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On Tampon tax: Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately rather than beg for EU concessions that could take years to implement  – UKIP MEP Louise Bours

UKIP Press Release

UKIP MEP Louise Bours said:

“Outside the EU we could set our own VAT rules and act immediately rather than beg for EU concessions that could take years to implement. David Cameron having to plead for change just shows how weak and dependent he is on the EU.  Let’s vote to get out in June and control our own affairs.

Under the current EU VAT rules (VAT directive) it is impossible to reduce an item to zero rate. No matter what was agreed in principle at the EU Council- that is the current EU law. These proposed changes on VAT rules will have to be proposed by the Commission, voted on by the European Parliament and agreed on by the Council. It could potentially take years.

If we were outside the EU we could have decided to scrap the tampon tax years ago, instead we will now have to wait for the EU bureaucracy and legislative process to take its course, which could take years. It is completely outrageous the undemocratic EU gets to decide and set our tax rates in such a way.”
UKIP Press Release

Today in the European Parliament UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP accused the EU of allowing itself to be blackmailed by Turkey over the migrant crisis and asserted that the safest option for the British people is to vote Leave before Turkey can join the European Union. He was debating the upcoming European Council meeting on March 17th-18th.

Nigel Farage said: "The historic error made by Chancellor Merkel last year by saying all can come has led directly to this mess and now we are being blackmailed by Turkey. I wish that David Cameron was as good at negotiations as the Turks are."

"So we are going to go into political union with a country that has got borders with Iraq, Iran and Syria, a country that is poorer than anybody else in the European Union and give free movement to 75 million people. And join up with a government that is increasingly islamist and authoritarian."

"Well this referendum in Britain is all about what is the safest option. It is pretty clear to me that a vote to remain is a vote for Turkey, a vote to remain is a vote for massively increased immigration into Britain and a vote to remain is a vote that makes Britain more vulnerable to terrorism. It is safer to vote to leave and take back control of our borders."

"So long as the UK is an EU member, British consumers cannot purchase goods at world prices." - UKIP Trade spokesman William Dartmouth MEP

UKIP Press Release

In response to the Government paper on Brexit, UKIP Trade spokesman William Dartmouth MEP said:

"A Cabinet Office report has examined several arrangements for trading outside the EU and claims that these alternatives would lead to higher tariffs than those faced by the UK as an EU member - and that such tariffs could be passed on to British consumers as higher prices.

"But the facts are the opposite of what this report suggests.  On joining the then European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, the UK had to cancel pre-existing trade agreements that it enjoyed with the countries of the Commonwealth - which allowed the UK to enjoy low food prices.  Their cancellation via EU membership forced the UK to apply the EU's Common External Tariff - and as a result, drastically raised UK food prices.  Over the period 1973-2004, the price of flour in the UK rose 360%; sugar 650%; and butter 660%.

"So long as the UK is an EU member, British consumers cannot purchase goods at world prices.  On BREXIT, as Professor Sir Patrick Minford has demonstrated in a simulation, there would be an almost immediate 8% reduction in the UK cost of living.  This fact demolishes the Cabinet Office report's argument, which is probably why the report neglects to mention it.
...is how leaving the EU would bring a plague of locusts upon us

by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP (Breitbart)

As the EU referendum campaign heads into week two I can scarcely believe my eyes and my ears.

The government, from the Prime Minister down, are using the kind of Project Fear tactics that I might have expected to see them using in the last fortnight.

I can only suppose that the Prime Minister was deeply shocked by Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and as many as 140 Tory MPs backing the Leave side.

He has clearly decided to try and kill off the Leave campaign by firing off the whole magazine of rounds at once.
Yesterday we heard that it might take up to ten years to sort out new trading arrangements. Perhaps this kind of hopeless scaremongering will extend to a hundred years by the time June 23rd comes along.

Quite why the Prime Minister thinks we’re so incapable to negotiate our own trade deals, that we couldn’t even do as well as Iceland, is beyond me.


UKIP Leader Nigel Farage - 2016 Spring Conference, Llandudno, Wales, 27.02.2016
UKIP Press Release

The European Parliament today, 25.02.2016, voted through legislation which expands and strengthens EURES, a scheme that requires UK Job Centre Plus to put all jobs publically advertised with them on to an EU wide recruitment website and allows private employment services to apply to join EURES.

Jane Collins MEP and UKIP employment spokeswoman commented:

"This expanded EURES agreement means every man and his dog can apply for a job in Britain and Job Centre Plus is obliged to advertise all vacancies to half a billion people.

"So not only are we seeing jobs on tax payer funded websites demanding that painters and decorators speak fluent Polish and estate agents speak Romanian as part of a clever tax swizz for big development companies, we are now making life even harder for unemployed British people desperate to find a job."
UKIP Press Release

Today, speaking in the European Parliament in Brussels UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP questioned the European Council President Donald Tusk over whether Cameron’s deal is legally binding and called for Britain to make the safe choice and leave the European Union.

