburn: Imposition of EU financial rules on City of London is leading to a Brexit

06 JUL 2015: Julia Reid: Nonsensical EU legislation is de-industrialising Europe

06 JUL 2015: Steven Woolfe: Expecting jobs and growth through over-regulated, highly taxed, uncompetitive companies
(Bluecard question to Socialist MEP Fernandez)

06 JUL 2015: David Coburn bluecards Conservative Spanish MEP who thinks socialistic EU 'capital markets union' will create jobs and growth

06 JUL 2015: Steven Woolfe: Capital markets union yet another technocratic dream of centralised control

24 JUN 2015: Jonathan Arnott: Member States most appropriate vehicle to tackle corporate tax evasion

24 JUN 2015: Steven Woolfe: EU persists in prolonging decade-old economic tragedy

24 JUN 2015: Roger Helmer: Underming European industry while increasing global emissions (Industry & energy committee, 23.06.2015)

24 JUN 2015: Jonathan Arnott: EU 'strategic investments' fund doomed for disaster

24 JUN 2015: Paul Nuttall: TTIP corporatist scam hurts workers and small businesses

23 JUN 2015: Tim Aker: Tories break 2014 promise and vote for compulsory EU-wide advertising of British jobs