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05-Dec-2017
Speaking in the European Parliament Plenary session in Brussels during a debate on the European Union’s budget for 2018, UKIP MEP Nigel Farage expressed his dismay with Theresa May’s offer of 50 billion pounds as part of the divorce proceedings.

Nigel Farage MEP stated:

“Let’s hear it for Commission Oettinger, the German Commissioner in charge of the European Union budget, you sir are having a very good day. Christmas has come early.”

“Certainly the line that I’ve always taken is that no deal is better than a bad deal and in this case it’s worse than a bad deal, we don’t even know if we’re going to get a trade deal in return.”

“Even if there was a firm offer of tariff free access to the EU Single Market it would not be worth the 50 billion payment.”
07-Nov-2017
UKIP Fisheries Spokesman launches petition calling on Government to remove fisheries from the ‘Great Repeal Bill’

Mike Hookem MEP – Press Release

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Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem, has launched a petition to force the Government to remove fisheries from Theresa May’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’, saying, “the inclusion of the Common Fisheries Policy into UK law is an abject betrayal of Brexit.”

Mr Hookem, UKIP’s fisheries spokesman, launched his crusade after George Eustice announced in the House of Commons that ‘technical measures’ of the CFP will be included in Theresa May’s flagship Repeal Bill.

Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “the response to the petition has been amazing so far, with over 6,000 signatures in the first 48 hours. However, we still have a long way to go if we are going to get the 100,000 signatures we need to force a Commons debate.
10-Oct-2017
Press Release -  from the office of DR Julia Reid MEP, UKIP Health Spokesman

The state of care across hospitals, care homes, home care, and GP surgeries is taking a nosedive and the future of the NHS is “precarious”, according to a report published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The NHS watchdog reported that staff shortages, rising demand, and increasing numbers of patients with preventable illnesses were putting an excessive strain on NHS services. The result of which has seen a rise in long waits at A&E, more operations being cancelled, and fewer available beds in hospitals and care homes.

The damning report has led to many fearing that the National Health Service may crumble under the pressure, possibly even before it reaches its 70th birthday next year.

UKIP’s health spokesman, Dr Julia Reid MEP, said: “One of the worst things about reading the report is knowing that most of the problems faced by the NHS today were easily preventable.

“The staffing crisis, which is arguably one of the larger issues, could have easily been avoided, but instead of putting in place measures to retain and recruit more staff, the successive Coalition and Tory Governments made it worse.

09-Oct-2017
  All the 17 Labour MEPs present in Strasbourg voted against the following amendment:

"Insists that the EU must not obstruct or delay any negotiations by the UK Government that seek trade agreements with third countries, provided that such agreements are intended to commence on a date after the end of March 2019; "

UKIP Trade Spokesman, William Dartmouth MEP, commented: "The UK should and must seek to make trade deals with third countries.

Labour MEPs have blatantly voted against the UK's national interest. This is a disgrace. The Labour Party should consider their position."
05-Jul-2017
Press Release

Today, the European Parliament voted down several UKIP amendments which explicitly called for the protection of UK fishing waters, scrapping the Brexit bill and ending ECJ jurisdiction in the UK. Conservative and Labour MEPs joined forces to vote down these proposals along with the rest of the Parliament.

Gerard Batten MEP and UKIP Brexit spokesman commented:

“The Conservative government is making some encouraging noises but their MEPs gave the game away today. As usual, the Tories say one thing in the UK but vote for the opposite in the European Parliament.

They are fully prepared to allow European courts to have power over us for years and years to come and submit to EU blackmail over the Brexit bill.”

“We have set out a clear plan to repeal the 1972 European Community Act as soon as possible and ensure a speedy and unencumbered Brexit whilst saving billions and billions in extra EU contributions.” 
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.

Press Release

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."


