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19-Jan-2016
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:
19-Jan-2016
UKIP Press Release
 
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."
16-Jan-2016
"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.
09-Jan-2016
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is hopelessly out-of-touch with the basics of energy pricing says UKIP MEP Roger Helmer.

Press Release

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?
16-Dec-2015
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?"

15-Dec-2015
EU demands "right to intervene" in borders of national states.

UKIP Press Release

Today (15.12.2015) the European Commission unveiled proposals for a new €280 million a year European Border and Coast Guard agency which will supposedly "ensure a strong and shared management of the external borders."

Within these proposals there is a "right to intervention" for the EU if it is deemed that the member state is failing to protect the bloc's external boundary.

Diane James MEP and UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman commented,

"This is a full frontal attack on national sovereignty from the EU. All pretence has now been discarded and the Commission will now openly act against a member state's wishes and operate within its borders without permission. By acting contrary to the wishes of national parliaments the EU has displayed its desire for a federal state for all to see."
02-Dec-2015
“This sham show of transparency is nothing more than an attempt to deflect attention away from the secretive nature of these negotiations. Let’s release the entire document so the people of Europe can decide if they want this agreement.” - UKIP MEP William Dartmouth

UKIP Press Release
 
Today (02.12.15) the “College of Commissioners” approved access for MEPs to all categories of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). “Consolidated texts” will also be available which reflect the US position.

Restrictions do apply however with the MEP only being allowed to read the text in a secure reading room and that the confidential nature of the information must not be compromised so as “to protect EU interests.”
 
William Dartmouth MEP and UKIP Trade Spokesmen commented,
 
"It is something that all MEPs will be able to view this document and finally see what the full extent of the damage will be, but it is not enough . For those interested in a fair legal system for small businesses, the protection of the NHS and consumer rights it is shocking that this information is still not to be fully in the public domain ."

25-Nov-2015
Labour opened our borders and today attempted to keep them open even in the face of these barbaric forces - UKIP MEP Diane James

UKIP Press Release
 
Labour MEPs today in the European Parliament voted for the "reintegration" to society of returning Jihadi fighters and in approval of the statement "member states must refrain from using any border control measures aimed at fighting terrorism."
 
Diane James MEP and UKIP Home Affairs spokesman commented,
 
"After the events of Paris I am astounded that Labour MEPs have voted for these amendments. The free movement of people has led to the free movement of jihad and the only way to combat this is for Member States to regain control of their borders immediately.

"Labour opened our borders and today attempted to keep them open even in the face of these barbaric forces. UK citizen's security should be paramount, apparently Labour does not agree."

25-Nov-2015
"Cameron will never win fundamental reforms on the UK's EU membership as latest defeat demonstrates" - UKIP MEP Jane Collins

UKIP Press Release

UKIP Employment spokeswoman Jane Collins has responded to claims from a European diplomat that the British government plans to drop demands for a welfare curb on EU workers describing it as "another defeat for British interests by our own Prime Minister who has proved that he cannot win a battle against fundamentalist EU ideology."

Speaking from Strasbourg, Mrs Collins said:

"Mr Cameron has insisted that reform of the EU is possible but the evidence shows it is not: Brussels has knocked back every attempt by the government to win real reforms and they will continue to do so because as we hear in Strasbourg today, they want MORE Europe, not less.

"There is no way we will be able to limit EU workers' rights because to do so would require treaty change. We can't even control our borders from terrorists because of Brussels rules.

"So when it comes to a referendum on our membership of the EU voters need to decide whether they want to subsidise businesses employing cheap migrant Labour or whether they want to be able to put British people first."
25-Nov-2015
UKIP warns again that the free of movement of people is leading to the free of movement of Jihad
 
UKIP Press Release

Today (25.11.15) in the European Parliament plenary UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall offered the EFDD's condolences to the victims of the Paris attacks and their families.

Speaking about the causes of the attack and potential solutions Paul Nuttall UKIP Deputy Leader said,
 
"We must first realise who our enemy is and who our enemy is not. We must not see foreign policy through the eyes of the student common room. We must come together to cut out the cancer of radical Islamism.
 
