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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage at the challengers debate, BBC One, April 16th, 2015
Ed, you're wrong. There will be an EU army and the UK has already signed up to be part of it – UKIP defence spokesman.

Press Release

UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has taken Ed Miliband to task over his comments on an EU Army in the leaders debate of last night, and accused Miliband of misleading the British people. See Miliband v Farage video.

MEP Hookem said: “Ed, you are completely wrong. There are currently EU battle groups, there are ongoing military EU missions today, there will be an EU army and the UK has already signed up to be part of it.

"It is a simple fact that the UK is under EU treaty obligation.

"There are EU Treaty clauses on ‘mutual defence’ (Art. 42(7) TEU) and ‘solidarity’ (Art. 222 TFEU), which require Member States to respond ‘by all the means in their power’ if a Member State is attacked.

"The dominant political leader in the EU, Angela Merkel has called for a European Army in 2010 as has EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker in March 2015.
"One only needs to look at the UK government plans to allow an international consortium to build 400 wind turbines off the Yorkshire coast. The project will be subsidised by British taxpayers by as much as £900m a year, and after ten years it will deliver over £1bn a year in profits to the investors." - UKIP Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer MEP.

Press release

UKIP has condemned the European Commission's decision to allow multi-millions in German state subsidies to investors in off-shore wind turbines.

UKIP energy spokesman Roger Helmer MEP said: "The Green ideologues at the European Commission are pushing for taxpayer subsidies across the EU for wind energy projects that are unreliable, uneconomic and deadly to migratory and sea birds.
"The vast taxpayer-funded subsidies the EU are encouraging for so-called renewable energy projects will never deliver reliable energy to customers. The subsidies will only make the rich investors building these projects even richer. They will undermine investors who are putting their own money into power stations run on gas and other reliable and inexpensive fuels," said Helmer.
"Today the European Commission has announced that German government plans to subsidise 20 offshore wind turbine projects being built for €29.3bn (£22bn) will not breach EU rules against state aid which might distort competition. This is clearly untrue.


UKIP Leader Nigel Farage speaks at the launching of the UKIP manifesto for GE2015
(with Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall)
May 7th presents the people of Britain with an incredible opportunity.
For the first time in 100 years, there is real change on the horizon. All you have to do is vote for it.

Political party manifestos are usually filled with arbitrary, over-ambitious targets and pledges to some special interest group here or there. UKIP is different.

In this document, which should inform your choice at this election, you will find serious, fully-costed policies that reflect what our party is all about: believing in our country.

On the major issues of the day - immigration, the economy, our health service and living standards – the establishment parties have repeatedly and knowingly raised the expectations of the public, only to let us down, time and time again.

In many ways, this is where UKIP came from: a feeling that successive governments were no longer representing the will of the British people
Once Greece leaves the Euro and does well, I suspect other countries will soon follow - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

Press Release

Eurozone countries are secretly drawing up plans to expel Greece from the EU's single currency, The Times reports following a memo drawn up by Finland's finance ministry that reveals preparations for a Greek exit and warns of “very difficult political decisions” this spring amid predictions that Greece will go bankrupt next month unless the eurozone agrees to pay its next loan tranche within the next three weeks.

Responding, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said:
“The Eurozone countries would be doing the Greek people a huge favour by letting them have their own currency back so they can devalue, trade and export at more competitive rates.

I have no doubt when Greece has the Drachma back, it will attract many more tourists and those who love Europe and detest the undemocratic political union that is the EU, will be happy to holiday in Greece to show their solidarity with the Greek people.

The ITV Leaders' Debate Live | UK Election 2015 | ITV News - 2 April 2015
Or is Open Europe batting for the Status Quo?
By Roger Helmer MEP

