"I have known Simon for some time, he is a man of good character who has done everything by the book, but at the end the judge told him quite incredibly to go to Switzerland." - UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP.
•Today in Criminal Court of Bonneville, Haute-Savoie, France; British Ski instructor Simon Butler was sentenced to 200 days in jail or a 30,000 euro fine. He immediately announced he would appeal the decision.
UKIP MEPs have fully supported Simon Butler throughout his legal nighmare, accompanying him to Court cases in France, helping him at the Petitions committee of the European Parliament and in January this year, UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall took Mr Butler to meet French Commissioner Barnier who comes from this region of France.
Responding to this news, UKIP Deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP said:
“This is a legal disgrace which shows there is no single market in the EU. It is also a personal tragedy for Simon Butler, a fully-qualified British ski instructor who simply wanted to work and employ other people in France.
"This is a blatant display of national discrimination by the French government and legal system who will stop at nothing to discourage or prevent non-French nationals from giving ski lessons on French slopes.
"I have known Simon for some time, he is a man of good character who has done everything by the book, but at the end the judge told him quite incredibly to go to Switzerland.
"It really does show that discrimination is rampant it in the EU. While the British government gold-plates EU legislation, other countries like France ignore it at will.
On this matter, the UK have been the suckers for too long.
"Attempts to reform this political union have been tried and failed. It is now clear, the UK is better off out of the EU, just as Simon Butler is better off out – this time out of jail."