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28-Jun-2017


Press Release

Let’s turn the tables on Brexit negotiations by first leaving then utilising the economic strength that Britain possesses to give the EU an economic imperative to speak to the British government on London’s terms, argues Gerard Batten in the UKIP Brexit strategy document released today.  

The British economy is as big as the EU’s 20 smallest economies combined. This fact, argues Batten, incentivises the EU to talk turkey with the UK. So let’s seize the initiative and change from being supplicants to the powerful major domo in negotiations.  

The British government has got its current negotiating strategy all wrong, argues Batten, and says the UK must seize the initiative and save ourselves a lot of both time and money.
14-Jun-2017
Press Release

Nigel Farage MEP today stressed that regardless of Theresa May’s terrible campaign and pressure from the political establishment the British people still want Brexit and voted overwhelmingly for it last Thursday. He was speaking in the preparations for the European Council debate in Strasbourg and stated the importance of getting on with the negotiations.

Nigel Farage MEP said: “Last Thursday over 85 percent of British voters voted for parties on a manifesto not just of leaving the European Union, but of leaving the Single Market as well. Let me tell you the only certainty in this mess is that we will be leaving.

“Unless Theresa May stands up at the summit next week and at those negotiations and makes it absolutely clear that she’s not giving an inch, that we are leaving the Single Market, unless she does those things her own party will get rid of her and then yet more time will be lost in the Article 50 process.”
17-May-2017
Press Release

Speaking today in the European Parliament plenary debate in Strasbourg on the European Council’s adopted guidelines for the Brexit negotiations UKIP MEP Nigel Farage labelled Mr Juncker’s behaviour as unacceptable and called for a change of tactics from the EU or the United Kingdom may be forced to walk away from the talks before the end of the year.

Nigel Farage MEP said:

“In any other part of the civilised world frankly that behaviour would be considered to be bloody rude and the act of a bully. Well I’ll tell you something, your attempt to bully the Brits through these negotiations is not working, sixty-eight percent now of the British people want Brexit to happen.”

“Either we get some grown up, reasonable demands from the European Union or the United Kingdom will be forced to walk away before the end of this year. We can’t spend two years with this farce, there is a big, big world out there.”
16-May-2017
"MEP Pitera wishes to tell us how to combat fraud across Europe while having written letters at the behest of lawyers now up on a serious fraud charge in Poland. This place is like a circus and that is why people laugh at it and voted for Brexit." - UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott

Press Release

The rapporteur on a European Parliament report on combatting fraud wrote at the behest of a group of lawyers, five of whom were arrested on Friday for three months and charged with fraud which cost the Polish tax payer the equivalent of 15 million euro.

Civil Platform MEP Julia Pitera of the EPP group wrote at the request of the lawyers in 2011 to the mayor of Warsaw of the same political party requesting that two named properties be transferred to a specific law firm.

Last week this group of lawyers were arrested and charged by the Polish anti-corruption agency CBA. She has been alleged in the press to have acted as a political puppet of the lawyers.

Today in the European Parliament, the report by MEP Pitera called for greater EU powers, the support for an EU public prosecutor and greater legal harmonisation in order to reduce fraud in EU spending.

The report lays out that fraudulent irregularities cost the EU 637.6 million euro in 2015.
03-May-2017
Press Release

Responding to comments by EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on the EU's stance with the UK, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall MEP said: "The EU has upped its ransom note from 50 billion euro to approximately 100 billion euro.

"This shows how arbitrary and plucked out of the air their figures are, showing it's all a farce and a big bluff.

"At best it looks like they were taught maths at the same school as Diane Abbott.

"The simple fact is that the UK has paid enough into the EU budget for years and this will be coming to an abrupt end very soon.

"If the EU wants any type of a free trade agreement with the UK, it needs to get realistic very soon.

"If the EU insists in acting like a politically motivated punishment beating squad it will surely fail."