Nigel Farage MEP questioned, “But is this deal legally binding Mr Tusk? The ECJ rule in favour of the existing treaties until we get a new treaty. But who is to say there is going to be a new treaty? Any new treaty would trigger yet more referendums and would not be favoured by the big groups in this parliament.”

“Is it safe to stay within an organisation whose own police boss tells us there are 3000-5000 terrorists that have now come into our continent through the migrant crisis or is it safest to take back control of our own borders and our own democracy? After much consideration I have decided to opt to vote for us to leave.”
Nigel Farage meets Steel workers at Brussels Demo of 5k marchers

UKIP Press Release

UKIP leader Nigel Farage today joined protestors from all across Europe in a march against Chinese steel dumping onto the European market which is pushing prices down and making thousands of European steel workers redundant.

Whilst on the march Nigel Farage commented:

"It is pathetic that the British government must go cap in hand to beg the European Commission to prevent dumping of Chinese steel which is causing huge job losses. In a nutshell, it encapsulates why we must have control of our own destiny and a government directly accountable to the British people rather than an unelected Commissioner in Brussels.

"What people are forgetting here is that steel is a strategic industry. This is something in a time of crisis we need and if we lose it we’ve actually lost something fundamentally important."

“Even if George Osborne was a British chancellor that wanted to stand up for the steel industry it wouldn’t matter because we are in a minority here. The problem is we are lobbying an unelected European Commission that no one can vote for and no one can sack.”
Trial by jury, the presumption of innocence and habeas corpus can only be fully upheld and respected if we leave the EU and its plethora of sub-standard judicial practices - UKIP MEP Diane James.

UKIP Press Release

Publicising the adoption of new rules to ensure presumption of innocence across the EU today, the European Commissioner for Justice said that “today, there are still some disparities in the protection of the presumption of innocence across the European Union. The new common rules will guarantee that the rights of citizens involved in criminal proceedings are respected by police and judicial authorities.”

Responding, UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman Diane James MEP said:

“So we have got the EU Commissioner for Justice admitting that not all EU judges/courts are safe and fair yet. Doesn't that make the case against the European Arrest Warrant for us?

The whole point of the European Arrest Warrant is that innocent people can be extradited to another EU state and put in jail before being convicted. This is the very opposite of presumption of innocence as we have in the tried and tested British legal system.
It's people power that will defeat Cam's Scam

UKIP Press Release

 Absolutely nobody in Britain would today vote to join the EU and it's people power which will win the coming referendum, said Nigel Farage speaking in the European Parliament, Strasbourg in a debate on the forthcoming European Council with Commission President Tusk.

A day after the release of Cameron's deal with European Council president Tusk, which Farage earlier described as "Cam's Scam", he listed the huge loss of control and money that the UK would undergo if it were today deciding on joining the EU.

David Cameron said yesterday under the present deal he could vote to join the EU.

Farage responded today: "If the question in June was, should we join the EU, we'd have to tell the British people you have to surrender the control and sovereignty of your parliament and have 75 percent of your laws made somewhere else.

"Your supreme court will not be supreme; you will be overruled by a court of Luxembourg made up by people who aren't even judges.
You will have to give up your fishing grounds, including in some places 200 miles of the North Sea. And you must cut your links with the Commonwealth and the wider world because you are no longer fit to negotiate your own global trade deals.

"Oh, and by the way for all of this you will be paying 55 million pounds a day as a membership fee."
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There is no fundamental reform, there's some fiddling around the edges on migrant benefits. I absolutely predict that the effect of this will not be to reduce the numbers coming to Britain - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP

Responding to the document from European Council President Donald Tusk, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said:

"Hardly worth waiting for.  It is truly pathetic. No treaty change, no repatriation of powers, no ability to control our own laws, our money or our borders.  Now let's get on with the referendum.

"What it means is more Europe with an EU army, EU accession of Turkey, and EU primacy over our laws and our courts.

"Well Cameron wanted a four year ban on migrant benefits, he didn't even ask for a restriction on the open door movement that we have to nearly half a billion people. We can in the first few months or year stop benefits, but from years 2, 3 and 4 bring them up to the current levels. This is pretty weak stuff.

"Fundamental treaty change, that is what the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary talked about. A change in our relationship, reform of the European institutions and Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, in the first sentence of this document says that all the principles on which the European Union was founded have been respected. The treaties stay intact.

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Ray Finch MEP pinned down European Commission Brexit taskforce official Jonathan Faull at a meeting today about the UK referendum on the EU.

Mr. Finch asked "Will the Commission's spending on 'information' rise in the referendum campaign and, if so, will the Commission register with the Electoral Commission?"

Under UK law, all campaigning organisations have to register for money spent in support of a political party or in support of one side in a referendum. The European Commission has made clear its support for the UK remaining an EU member.

Mr. Faull responded that the European Commission "is not a campaigning organisation", despite its support for one side. He also claimed that the Commission has no intention to increase its expenditure on information during the referendum campaign.

UKIP Press Release

David Cameron has discussed applying an "emergency brake" to EU immigration in a meeting with his Czech counterpart, as he seeks a deal on his EU reforms.

