Press Release It's a good thing that the British people voted to leave the European Union when we did because the levels of waste and bureaucracy are absolutely breath-taking - UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott
•The European Union's Court of Auditors has failed to give the accounts a clean bill of health for the 22nd year in a row.
The report blasts the payments underlying the accounts as being 'materially affected by error', leading the Court to issue an adverse opinion on the legality and regularity of the payments underlying the accounts. An adverse opinion is rare in accountancy, and is issued only in serious cases where there has been a substantial departure from generally accepted accounting principles.
In the 320-page report, the Court of Auditors blasted various examples of EU waste and mismanagement. But the Court of Auditor's findings only told a small part of the true scale of EU wastefulness, because only a small sample of all expenditure is scrutinised by the Court. There are undoubtedly many similar examples which will simply never be found.
The error rate is 3.8%, almost double the 2% threshold which is the maximum considered acceptable by the Court of Auditors, affecting a whopping €5.4 billion of EU spending.
• Today (14.09.2016) in the annual ‘State of the Union’ debate in the Strasbourg parliament chamber UKIP’s Nigel Farage MEP labelled Guy Verhofstadt’s appointment as chief Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, “pretty much an act of war on any sensible negotiating process.”
Nigel Farage said: “If you think of this building as a temple, well Mr Verhofstadt is the high priest. A fanatic - in fact there is only one real nationalist in the room and it’s you because you want flags, anthems and armies.”
“I would argue what we really need is to have a sensible, common sense approach and for this parliament to recognise it has made a mistake and to find somebody who actually likes the United Kingdom to lead these talks.”
European Parliament Brexit negotiator is anti-British to the core, and not a man with whom we can have a grown up conversation - Nigel Farage
• Preparing for tomorrows 'State of the Union' debate in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said:
“In tomorrow’s State of the Union debate it will not just be Mr Juncker that British MEPs will be looking to.
“The European Parliament’s choice of former Belgian Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt as the Parliament’s chief divorce lawyer following the Brexit vote in the UK places a dangerous fanatic in charge of the process.
EU Brexit negotiators are different fish swimming in the same bowl of tears says UKIP's Nigel Farage
• Nigel Farage MEP commented on the recent appointments of Guy Verhofstadt and his former employee Didier Seeuws as chief negotiators for the EU:
"It is regrettable that the EU is taking such a puerile and partisan approach to the negotiations, there is no way they can be classed as independent when one formerly worked for the other. This is a textbook example of the Brussels bubble, different fish swimming in the same bowl of tears."
"Verhofstadt and Seeuws in no way represent the Flemish people who are increasingly Eurosceptic. This clear anti-British sentiment will only reinforce the British public's vindication over the Brexit vote."
• Following the creation of a working group between Britain and Australia to discuss a future free trade deal William Dartmouth MEP and UKIP trade spokesman commented:
“Our relationship with Australia has always held special significance so I am greatly enthused to see these preliminary discussions taking place about a free trade deal.
“I urge Liam Fox to grasp this great opportunity to make Britain's trade outreach truly global in nature. Making trade deals with our Commonwealth partners is a great way to start.
“I hope that by pursuing more and more such deals we can prove that Britain is open for global business. Some people who advocated a ‘remain’ vote now seem desperate to see Britain fail, let’s show them what a free and independent Britain can achieve.”
• Speaking today (05.07.2016) in the European Parliament on the conclusions of the European Council meeting UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP said that the British people have spoken and now both the UK and the EU should work together to get the best deal possible.
Paul Nuttall MEP commented: “The British people have spoken and threats and bullying are not the answer to the questions the UK leaving the European Union has thrown up.
“The UK and Europe are joined by geography, culture, history and trade and that will not change.Therefore it is imperative on so many levels that we are good, healthy trading neighbours.
“We owe it to the citizens of both the UK and Europe to conduct these negotiations in a grown up manner so we can get the best deal for everyone.”
• We are just hours away from the opportunity of a lifetime: the opportunity to get our country out of the European Union and in doing so get our borders back, our democracy back and for us to embark upon an exciting future as an independent nation.