27-Apr-2017


European Parliament, Brussels, 26 April 2017 - Situation in Hungary
05-Apr-2017
Press Release

In response to the European Parliament’s joint resolution from the main federalist groups UKIP proposed 14 separate amendments to protect British interests, from controlling immigration to protecting Gibraltar’s sovereignty. All of these amendments were voted down today with help from Labour MEPs.

Paul Nuttall MEP and UKIP leader commented: “For once it would have been nice for British MEPs to put aside petty party political differences to ensure Britain’s best interests would be served. Needless to say Labour MEPs just couldn’t play nice and voted against protecting Gibraltar from an ever more antagonistic Spain, controlling EU immigration post-Brexit and even to actively disadvantage Britain by not allowing us to pursue free trade deals.”

“I always expected an anti-British attitude from the Euro-federalists but to see it from British Labour MEPs is disappointing. We know their leader won’t even sing the national anthem but why don’t we all start playing for Team GB in Brussels and Strasbourg?”
05-Apr-2017
Gibraltar is not on the negotiating table, let us make that fact clear to Mr Tusk, and we can then hopefully get on with the real task of negotiating Brexit - UKIP MEP James Carver.

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James Carver, UKIP’s Foreign and Commonwealth spokesman, today condemned the incursion of the Spanish warship the ‘Infanta Cristina’.

“I find it incredible that shortly after the Spanish Foreign Minister has called for calm, the Spanish government order their warship to illegally enter British sovereign territory in an attempt to frighten and bully the people of Gibraltar” stated Mr Carver, continuing that “I am not surprised, however this is the 100th incursion since 2014, and follows a pattern of Spanish contempt for the Law of the Sea and more widely, international agreements that do not suit their narrow, self -serving agenda.

Carver agreed with Gibraltar Chief Minister Picardo that Spanish pressure on the European Council to make Gibraltar a pawn in the Brexit negotiations was a ‘disgraceful attempt to manipulate the European Council for its own narrow political interests and a clear manifestation of the predictably predatory attitude of Spain towards Gibraltar’.

“In 2002 the people of Gibraltar voted by 99% to 1% to keep Spain out of Gibraltar affairs. They could not make it clearer that they do not want Spain involved in their internal affairs. Whilst I understand that Spain has only recently embraced democracy they must pay heed to the almost unanimous decision of the people of Gibraltar. And the European Union should not play games with the future of Gibraltar and its people. They need to negotiate with the UK in good faith, not play sordid little games at the behest of a country that has a long history of promoting its own narrow interests wherever and whenever it can.

03-Apr-2017
Press release

Responding to calls from Theresa May today for closer ties with Saudi Arabia, UKIP's Women's and Equalities spokeswoman, Margot Parker MEP said:

"Whilst visiting Saudi Arabia, we call on the Prime Minister to raise the issue of horrific human rights abuse which takes place in that state every day.

"Theresa May must convey to the Saudi authorities that women are not second class citizens.

"To ignore brutal abuses on women and the flagrant discrimination against religious minorities in Saudi Arabia is to condone what is going on in this brutal regime.

"She would not put up with it in the U.K., so why in the Middle East?

"This double standard on her part is unacceptable. People expect better from the Prime Minister of the UK."

30-Mar-2017
"If this is what Juncker calls diplomacy, he needs to take a long hard look at himself." - UKIP MEP Nigel Farage, EFDD Group Leader.

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Responding to comments today, by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, that the EU will campaign to break up the USA if Trump continues to support Brexit and other countries leaving, UKIP MEP Nigel Farage said:

"Juncker has made a complete fool of himself. He clearly does not understand the difference between the EU and the United States of America.

"One was formed by consent while the other is being imposed.

"The US is an organically formed nation with a single language and similar culture while the cultural and linguistic differences in the EU are immense.

15-Mar-2017
I look forward to seeing Labour MPs representing ‘Leave’ constituencies explaining to their electorates why they find it appropriate for us to continue paying billions of pounds to the EU post-Brexit - Jonathan Arnott MEP

Press Release

Today, Labour MEPs voted against a UKIP amendment that called for the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), which is due to be renewed in 2020, not to include any UK contributions or entail any legal obligations on the UK regarding its liabilities. The amendment was defeated 558 votes to 83.