"I warned in this chamber six weeks ago, to howls of derision, that freedom of movement of people in Europe would in the end lead to freedom of movement of jihad and I'm afraid, unfortunately I was proven correct.
 
"So if we are to take steps to solve the crisis that we face we must first cut out its source which is the problems in Syria through a Cold War coalition and at the same time we must prevent it at home by reinstating border controls and clamping down on Saudi sponsored Wahhabism which is a growing clear and present danger within many of our communities."
24-Nov-2015
"I'm disappointed to see Labour MEPs backing this report and ignoring William Dartmouth's amendment. In a particularly sensitive time, it's shameful that their MEPs have once again put the EU's neo-colonialist ambition ahead of Britain's influence and security." - UKIP MEP James Carver

UKIP Press Release

 
A report today (24.11.2015) passed in the European Parliament has called for an EU seat on the UN Security Council and for the two permanent European members, the UK and France, to promote "common EU positions" on the council.
 
William Dartmouth UKIP MEP attempted to enter an amendment in the report calling for the UK's position on the Security Council to remain untouched. This amendment was circulated to every other UK MEP asking for support but not a single MEP, bar UKIP, offered their backing which led to the amendment being dropped without a vote.
 
James Carver UKIP MEP and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee commented,
 
"Time and time again we see the EU attempting to erode the UK's influence on the Security Council. The EU is repeating itself like a broken record and it is time we finally drew a line under this; the UK's UN Security Council seat is not up for negotiation.
24-Nov-2015
"The EU intends to persuade Britons to vote to stay in with this sort of wasteful spending? Good lux with that." - UKIP MEP Louise Bourse

UKIP Press Release

Today the European Parliament announced the winner of the LUX film prize. Entrants for this prize "must illustrate the diversity of European traditions, shed light on the process of European integration and provide insights into the building of Europe". This award will cost the taxpayer approximately €448,000 (£300,000) to run.
 
Louise Bours, UKIP MEP for the North West and member of the European Parliament Culture Committee commented, 

"I'm delighted to see that the European Parliament is finally embracing democracy, at least on this vote there were three options compared to the election of Jean-Claude Juncker where he was the sole choice.
 
"For this award to cost over £300,000 is absurd. When we have local councils being forced to cut every penny possible, the EU sees 'shedding light on the process of European integration' as a high financial priority.
20-Nov-2015
Schengen is a European political dream which is turning into a security nightmare

UKIP Press Release

 
Responding to calls by the European Commission to establish an EU-wide intelligence agency in the wake of the Paris attacks, UKIP's Justice and Home Affairs spokeswoman, Diane James MEP said:
 
"Schengen's open border idea allows free movement for terrorists and has resulted in mass murder in Paris.

"For our national security, there must be a return to national border controls and checking of the origin and credentials of those who are crossing borders.

"There is a clear necessity that Islamist terrorists, their ideas, their money and their weapons no longer be given a free pass around Europe because of Schengen. It is a European political dream which is turning into a security nightmare."
17-Nov-2015
"Last week the EU once again failed to obtain a clean bill of health from the auditors. This week we see them gifting themselves a €10 billion euro increase. It displays perfectly the convoluted and backward way Brussels operates.” - UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott

UKIP Press Release


The EU budget has been increased by €10 billion to €155 billion after an agreement was made by the EU ‘Conciliation Committee’.
David Cameron has on several occasions called for the EU budget to be reduced, however his government has overseen a 6.9% rise in this year alone.

Jonathan Arnott UKIP MEP and a member of the European Parliament Budgetary Control Committee commented,

“For the EU to increase its own budget by a whopping €10 billion euros and yet preach austerity at the same time displays a laughable level of hypocrisy.
17-Nov-2015
France has activated Article 42, a distress call that compels other EU states to send military and other support.
 
UKIP Press Release
 
UKIP Defence Spokesman MEP Mike Hookem said today:
 
"I agree with the need to defeat Islamic State but any UK involvement should be taken with the approval of our elected MPs in Westminster, not via the back door of some EU Treaty no one has ever read.
 
