Smaller political groups, most of which are Eurosceptic, will have less ability to make amendments to the laws that impact on peoples’ lives...This shows Federalist contempt for the electorates of Europe." - UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP
Press Release •Responding to the passing of the Corbett Report in the European Parliament today in Strasbourg, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said:
“This is an explosively dangerous move by the big groups in the European Parliament because it reduces the public visibility of important legislative votes and transfers huge amounts of decision-making power to behind closed doors.
“Though on the surface, a technical report, it will mean that more and more legislation will be fast-tracked without proper public deliberation onto so-called Trilogue meetings of the Commission, Council and Parliament.
The British taxpayer stomped up a net £11.1 billion to the EU in 2016. The quicker we leave the EU the more money we will save - UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott
Press Release • Today in the European Parliament plenary in Brussels MEPs voted through an overall budget increase for the European Union of 1.7 percent. The budget will be set at just over €157 billion, an increase from last year of €2.5 billion.
UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott and member of the Budgetary Control committee commented:
“All EU officials have just been given a 3.3 percent salary increase and now they have an austerity-defying EU budget increase of over 2 billion pounds. The EU’s Christmas stocking is already bursting, I suppose after 2016 they could use some good news.”
“UKIP has had amendment after amendment calling for budget reductions thrown out by Labour and Tory MEPs. When will they realise the British people voted for this exact thing to stop? OBR figures show that the British taxpayer stomped up a net £11.1 billion to the EU in 2016. The quicker we leave the EU the more money we will save.”
• Popular UKIP North West MEP Paul Nuttall has been appointed as new leader of UKIP (28.11.2016) with the biggest mandate in the history of the Party on a pledge of unity as we head towards a Brexit Britain.
Winning a comprehensive victory, Paul announced: "The country needs a strong UKIP more than ever before. If UKIP is to be an electoral force, there will be an impetus on Theresa May and her government to give us a real Brexit.
"I want to replace the Labour Party and make UKIP the patriotic voice of working people."
Paul becomes the ninth leader of the Party since its formation in 1993.
On accepting his new position, he confirmed the Party's chairman as Paul Oakden, who has been in the role since August and announced his Deputy Leader as Peter Whittle, the Party's leader in the London Assembly. Patrick O'Flynn MEP will act as Principal Political Advisor to the new leader.
“By voting to ‘unleash the full potential’ of an EU army it has become a frightening reality and one that will have a direct cost to the UK taxpayer.”- UKIP’s Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP
• Today (22.11.2016) the European Parliament in Strasbourg passed a detailed report by Urmas Paet calling for a far greater level of EU military integration. Within the proposals are calls for EU taxation to ‘foster defence cooperation’, calls for members to make ‘binding defence commitments’ to an EU army and also for the EU to ‘unleash the full potential’ of the Lisbon treaty in terms of defence integration.
Mike Hookem MEP UKIP’s Defence Spokesman commented:
“Clegg’s labelling of an EU army as a ‘dangerous fantasy’ is now as discredited as his party. By voting to ‘unleash the full potential’ of an EU army it has become a frightening reality and one that will have a direct cost to the UK taxpayer.”
“The calls for the immediate acceleration of this level of integration are a clear threat to our sovereignty and ability to control our own armed forces. There is every chance this could be forced through before we leave the EU and that subversion of the British people’s will is disgraceful.”
Brexit will not cause UK trade 'disruption' says WTO boss
• Responding to comments by the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Roberto Azevedo, who dismissed fears that Britain could suffer trade disruptions during or after its negotiations with the EU, UKIP MEP for the East of England Patrick O’Flynn said: “Project Fear is in real trouble because the basic facts are on Britain’s side when it comes to international trade.
“It is very encouraging to see Roberto Azevedo, the director general of the World Trade Organisation, make clear that it will be straightforward for Britain to resume its independent seat on that body and that there will be no seizing-up of international trade.
“Britain is in a very strong Brexit negotiating position as the eurozone’s biggest global export market and also given our huge trade deficit with the EU as a whole.
• Today (26/10/2016) in the European Parliament Nigel Farage MEP, speaking in the conclusions of the European Council debate, confronted the British and European establishment that is stalling on Brexit. He stated that the British referendum is something they cannot ignore and that it is in everyone’s mutual interest to get on with it and secure a sensible, tariff-free trade deal.
Nigel Farage MEP commented: “Frankly the whole thing is a disgrace and it’s even worse that it is supported by quislings in the British parliament, people like Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, who are desperate to keep Britain inside this awful Single Market. Well I’m sorry but it simply isn’t going to happen.
“If you think by delaying Brexit, if you think by stopping Brexit, you are going to help your own businesses, your own industries, you’re wrong. It is in the mutual interest of all of us to get on with this and conclude a sensible, straight-forward, tariff-free deal.”
Press Release • Today (25/10/2016) the European Parliament, Conservative and Labour MEPs included, voted to hire 35 armed EU officials. These individuals will work exclusively for the European Parliament unlike the current security arrangements which are provided by external contractors or the Belgian/French state.
UKIP MEP Julia Reid commented: “We have always warned about the prospects of an EU army but now Schulz seems to have taken our predictions very seriously by hiring his own firing squad.”
“A suspected terrorist in the Brussels bombings worked as a cleaner in the Parliament in 2009, it was lucky he was only armed with a mop then. Let’s leave the armed security to those who know what they are doing.”
“To pay EU officials more than the Prime Minister to do nothing seems rotten but then getting value for British tax-payer’s money has never been a high priority for the EU which is a bonfire of taxpayers’ hard-earned cash.” - UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott
• Last night (24.10.2016) in the European Parliament Budget Committee an amendment was passed which will allow an employee of the European Economic and Social Committee to be put on leave and given a maximum of €18,000 per month allowance until he retires, which could take up to five years.
According to the Staff statutes, 5% of all EU staff eligible for retirement, can get full pay for doing nothing up to a maximum of 5 years.
The staff member in question was on AD14 which means his basic is 12k euro per month.
UKIP MEP and member of the Budget Committee Jonathan Arnott commented:
“For this individual to be paid this staggering amount of money and then be explicitly asked to do nothing flies in the face of hard-working Brits who do a hard day’s work for their money.”
“Clegg’s desperate resurrection of Project Fear is persuading nobody.
“He should realise the main factors that impact UK food prices are the Chicago Grain Futures Exchange, supermarket pricing policies and the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, which is designed to prop up inefficient farmers on the continent.
• For those of us who have fought for so many years for this country’s independence, June 23 truly was an historic, incredible day.
More than 17 million people went out, voted Leave and ignored the disgraceful doomsday predictions of the Treasury’s wildly inaccurate warnings of impending economic collapse by the so-called experts and the establishment’s pathetic project fear.
They voted for a Britain back in control of her borders, her trade policy, her democracy; her destiny.
Yet months on, it is painfully clear the establishment have absolutely no intention to respect the mandate given to Brexit by the British people.
Though the Government has announced its intention to trigger Article 50 early next year, the majority of our political class still want to do all they can to entangle us with the failed European Union as much as they can, or if possible stop us leaving the EU completely.
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.”