UKIP MEP and member of the Budgetary Control Committee Jonathan Arnott commented:

“The Labour Party are ignoring and disrespecting the Brexit referendum result.  It’s a wholesale betrayal of British taxpayers and a surrender to the Federalist fanatics.

They are evidently planning for us to continue footing the EU bill for years and years to come.
15-Mar-2017
I also agree with Frau Merkel for the first time when she spoke about a two speed Europe coming down the line. It’s true. There is going to be a two speed Europe; there’s going to be Britain with Brexit in the fast lane and all you guys going in reverse - UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP

Press Release

Speaking today in the Strasbourg European Parliament plenary debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP urged caution in the midst of the Treaty of Rome celebrations and stressed that despite the motives behind the origins of the European Union being noble, it has evolved into a ‘political monster’ which wants to destroy the nation state.

Paul Nuttall MEP stated: “What began as a noble economic plan has evolved into a political monster, egged on by successive eurocrats who are hungry for ever more power and determined to destroy the nation state and what continues to amaze me is that you never learn. You talk about an existential crisis but you say what is needed is even more EU, you are fiddling whilst the Treaty of Rome burns.”

The UKIP leader also addressed the issue of Turkey by saying, “Turkey under Erdogan is moving towards a theocracy akin to the Middle East, it has nothing in common with the democracies of Europe and therefore Turkey should never ever should be allowed to join the European Union.”
14-Feb-2017
The European Union has no future at all in its current form.

Press Release

Today in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the ‘Future of the EU’ debate Nigel Farage MEP pointed out to European leaders that their voters are taking far harder positions on issues than they are. Voters want less Europe and less immigration from Muslim countries, and this will lead to the global 2016 revolution continuing into 2017.

Nigel Farage MEP stated: “But at the heart of it is a fundamental point, Mr Verhofstadt this morning said that people want more Europe; they don’t, the people want less Europe. And we see this again and again when people have referendums and they reject aspects of EU membership.”

“Just twenty percent want us to keep on allowing people in from Muslim countries, which means your voters have a harder line position on this than Donald Trump, or myself or frankly any party sitting in this Parliament and that is where we’re going.

01-Feb-2017
“Let us invite President Trump to come here, to this European Parliament. I’m sure as democrats you’d all agree that what we need to do is to have an open dialogue with the newly elected, most powerful man in the world” - UKIP MEP and EFDD Group President Nigel Farage

Press Release

Speaking today in a debate in the European Parliament chamber in Brussels on the recent travel restrictions imposed by President Trump, Nigel Farage MEP called on the European Parliament to invite Trump to come and address the chamber whilst blasting the hypocrisy of EU leaders for their criticisms of Trump though ignoring similar actions elsewhere.

Nigel Farage MEP said, “Trump is motivated by protecting the United States of America from Islamic terrorism, whereas what has happened in this room and governments around Europe is you have welcomed this people into your own homes.”

“But I want to ask you Mr Verhofstadt, and all the others, with your faux outrage today, where were you when Obama, in 2011, banned any Iraqi from going into the country for six months? Why do I hear no criticism in this chamber or from the Commission of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and others who have refused to take a single, not one, refugee or displaced person from Syria?”

Mr Farage also called on the European Parliament to invite Trump to speak to them in Brussels.
18-Jan-2017
“It is clear that Britain is going global as a result of that momentous vote on June 23rd. I believe that we have a great future ahead of us.” - UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP

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British Labour Party is a shambles that has let down working class people for far too long said UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall.

Today, in the Strasbourg plenary debate on the European Council Conclusions UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP responded to Prime Minister May’s Brexit objectives and made it clear that Britain is not a country that will be bullied easily by EU negotiators.

Speaking in the debate Paul Nuttall MEP stated:

“No-one in Britain bar UKIP, my party, is holding the government to account on these issues, maybe because the British Labour Party is a shambles that has let down working class people for far too long.”

“So I say to the EU negotiators, now is not the time for empty threats.”