Responding, UKIP Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said:

“David Cameron says in one sentence that he believes in EU doctrine of open borders and then pleads in the next for a temporary stay and its permission to be decided by EU leaders.

This charade shows he is either deluding others or he is just deluded himself.

However, people who are having their wages depressed by mass migration, their school place lost for their children, and their hospital bed taken by an EU national will only accept regaining full control of British borders. Sad thing is, Cameron isn’t even asking for this.”
UKIP Press Release

Labour and Tories MEPs voted in the European Parliament, Strasbourg today to support the European Commission in the restriction of oven gloves in a legislative report on Personal Protective Equipment.

UKIP MEP for the West Midlands Jill Seymour said:

"First the EU came for your vacuum cleaner, then your oven and now in a new bout of craziness, even our oven gloves. What is the EU going to restrict next? Soap?

"People are adult and intelligent enough to decided themselves if they wish to use oven gloves.

"I am appalled that the rapporteur was this report was Tory MEP Vicky Ford and that Labour and Tory MEPs voted in favour of this rubbish.  Vicky Ford claimed a victory in excluding washing-up gloves. If this is a victory I would hate to see defeat!

"I think it is ridiculous that oven gloves will now be subject to the same safety checks that Hard Hats and Safety Goggles go through.

UKIP Press Release

Addressing the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, in the European Parliament today in a debate on the forthcoming Dutch Presidency of the EU Council, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP spoke of a Eurosceptic contagion spreading across Europe, citing the UK, the Netherlands and Ireland among others.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP commented:

"The EU faces an existential crisis, indeed there is an outbreak of a contagious disease. The disease is called democracy and people want to have a say on their future."

"Whether we the peoples of Europe can break this union between now and the end of June, I don't know, but I tell you what, we're going to have a damn good go."
UKIP Press Release

Speaking in the European Parliament, Strasbourg  in a debate on the last European Council with Presidents Tusk and Juncker, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the upcoming Brexit vote was about the safety and security of British women.

Contrasting the enthusiastic welcome for migrants in September at Munich train station with its closure on foot of terrorist threats a few months afterwards, he criticised the unacceptable sexual assault of many women in Cologne and across Northern Europe.

Farage concluded that these events had brought about a sea change of public opinion regarding the EU's open border policy.

"Just to give you an idea of how big the sea change has been, the Daily Telegraph commentator, Allison Pearson, who had said she was undecided on Brexit, she didn't have enough information, wrote this the other day, she said:
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Commission impaled on hook of angler antagonism by Commission regulation not debated by European Parliament or Council. Labour MEP Corbett hammered in the Strasbourg chamber.

Yesterday (18.01.2015) UKIP leader and keen angler Nigel Farage MEP called for a total rethink in the EU's approach to recreational angling. There are over 800,000 recreational anglers in the UK and a new EU regulation will not only massively restrict their rights as fishermen, but also harm the local coastal and fishing economy.

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg Nigel Farage commented:

"What have we done with our declining bass stock? We put a total ban in place for anglers with, after July 1st, a derisory one fish limit per angler."
"This EU project is heading in one direction: towards greater centralisation of power in Brussels. ... Only by winning the referendum and leaving the EU can we ensure that we become a self-governing, independent nation."

by UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP (for Breitbart)

Don’t believe the spin. The European Union’s drive towards centralisation continues at break-neck speed.

This was illustrated just last night when a report – an ultimate EU wish list – was discussed in the European Parliament by the federalist fanatics in Brussels. The title of the report reads: “On improving the functioning of the European Union building on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty”.

A working document, which will soon become a draft report, was drawn up by Elmar Brok. One of the most experienced and certainly the most powerful and well connected of MEPs who acted as co-rapporteur, he is Chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and regarded as Angela Merkel’s ‘Vicar on Earth’ in Brussels. When he makes a proposal you can be sure it is with the knowledge and approval of Germany’s Frau Merkel. And in the EU these days, what Angela wants, Angela gets.
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is hopelessly out-of-touch with the basics of energy pricing says UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.

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Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has reportedly said that leaving the EU would have “unknown consequences”, for Britain’s energy security and energy pricing, and that “Britain would lose its influence on European energy markets”.  She advances this as a reason to stay in the EU.

UKIP Energy spokesman Roger Helmer MEP responds:

“Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is hopelessly out-of-touch with the basics of energy pricing.

Is it possible that she can be unaware of the vast damage being done by EU energy policy, as the EU seeks to “lead on the fight against climate change”, oblivious to the fact that no one else is following?
UKIP Press Release

After questioning from UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, today Tory MEP Syed Kamall, Conservative group leader in the European Parliament, admitted that "Turkey will never join the European Union."

This is in direct conflict with the Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, who has said on several occasions that Turkey should join the EU, going as far to say, "I will remain your strongest possible advocate for EU membership and greater influence at the top table of European diplomacy."

Bill Etheridge UKIP MEP for the West Midlands commented:

"I ask our Prime Minister a simple question: Mr Cameron, yes or no, are you in favour of EU membership for Turkey?"

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