•William Hague has today launched a so-called audit into our relationship with the European Union, for which he should be applauded. But, said Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, we must be vigilant about how it is done and the scope that it has.
Mr Farage said: "An authoritative study into the relationship between the UK and the EU is long overdue. However these plans do not go nearly far enough. It would have been perfectly simple for the Government to have taken up Lord Pearson's idea set out in his Cost Benefit Analysis Bill from last year.
"Instead it is set to create an enquiry that will report back just in time for the European elections, no doubt to tell us that everything is just fine thank you.
"I have a reasonable suspicion that this audit will be set up in such a way as to provide the answers it wants to hear, just as it has done so with the flawed Human Rights enquiry, supposedly designed to cut back on the excess of the Human Rights industry, but today reported to be planning to increase its scope."