• 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."
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.
• 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.
• 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.”
• 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.
•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."
•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:
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."
• 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.
• 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?
• 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?"
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."
“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 ."
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."
"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."