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01-Dec-2016
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.”
29-Nov-2016
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.
22-Nov-2016
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

Press Release

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.”
26-Oct-2016
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.
26-Oct-2016
Press Release

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.”

25-Oct-2016
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.”

25-Oct-2016
“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

Press Release

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.”

18-Oct-2016
Nick Clegg should focus more on persuading the good people of his town Sheffield the merits of EU membership, who despite his sage advice voted to leave the EU. - UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew

Press Release

Today (18.10.2016) Stuart Agnew MEP, UKIP agriculture spokesman, responding to Nick Clegg’s claims that food prices will soar with a ‘hard Brexit’, commented:

“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.
16-Oct-2016
To see the likes of Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg stand up in the House of Commons and proclaim that we must stay in the single market is to ignore the reality of the referendum.

By Nigel Farage MEP (Sunday Express)

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.

13-Oct-2016
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.

06-Oct-2016

UKIP MEP Tim Aker speaks during the debate on the "Preparation of the European Council meeting of 20 and 21 October 2016", European Parliament, Strasbourg, 05 October 2016
16-Sep-2016



Final speech as UKIP Leader, Bournemouth, 16 September 2016
14-Sep-2016


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.”

13-Sep-2016
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

Press Release

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.
09-Sep-2016
EU Brexit negotiators are different fish swimming in the same bowl of tears says UKIP's Nigel Farage

Press Release

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."

See:
EU names Belgian to coordinate Brexit negotiations
Brexit – Belgian Didier Seeuws named chief negotiator for Britain’s exit from the EU
These are the Brexit negotiators who could shape Britain’s future
Who is Guy Verhofstadt? Farage’s ‘worst enemy’ appointed EU Parliament's Brexit negotiator
07-Sep-2016
Press Release
 
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.”

06-Jul-2016


Press Conference: Brexit - Let's Get Things Started
European Parliament, Strasbourg, 06 July 2016
05-Jul-2016
UKIP Press Release

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.”
28-Jun-2016


UKIP Leader Nigel Farage addresses the European Parliament in Brussels, 28 June 2016, during the debate on the "Outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom" (Council and Commission statements)

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VIDEO SECTION


06 DEC 2016: What about the biggest 'greenhouse gas' of all: water vapour (AGRI committee, 05.12.2016)


06 DEC 2016: Stuart Agnew: Who decides what 'sustainable farming' is? (AGRI committee, 05.12.2016)


05 DEC 2016: Stuart Agnew: Stop pretending we can change the world's weather (AGRI committee)


05 DEC 2016:
Stuart Agnew: EU Free Movement Gone Wrong (AGRI committee)


01 DEC 2016: James Carver: It's a crying shame that a land of untapped wealth is now a failed state


01 DEC 2016:
Roger Helmer: The Lessons of Lysenko


30 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: Money going astray? No false reporting, says Commission representative (AGRI committee, 29.11.2016)


30 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: Future of rural development in Europe: Local First! (AGRI committee, 29.11.2016)


30 NOV 2016: Raymond Finch: US-EU data protection agreement: We'll be watching closely


30 NOV 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Same EU budget pantomime year in, year out


30 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: The EU imports 30 mln tonnes a year of GM soya (AGRI-INTA joint committee meeting, 29.11.2016)


30 NOV 2016:
Stuart Agnew seeks clarifications on new plant breeding techniques vs. GMO (Legal Affairs committee, 29.11.2016)


30 NOV 2016: William Dartmouth: There is no free movement in our trade agreements, Commissioner Malmstrom admits (INTA-EMPL joint committee meeting, 29.11.2016)


29 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: Are Slovenian farmers moving to non-EU Serbia? (AGRI committee)


28 NOV 2016:
Stuart Agnew: Who said Brexit wasn't good for business! (AGRI committee)


28 NOV 2016:
Stuart Agnew: Best practices in resource efficient and innovative agriculture (AGRI Committee)


28 NOV 2016:
Stuart Agnew: There's a shortage of CO2 in the atmosphere for optimum plant growth (AGRI committee)


23 NOV 2016: Jill Seymour: UK small transport businesses have been drowned in EU legislation


23 NOV 2016: Patrick O'Flynn: You lot can work towards a standard VAT regime controlled by Brussels


23 NOV 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Taxpayers to fund EU's strategy "to counteract anti-EU propaganda" (Explanations of Vote)


