•The head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz said on Wednesday that the "radically anti-European" views of Jonathan Hill, British premier David Cameron's nominee for the European Commission, might prevent him getting onto the EU's executive body.
Responding to this, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said this afternoon: "This is a declaration of war by Schulz on the choice of the British government.
"How dare Martin Schulz interfere in the British nomination of European Commissioner and prejudge what the decision of the MEPs will be.
"He is supposed to an independent chairman, but he has demonstrated absolutely no respect for national democracy or national government.
"And where he even gets the idea that Jonathan Hill is a Eurosceptic is completely beyond me."