I used to think of Open Europe as a half-way sensible, reliable, euro-critical think tank.  Some of their reports were quite helpful, at least for their data if not always for their conclusions.  So it is disappointing just before a General Election to see them going into over-drive as apologists for Brussels.
First there was their report, a few days ago, claiming that leaving the EU would save only a tiny fraction of the regulatory costs of EU membership, so we’d do better to stay in and renegotiate – a proposition that could have come straight from the spin doctors at Conservative Central Office. They said that EU regulation currently costs £33 billion a year (a serious under-estimate, but let that pass).  But if we left, and (say) adopted the Norway model, as many recommend, we should still be subject to EU rules costing 90% of the current figure.  So stay and fight.
What they have done is to make a great case against the Norway option (which in any case UKIP could never accept, since it involves keeping the EU’s “free movement” rules).  They have not, however, made any case at all against Brexit.  And they’ve sought to give credence to the idea that significant renegotiation is possible.  If you can’t take the word of Jean Claude Juncker and other EU leaders that they will not give way on basic elements of the Treaties, then look at the history.  For over forty years British politicians have been declaring that they would win key concessions in Brussels, but they have failed over and over again, and we are ever deeper in the mire.
Twenty-one years after our formation, and on the eve of what promises to be one of the closest, most exciting general elections in recent memory, the truly remarkable rise of UKIP and our leader, Nigel Farage, have caused nothing less than a tectonic shift in British politics.

This week UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has launched his new book, The Purple Revolution, the untold story of the journey UKIP has travelled on.

With characteristic wit and candour, the book describes the values that underpin Nigel Farage's own journey: from successful City trader to outspoken critic of the European Union and champion of Britain's right to govern itself.


From today, and until Thursday 26th March – if you sign up as a UKIP member, you will receive, in addition to the usual benefits, a free copy of The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed


LIVE STREAMING: Friday, 20 March 2015, starts at 10.00am (UK time; 11:00CET)

On March 20th, the EFDD group will give a platform to notable British experts and a special guest from Iceland to explain how the UK can escape control by the sclerotic and self-obsessed EU institutions and go back to its traditional position as an independent global trading force.

Speakers include: Ruth Lea, Economic Adviser, Arbuthnot Banking Group and Chairman, Economists for Britain;
Robert Oulds, Director of the Bruges Group and author of "Everything you wanted to know about the EU but were afraid to ask";
UKIP MEP William Dartmouth, member of the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, UKIP spokesman on trade; and Gunnlaugur Snær Olafsson, political scientist and member of the internal Committee for Foreign Affairs of Iceland's governing conservative Independence Party.
“My intuition is that [EU] treaty change is close to mission impossible today... We need unanimity between 28 member states, in the European parliament, in 28 national parliaments in the process of ratification." - European Council president Donald Tusk [inset]

UKIP Press Release

In response to comments by the European Council president Donald Tusk that EU treaty change is “close to mission impossible,” UKIP leader Nigel Farage today said:

“David Cameron must come clean with the British people and tell them honestly that EU Treaty negotiation is not going to happen as the EU leaders have made it clear that they will not have it.

“EU bigwigs Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk have all said there will be no changes on EU free movement or EU treaty change.

“This heightens the need for UKIP’s demand for an early referendum as clearly re-negotiation is futile.

“Treaty change depends on the agreement of 28 member states, many of whom have no appetite for change, making Cameron’s talk of renegotiation on any issue of substance a non-starter.”

The European Commission is taking a huff and suggesting Iceland must jump through numerous hoops before it can wriggle free... Choosing between the EU and EU exit, the British electorate are getting a taste for Kippers." - UKIP Fisheries spokeman Raymond Finch MEP

The Government of Iceland has formally withdrawn its application for EU membership, a major contention being quotas imposed on mackerel fishing on which Iceland depends economically.

Officials in Iceland said they will set their own mackerel-fishing quotas after two nearby states negotiated an agreement with the European Union without including them.

"The Goverment of Iceland has no intentions to resume accession talks. Furthermore, any commitments made by the previous Government in the accession talks are superseded by the present policy," the formal letters to the Commission and the Presidency of the EU Council said.

The Icelandic government submitted these letters on Thursday, but a communication from the Commission's press officer for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement said that Iceland will not be taken off the candidate countries' list, citing 'certian rules that have to be followed.'

In response, UKIP Fisheries spokesman, MEP Ray Finch said:

"The new Icelandic government had a choice between the EU and a heap load of mackerel, and they chose the mackerel. I love their great choice.
It demonstrates two things - that countries can work in the economic interests of their citizens and that EU expansion in no longer inevitable.