“Britain is not bluffing, Britain will not be bullied. Britain is not some sort of small nation on the peripheries of Europe. We are the United Kingdom. The fifth largest economy on the planet. We have links all over the globe: to the Anglosphere, the Commonwealth, the emerging markets of the Far East.”
17-Jan-2017
As Home Secretary, Theresa May always talked tough but failed to deliver. I challenge her to change the habit of a political lifetime and actually deliver this time - UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall

Responding to Theresa May's Brexit speech today, UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said from the European Parliament, Strasbourg :

“Some of it did sound like a UKIP conference speech and she’s now applying some of the things that we’ve been talking about for many, many years.

“I am concerned that what we’re getting is some sort of slow-motion Brexit where she is speaking about interim measures, or a transitional period, which will only begin after April 2019. She has given no end date to these transitional measures. I challenge the Prime Minister; let’s have this all done and clean before the next General Election in 2020.

On a positive note I would probably give a 7/10 today. Good marks for saying we are leaving the EU's Single Market and stopping mass immigration.

“However, the vital issues of leaving the European Court of Human Rights and taking back control of our fishing waters have been left out completely.
04-Jan-2017
The last thing we need is another career diplomat wearing a Brussels jersey - UKIP Brexit spokesman, Gerard Batten MEP

Press Release

Foreign Office political director Tim Barrow has been appointed as Ivan Rogers’ replacement as EU ambassador. Who is he? A career diplomat of 30 years who was the ambassador to Russia and head of the FCO’s Russia section, as well previously serving in two senior positions in Brussels.

Response from UKIP Brexit spokesman, MEP Gerard Batten:

“This appointment is a disappointment because the last thing we need is another career diplomat wearing a Brussels jersey.

The Foreign Office (FCO) needs a complete and revolutionary shakeup for it must begin to reflect the stated desire of the British people to leave the EU.

We need to remove career diplomats who have been so spectacularly unsuccessful in protecting British interests for the last 44 years.
03-Jan-2017
Press Release

Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP's Brexit spokesman has welcomed the resignation of the the UK's Ambassador to the EU, and has made a suggestion for his replacement.

“UKIP welcomes the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers as  the UK’s Ambassador to the EU.

“Sir Ivan had done the decent thing and stood down from an untenable position.  If Mrs May were serious about leaving the EU she would have removed him long before.

“Sir Ivan is a Europhile who could not be expected to represent Britain’s national interest in the withdrawal process, which is long overdue in starting and which now needs to be pursued in earnest.

“Mrs May should not fill this post with a new Ambassador until we have Repealed the European Communities Act (1972) and returned supremacy of law-making to the UK Parliament.

“She should instead appoint committed Brexiteers to posts of talking to the European Union about how Britain intends to leave under our terms and under our law.
14-Dec-2016
Press Release

Today, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, including Labour MEPs, passed a report concerning market access to port services and financial transparency. This would provide a platform for the EU to interfere with many UK ports as the majority of our ports, unlike continental Europe, are privately run.

Jill Seymour MEP and UKIP transport spokesperson commented:

“Our ports provide a competitive and market driven choice and this regulation will cause direct harm to the industry.

“Labour voters across the country will be disgusted to hear their MEPs have voted through this report. Their job-destroying ability knows no bounds and it seems our successful port industry, worth 300,000 jobs, are now their prime target. Unusually we were lobbied by both port owners and union workers and both groups were united in their opposition against this destructive legislation.

“Britain has a long and proud history trading with the world, a relationship which will now flourish post-Brexit, and our ports are the doors to our prosperity.”

