• Speaking in Strasbourg today on the EU's Millennium Development Goals of 2000, UKIP MEP Gerard Batten said "no one can fail to be astounded by the complete lack of reality in believing that such goals could be achieved by the target date of 2015."
Mr Batten said that apart from the "totally unrealistic time-scales to achieve these gargantuan tasks, there is the amount that the report now says should be spent."
"Where is the money to come from?" Mr Batten asked. "Most countries in Europe, including Britain, are on the verge of bankruptcy and only stringent public spending cuts will reverse the situation.
"We should not be thinking of more ways to tax those businesses that still make profits and drive them abroad beyond the EU's control," warned Mr Batten, before making four proposals:
"Relax EU trade barriers and protectionist measures that restrict trade with poorer nations.
"Dismantle the ever increasing burden of regulation and red tape that is strangling business across Europe.
"Abolish the European single currency and allow countries like Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain to return to the world of economic reality.
"And of course Britain should leave the European Union as soon as possible," concluded Gerard Batten.