European Parliament
plenary session:

Strasbourg, 27-30 Apr 2015


17 APR 2015: Nigel Farage: We are challenging the Establishment and they are fighting back (Absolute Radio)

17 APR 2015: Nigel Farage challengers debate highlights (BBC One, 1604.2015)

16 APR 2015: Stuart Agnew: EU's ability to follow progeny of cloned animals through food chain doubtful (AGRI committee)

15 APR 2015: William Dartmouth: Labour and Tories cheerleading Turkey's EU candidacy despite blatant rejection of democratic values

15 APR 2015: William Dartmouth: Why are Tories cheerleaders for Turkey joining the EU? (Bluecard question to Tory MEP Sajjad Karim)

15 APR 2015: Jonathan Arnott: 'More Europe' has drained financial resources from Member States

15 APR 2015: Nigel Farage: UKIP the only party that wants to set this country free from political union (UKIP Manifesto launch)

14 APR 2015: Raymond Finch: Commission ton-of-bricks proposals will wreak havoc on British fishing businesses (Fisheries committee, 13.04.2015)

14 APR 2015: Nigel Farage speaks in Purfleet (13.04.2015)

13 APR 2015: Paul Nuttall speaks at public meeting in Worcester (12.04.2015)

08 APR 2015: Nigel Farage: What is the point of GDP rising if living conditions for ordinary families have gone down? (Public meeting in Grimsby)

08 APR 2015: Nigel Farage: We can win in the Black Country and Staffordshire (Express & Star)

03 APR 2015: Nigel Farage: What's going on here? Get real! (ITV Debate, GE2015, 02.04.2015)

31 MAR 2015: Nigel Farage launches election poster: Immigration is Three Times Higher Than the Tories Promised (BBC)

31 MAR 2015: James Carver - Attacks on tourists in secular countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region (Foreign Affairs committee, 30.03.2015)

30 MAR 2015: James Carver questions NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Foreign Affairs committee)

30 MAR 2015: Nigel Farage: UKIP campaign kickoff GE2015 (BBC News)

26 MAR 2015: James Carver: EU-Russia relations: the diplomatic option is the only solution (Foreign Affairs committee, 23.03.2015)

25 MAR 2015: Jonathan Arnott: EU VAT on digital products crippling small businesses (Bluecard question to Liberal group president Guy Verhofstadt)

25 MAR 2015: Paul Nuttall:
Human life is more important than political point-scoring

25 MAR 2015: Stuart Agnew: EU interference not helping dairy market (AGRI committee, 24.03.2015)

25 MAR 2015:
Stuart Agnew: EU meddling worrying British organic farmers (AGRI committee, 24.03.2015)

25 MAR 2015:
Stuart Agnew: Animal domestication does not make methane an evil gas (AGRI committee, 24.03.2015)

25 MAR 2015: Stuart Agnew: Did she also beg you to allow her to delay payments to farmers, Mr Commissioner? (AGRI committee, 24.03.2015)

25 MAR 2015: James Carver: Financing EU military missions while refusing to commit to British defence spending (SEDE-BUDG-AFET joint commitee, 24.03.2015)

24 MAR 2015: Nigel Farage: Quantative Easing has been the death knell of savers (with Jim Mellon, The Master Interview)

24 MAR 2015: Stuart Agnew: Chasing a problem that doesn't exist (AGRI committee, 23.03.2015)

24 MAR 2015: Patrick O'Flynn: No tax on the minimum wage (UKIP launches economic policy, Middleton, 23.03.2015)
See: An Economy believing in Britain (ukip.org)

23 MAR 2015: Nigel Farage: Both EU bosses have made it perfectly clear there is no renegotiation (BBC, Andrew Marr, 22.03.2015)

20 MAR 2015: Paul Nuttall:
UKIP are the only real challenger to Labour in Northern England

18 MAR 2015: Nigel Farage: Budget shows government has failed to eradicate deficit (Guardian)

17 MAR 2015: Nigel Farage: The Purple Revolution (BBC, Daily Politics)

12 MAR 2015: Mike Hookem: Too afraid to stop abuse for fear of breaching cultural sensitivities

12 MAR 2015: Raymond Finch: You've been had by a giant corporatist scam

11 MAR 2015: Gerard Batten: Many people have a perfectly rational fear of fundamentalist Islam

11 MAR 2015: James Carver: Political Correctness and Multiculturalism have Failed