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VIDEO SECTION


22 JUN 2017: David Coburn: Our shipyards are dying to build a fishing fleet post Brexit (Fisheries committee, 21.06.201


22 JUN 2017: David Coburn: We are now leaving the EU and we want our fishing grounds back (Fisheries committee, 21.06.2017)


22 JUN 2017: Mike Hookem: British fishermen view Brexit as a way to control our waters again (Fisheries committee, 21.06.2017)


21 JUN 2017: Stuart Agnew asks for a delay in deadline for the Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant scheme
(AGRI committee, 20.06.2017)


21 JUN 2017: Stuart Agnew: Soil quality is not a competence of the European Union (AGRI committee, 20.06.2017)


21 JUN 2017:
David Coburn asks Commissioner Dombrovskis why the EU is so keen on increasing financial risk (ECON committee, 20.06.2017)


20 JUN 2017:
James Carver: The influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya (Foreign Affairs committee)


20 JUN 2017: Stuart Agnew: CO2 is an essential plant food and we need it badly (AGRI commitee)


20 JUN 2017: Stuart Agnew: If you're going to ban all the things you want to ban... (AGRI committee)


20 JUN 2017: William Dartmouth: When will WTO liberalisation of services take place? (International Trade committee, INTA)


20 JUN 2017: William Dartmouth: Opening up public procurement in third countries, or promoting the EU's political agenda? (INTA committee)


20 JUNE 2017: William Dartmouth: Politicised trade agreements are destructive of jobs and investment in the EU (INTA committee)


19 JUN 2017: Stuart Agnew: Potential problems in EU scheme on unfair trading in food supply chain


15 JUN 2017: Raymond Finch: You cannot legislate yourselves into prosperity


14 JUN 2017: Jonathan Arnott: European Political Parties exist only because we subsidise them


14 JUN 2017: Margot Parker: Child poverty in UK has risen by over 400,000 since Conservatives took power


14 JUN 2017: David Coburn: MEPs pushing forward agenda to ban economic competition between countries


14 JUN 2017: Raymond Finch: Anti-democratic EU vision based on opportunism, corporatism and neo-colonialism


14 JUN 2017: Roger Helmer: COP 21 climate agreement: An eye-watering amount of money for virtually no return


14 JUN 2017: Nigel Farage: Unless Theresa May delivers on Brexit, her own party will get rid of her


13 JUN 2017: Bill Etheridge: Western civilisaion clamping down on freedom of expression in the name of fear


13 JUN 2017: James Carver: Listen to South Yemenis' peaceful call for a say in their future


13 JUN 2017: Stuart Agnew: The Green lobby are determined to kill agriculture


13 JUN 2017:
Julia Reid: EU weeding off one of the few herbicides that farmers have at their disposal


13 JUN 2017: Patrick O'Flynn: Don't deepen the euro. Dump it!


13 JUN 2017: James Carver highlights Scleroderma Awareness Month - June


13 JUN 2017: Julia Reid: EU climate and energy policies perpetuate the same misguided path


13 JUN 2017: Roger Helmer: EU energy labelling: confusing consumers and creating problems for industry


12 JUN 2017: Gerard Batten: Both Tories and Labour dominated by Remainers who want to thwart Brexit if they can


12 JUN 2017: Gerard Batten: The Mediterranean illustrates flaws in Common Fisheries Policy


12 JUN 2017: James Carver: Wasting more taxpayers money on dead-end EU projects


01 JUN 2017: Gerard Batten: Lines between legal and illegal immigration becoming increasingly irrelevant


31 MAY 2017:
James Carver: Why criticise special trade status to Sri Lanka? (Bluecard Question to Leftist MEP Mineur)


31 MAY 2017: James Carver: Delay in Sri Lankan counter-terrorist bill is justifiable (Bluecard Question to Socialist MEP Jongerius)


