UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has written to HRH Prince of Wales
outlining UKIP objections to the nature of his Brussels visit next week, asking him not to attend an EU Commission conference on "Low Carbon Economy". Prince Charles is calling for more EU intervention in political life.
" I am compelled respectfully to set out my party's objections to the nature of Your Royal Highness's visit," writes Mr Farage.
"The UK Independence Party is a firm supporter of Constitutional Monarchy. In particular we believe that The Crown should scrupulously avoid at all times giving or appearing to give overt support to partisan and controversial political policies."
"Two years on from Your Royal Highness's last visit to the Parliament, the political landscape concerning the European Union has altered dramatically. ....Yet despite this, Your Royal Highness clearly intends firmly to support the call of the ruling political elite in Europe for "More Europe!"
"With great respect, to do so would be a clear and grave breach of the United Kingdom's Constitution which plainly requires that The Crown must avoid lending its support to one or other side of so divisive and fundamental a political argument."
The Prince of Wales will travel to Brussels on the 9th of February at the invitation of Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, to attend a Conference on Low Carbon Economy
and to address Members of the European Parliament.
The conference is open to MEPs from the Environment (ENVI), Industry (ITRE) and Internal Market (IMCO) Committees.
MEPs will not be allowed to ask him questions directly but people from his foundation will answer according to the parliament protocol's services.
EU Commission president José Manuel Durão Barroso and EU Council president Herman van Rompuy will also be attending.
Charles will be at the European Parliament between 13:00 and 14:30.