That’s what happens if we leave the European Union. We will exit a failed political union, one which is now a disaster zone. We see a migrant crisis utterly out of control. We see a eurozone crisis causing human misery on a shocking scale.
And we see an outdated organisation that has no answers when it comes to many of the problems in the modern world. I’ve heard a lot through the course of this campaign from the wealthy establishment about GDP. About maintaining the status quo.
Well that might be all right for them with cheaper nannies and chauffeurs but it isn’t what’s in the best interests of ordinary British workers. Open-door migration has suppressed wages in the unskilled labour market, meant that living standards have fallen and that life has become a lot tougher for so many in our country.
• The European Parliament today (08.06.2016)approved tax measures which would lead to a harmonised corporate tax base (CCCTB) as well as the introduction of tax ID numbers for every European citizen.
UKIP’s Financial Affairs spokesmen Steven Woolfe MEP commented:
“This is a shameless attempt to create a centralised EU tax system. By forcing an EU taxpayer ID - effectively a new continental National Insurance number - on every European the EU is laying the foundations for a European tax and making no apologies for it.”
“Mr Cameron is peddling lies. This is no reformed EU; a European super-state is the end goal. It already has a Parliament, a currency and a flag; a centralised tax system is currently being implemented followed swiftly by a fully-fledged standing army. There is no such thing as voting for the status quo. Don’t take the risk. Vote Leave.”
•Today (08.06.2016) in the European Parliament UKIP leader Nigel Farage MEP stated that the June 23rd referendum is the biggest event in the EU's history and a Brexit vote would bring an end to the entire European project.
He said: "We have in two weeks’ time what is to be the biggest event in the history of this project. It is the British referendum and it’s not just about whether Britain leaves the European Union because if we make that choice I’m confident many other countries will make that choice too."
"I hope this is the last time I’ll be speaking in this parliament from a Member State and I hope that we are going to leave this union on June 23rd. So I’m going out now, I may be some time."
•UKIP MEP Patrick O’Flynn has accused the BBC Six O’Clock News of broadcasting an “extraordinarily biased” item about what would happen to food prices outside the EU and demanded the programme acknowledges its error.
Mr O’Flynn spoke out after discovering that a supposed impartial “expert” featured in the item is actually an EU-funded Jean Monnet professor – a fact kept from viewers.
“This was not just bad broadcasting, it was biased broadcasting. The whole item was fundamentally unbalanced. For a start the reporter, Emma Simpson, failed to explain the basic fact that the nature of the EU as a customs union means that food prices within it are higher than prevailing world prices.
“Even worse, Professor Catherine Barnard was then presented as an impartial expert from Cambridge University when in fact she is a Jean Monnet Chair of EU law and as such has a strong vested interest in a remain vote.
“She went through negative or neutral scenarios for consumers before Ms Simpson briefly raised the prospect with her of being able to cut tariffs on non-EU food imports. But they immediately agreed that to do this would be “tricky”.
The EU has so much power over the UK that we can't even decide how much to tax women's sanitary items.
•The European Parliament today voted against calls for a reduced rate of VAT on tampons during the vote on the FEMM report,"Poverty: a gender perspective".
This came in a separate vote on Paragraph 39(scroll down) which was rejected by a show of hands.
UKIP MEP Louise Bours said after the vote in Brussels:
"The Commission promised urgent action to allow reductions on VAT for things like tampons, but yet they have not included it in the latest VAT reform proposals and have kicked it in to the long grass by saying they will come up with something later this year.
"And now the EU parliament has voted against calls for reduced VAT on tampons, which shows this is very unlikely to happen anytime soon.
• Responding to the European Commission'spostponement of the EU budget proposal until the 27th June, just after the Brexit referendum, UKIP member of the European Parliament's Budget Control Committee, Jonathan Arnott said:
"EU membership costs the UK a huge bag of cash each day, but the European Commission wants to keep the British public in the dark about exactly how much this will increase.
"The Commission is dishonestly withholding vital information from British taxpayers who deserve a fully-informed discussion about how much the EU is costing us.
"We currently know the EU is also holding back a wall of legislation until after the Brexit vote, but this latest move should alarm everyone who wants to make a democratic decision based on the factual cost of EU membership."