23 NOV 2016:
Jonathan Arnott: European Army: If it looks like a duck,... (Explanations of Vote)


23 NOV 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Hopeful that by 2018 the UK will have left the European Union (Explanations of Vote)


23 NOV 2016: Roger Helmer: The Paris climate agreement is now well and truly dead


23 NOV 2016: Julia Reid: With Brexit we will determine our own environmental and energy policies free from EU commission


23 NOV 2016:
Stuart Agnew clears the smog off the EU's clean air directive


22 NOV 2016: James Carver: Stop your neo-colonialism and your justification for more Europe


22 NOV 2016: Mike Hookem: European Parliament Report wants EU military to combat subversion


22 NOV 2016:
Raymond Finch: EU spending taxpayers money to support Turkish dictator


22 NOV 2016: James Carver: Stalemate in Syria displays failure of international community


22 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: Commissioner Hogan says we can ignore the fact that EU has no treaty competence over forestry (AGRI-ENVI-ITRE joint committee meeting with Commissioner Hogan)


22 NOV 2016: Patrick O'Flynn: The euro has locked southern Europe into permanent economic stagnation


22 NOV 2016: Patrick O'Flynn: France faces worst of all economic worlds (Bluecard Question to Socialist MEP Pervenche Beres)


21 NOV 2016: Gerard Batten: Brexit Means Exit


21 NOV 2016: Patrick O'Flynn: Using Brexit as pretext for closing down consumer choice would leave EU less prosperous


21 NOV 2016: David Coburn: ECB chief Draghi's appearance before Irish parliament: Did that ever happen? (Bluecard question to Leftist MEP Luke Flanagan)


21 NOV 2016:
David Coburn: Mario Draghi and his European Central Bank are ruining this continent


16 NOV 2016: Raymond Finch grills Joseph Stiglitz on tax havens and Hillary Clinton (PANA committee)


13 NOV 2016:
Nigel Farage after meeting with US President-Elect Donald Trump (Fox News)


09 NOV 2016: Nigel Farage: 2016 is year of political revolution (BBC)


09 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: Agricultural challenges in the EU post 2020 (Workshop - AGRI committee, 08.11.2016)


08 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: EU food labelling: if they put horse meat make sure that's what it says on the tin (AGRI committee)


08 NOV 2016: Plant diseases cannot be controlled at EU level (AGRI committee)


08 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: Another EU scheme where opting out does not preclude paying up (AGRI committee)


08 NOV 2016: Gerard Batten: Failed EU Blue Card scheme a tremendous mistake (Civil liberties committee, 07.11.2016)


08 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: Turning gender discrimination the other way round (Joint AGRI-FEMM meeting, 07.11.2016)


07 NOV 2016: Stuart Agnew: Facing up to some difficult truth (AGRI committee)


04 NOV 2016: Nigel Farage at the European Freedom Awards, Stockholm, Sweden


27 OCT 2016: Julia Reid: The 'Time Lords' should take the lead again


27 OCT 2016: Raymond Finch: Celebrating 20 years of throwing taxpayers money down the drain


26 OCT 2016: Mike Hookem: Migrants not under direct threat from conflict should be declared 'economic migrants'


26 OCT 2016: James Carver: Respect the sacrifices of Kurdish groups in the fight against IS


26 OCT 2016: James Carver: A huge humanitarian disaster is heading this way (Bluecard Question to Greens MEP Valero)


26 OCT 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Court of Auditors EU budget report a comedy of errors


26 OCT 2016: Nigel Farage: The only obstacles to a trade deal with Britain are the High Priests of Euro-Federalism


26 OCT 2016: Bill Etheridge: The Walloons have taken over the asylum (Bluecard Question to Greek Communist MEP Papadakis)


26 OCT 2016: David Coburn: France needs Frexit to escape the catastrophic economic mess it's in (Bluecard Question to ENF group leader Marine Le Pen)


25 OCT 2016: Stuart Agnew: EU aims to control Member States' control of pest control


25 OCT 2016: David Coburn: Corporate tax base is first step to supranational fiscal union


25 OCT 2016: David Coburn: Irish Republic should join Britain's Brexit with Irexit (Bluecard Questio to Liberal MEP Marian Harkin)


25 OCT 2016: Jonathan Arnott: Cut 'nonsense spending' from EU budget

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