31 MAY 2017: Gerard Batten: Stop mass migration of Muslims into European countries!


31 MAY 2017: Raymond Finch: Taxing the poor in Europe to chain poor nations worldwide


31 MAY 2017: Jill Seymour: Running small businesses off the road and out of existence


31 MAY 2017: David Coburn questions Jean-Claude Juncker on his epiphany on tax competition (PANA, 30.05.2017)


31 MAY 2017: Stuart Agnew: Support farmers who produce livestock without antibiotics (AGRI, 30.05.2017)


31 MAY 2017: Stuart Agnew: All this is about vilifying carbon dioxide (AGRI, 30.05.2017)


31 MAY 2017: Stuart Agnew: What is going wrong with bees in Europe? (AGRI committee, 29.05.2017)


31 MAY 2017: Stuart Agnew: What is the European beekeeper doing wrong? (AGRI, 29.05.2017)


18 MAY 2017: Raymond Finch: There is no such thing as EU funding


17 MAY 2017: Stuart Agnew: Norway's misgivings should dent Remain camp's obsession with Single Market


17 MAY 2017: Jill Seymour: Report on Single European Transport Area pushes anti-vehicle agenda


17 MAY 2017: Gerard Batten: EU open-borders policy has created serious security problems


17 MAY 2017:
David Coburn: The EU will quickly discover that an economic blitzkrieg is a double-edged sword


17 MAY 2017: James Carver: Why not negotiate a new Common Travel Area with the Irish Republic (Bluecard Question to Northern Ireland MEP Anderson)


17 MAY 2017:
Nigel Farage: Your attempt to bully the Brits is not working


16 MAY 2017:
David Coburn: Vacuous Macron wants to make an example of the UK so no country considers leaving EU


16 MAY 2017: Margot Parker: Persecution of homosexual men in Chechnya


16 MAY 2017: James Carver: Dadaab represents all that is wrong with the way we deal with displaced persons


16 MAY 2017: Margot Parker: Persecution of Christians in the Middle East


16 MAY 2017:
James Carver: It's Groundhog Day on Syria at the European Parliament


16 MAY 2017: Stuart Agnew: Hold your nerve against these people - they just want to stop farming (AGRI committee, 15.05.2017)


16 MAY 2017: William Dartmouth: EU regulations inhibit innovation and destroy growth


16 MAY 2017: Raymond Finch: Encouraging destructive migration and sowing discord amongst EU nations


15 MAY 2017: Jonathan Arnott: Clamping down on illicit trade at EU level


15 MAY 2017:
Julia Reid: EU bureaucracy and legislation is no solution to food wastage


15 MAY 2017: Jonathan Arnott: Getting off the train before it reaches Destination Superstate


15 MAY 2017:
James Carver objects to Israel being called a 'terrorist state' (Point of Order)


12 MAY 2017: Gerard Batten: Endless Brexit negotiations towards finding a way of reversing the referendum decision (Joint LIBE/PETI/EMPL Hearing, 11.05.2017)


10 MAY 2017: David Coburn: PANA committee seems to want to extend the EU empire's punitive tax policy worldwide (PANA committee, 09.05.2017)


09 MAY 2017: David Coburn: EU using PANA committee to extend its excessive tax programmes throughout Europe (PANA committee)


05 MAY 2017: David Coburn: British offshore territories do not want EU interference in their affairs (PANA committee, 02.05.2017)


02 MAY 2017: Stuart Agnew: If we want our own protein crops we must let farmers grow them properly - (AGRI committee)


02 MAY 2017: Stuart Agnew: EU tax to fill Brexit budget gap (AGRI committee)


02 MAY 2017: James Carver: Commission proposal underlines the EU's increased geopolitical and military ambitions (Foreign Affairs committee)


02 MAY 2017:
David Coburn: Orwellian over-regulation in people's finance will lead to lower economic growth (PANA committee, 27.04.2017)



02 MAY 2017: David Coburn: An excuse for bankrupt socialist EU states grabbing more tax money (PANA committee, 27.04.2017)


02 MAY 2017:
James Carver: More European integration is the cause of heightened nationalism (Foreign Affairs committee)


27 APR 2017: Patrick O'Flynn: Eurogroup chief Dijsselbloem is the Basil Fawlty of Europe


27 APR 2017:
David Coburn: The European Investment Bank must take Brexit into account


26 APR 2017: Gerard Batten: Erdogan's dictatorship vote underlines the folly of MPs who supported Turkey's EU accession


26 APR 2017: Nigel Farage: It's time for Hungary to join the Brexit Club, Mr Orban!


26 APR 2017: Stuart Agnew: Flippant committee chairman turns voting farce into Brexit joke (Fisheries committee, 25.04.2017)

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