"We stand shoulder to shoulder with the French people who have suffered at the hands of extremism but we cannot have our military involved in a world conflict without an democratic accountability.
 
"I doubt there are many people who knew this solidarity clause existed and that the UK could be dragged into war at the request of any one of 27 other countries.
 
"We should be looking at an international approach via the UN especially as all the permanent members have now indicated their support for a grand coalition.
12-Nov-2015
UKIP want a relationship based solely on free trade and voluntary intergovernmental negotiation. We want to be good neighbours, not bad tenants. That is more than Cameron is prepared to ask.

By Roger Helmer MEP, Head of UKIP delegation, EFDD group, European Parliament

The first thing to say about Cameron’s promise of a Brexit referendum is that he would never have offered it without UKIP’s stunning success in the 2014 euro-elections, where we became the leading party in terms of vote share and number of MEPs.  Of course Cameron was also under pressure within his own party, but it is clear that the rise and rise of UKIP focused his mind on the issue.

So he has promised to seek “reform” of the EU.  He seems unaware of (or unconcerned about) the fact that for forty years, British politicians have argued that “we should stay in the EU and fight for reform”, and yet have abysmally failed to achieve any meaningful reform.  Harold Wilson in 1975 claimed to have a new deal, but his few cosmetic changes are long forgotten: the dogs have barked, and the EU juggernaut has moved on.  The EU simply doesn’t do reform.

Nor have there been meaningful reforms in recent years.  Instead, an ever-rising tide of regulation and red tape which is trammelling industry and economic growth.
09-Nov-2015
"Perhaps instead of just delivering a speech someone from the IN campaign would like a proper debate on our defence and security so the public can find out what is really going on?" - UKIP MEP Mike Hookem

Press Release


UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem has described the Prime Minister's claims that the UK will be less secure outside the EU as "phony and dishonest".
 
The Euro MP, who is a member of the European Parliament's Security and Defence Committee said it was "blatantly obvious that successive governments have given power over to Brussels and made this country less secure."
 
"It seems the lies have started already if Mr Cameron is really going to be telling people that we need a European Military and that shared information on our critical infrastructure makes us stronger: when we hand over information on our power stations and water treatment plants to countries like Romania and Bulgaria we are only as strong as our weakest link.
06-Nov-2015
Brussels wants oversight on national car approvals

Brussels Commission is both incompetent and power-hungry at the same time, says UKIP MEP Jill Seymour


In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the European Commission is eyeing new powers over the car industry as it prepares a proposal to create centralised EU oversight to monitor national authorities that approve new cars before they are allowed into the market.

Responding, UKIP Transport spokeswoman MEP Jill Seymour said:

“The European Commission asking for control of national vehicle authorisations is like a fox asking for control of the chicken coop. The Financial Times revealed that the Commission knew what was going on for two years about VW emissions and did absolutely nothing. People in the UK who have suffered from emission caused health problems have the European Commission to blame, as it connived in the malpractice.

“The European Commission is now using a crisis, which they knowingly presided over for two years, as an excuse to grab more power over national institutions. This sorry episode shows that the Brussels Commission is both incompetent and power-hungry at the same time.”
30-Oct-2015
William Dartmouth MEP and UKIP Trade spokesman has written to EU Trade Commissioner Malmström demanding that action must be taken to prevent further Chinese steel imports being sold at a lower price of production in the UK, which has already led to the loss of thousands of British jobs.
 
In the letter [PDF] William Dartmouth MEP stated, "I urge you as Trade Commissioner to effect anti-dumping duties on imports of steel from China entering the EU. These anti-dumping tariffs must be fully proportionate to be able to safeguard the UK steel industry (as well as the steel industry in other EU member states) from further damage occasioned by anticompetitive practices on the part of steel producers in China."
 
He also highlighted the damage this practice has already on the UK steel sector, "Already SSI has been forced to cut 2,200 jobs in the UK, and Tata Steel a further 1,200 jobs."
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