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08 FEB 2018: David Coburn: EIB: We haven't discussed the fact that Britain is owed 35bln pounds (Point of Order)


07 FEB 2018: David Coburn: UK taxpayers want back their 35bln-pound EIB stake on Brexit day not in 2054


07 FEB 2018: David Coburn: How will you explain to your constituents that you don't want our 35 billion back, Mr Howarth? (Bluecard Question to Labour MEP Howarth)


07 FEB 2018: David Coburn: They're punishing Britain for Brexit, so let's punish them! (Bluecard Question to ENF MEP Zanni)


07 FEB 2018: David Coburn: You've experienced communism, so how can you come here and promote the same nonsense, Sir? (Bluecard Question to Romanian Socialist MEP)


07 FEB 2018: David Coburn: EU's External Investment Plan pumps prime businesses with taxpayers money


07 FEB 2018: David Coburn: The EU is the cause of rising human misery


07 FEB 2018: Bill Etheridge: The dead hand of the state pressing down on our economies


07 FEB 2018: Bill Etheridge: Picking over the carcass of the folly of UK membership of the EU


06 FEB 2018: James Carver: EU must strongly condemn Turkish President Erdogan's despotic rule


06 FEB 2018: James Carver: Time for Zimbabwe to rejoin the Commonwealth


06 FEB 2018: Stuart Agnew: The perfect example of a country destroyed by well-meaning socialist policies


06 FEB 2018: Raymond Finch: Former breadbasket of Africa needs to rekindle relationship with the Commonwealth


06 FEB 2018:
Patrick O'Flynn: EU determined to intrude ever further into more national sovereignties


06 FEB 2018:
James Carver: EU expansion into Western Balkans nothing but neo-colonialism by other means


06 FEB 2018:
Margot Parker: Female genital mutilation is a crime that cannot go unpunished


06 FEB 2018: David Coburn: European Parliament immunity of Members fast becoming a farce (Point of Order)


05 FEB 2018: Jonathan Bullock: The foolish concept of decarbonising Europe's economy


05 FEB 2018: Stuart Agnew: Another report aimed at one political objective: a United States of Europe


05 FEB 2018: David Coburn: Creating problems for the City of London will push eurozone over the edge


01 FEB 2018: David Coburn: EU 'sustainable finance': you're living in a fantasy world (Open Coordinators Meeting - ECON committee)


25 JAN 2018: Nathan Gill: Harmonisation of insurance parameters for compensating damages in the EU (Petitions committee, 23.01.2018)


25 JAN 2018: Nathan Gill: Different tastes in different countries (Petitions committee, 23.01.2018)


25 JAN 2018: David Coburn: Eurozone membership will end Bulgaria's competitive advantage (ECON committee, 24.01.2018)


24 JAN 2018: Stuart Agnew: EU has no competence in forestry and yet they debate on legislation (AGRI committee, 23.01.2018)


24 JAN 2018: William Dartmouth: European Investment Bank losing 16 percent UK-owned capital after Brexit (International Trade committee, 23.01.2018)


24 JAN 2018: William Dartmouth: Switzerland-Japan trade agreement will have predated EU-Japan by over a decade (International Trade committee, 23.01.2018)


24 JAN 2018: Nathan Gill: EU farmers having a hard time with livestock electronic tagging (Petitions committee, 23.01.2018)


24 JAN 2018: Nathan Gill: EU animal welfare: No level playing field for British pig farmers (Petitions committee, 23.01.2018)


23 JAN 2018: Patrick O'Flynn: Employers burdened with higher regulatory costs in pursuit of EU agenda (Culture and Education committee)


23 JAN 2018: Stuart Agnew: EU banning of pesticide materials is a lose-lose situation (AGRI committee, 22.01.2018)


18 JAN 2018: David Coburn: EU taxpayers money funding one of the most corrupt countries on earth


18 JAN 2018: Stuart Agnew: Yet another area where EU Commission pushes forward with their political agenda


17 JAN 2018: Patrick O'Flynn: European Year of Cultural Heritage little more than a multicultural group hug


17 JAN 2018: Margot Parker: Traffickers of women and children taking advantage of EU open borders


17 JAN 2018: Julia Reid: Plastic packaging should be recyclable


17 JAN 2018: Nathan Gill: If you want to curb youth unemployment free SMEs from high taxation and red tape


17 JAN 2018: David Coburn: EU Orwellian propaganda machine subverting national democracies


17 JAN 2018: Gerard Batten: You are the authors of your own unpopularity


17 JAN 2018: Nigel Farage: You're a devoted European Unionist harming Irish interests, Mr Varadkar


17 JAN 2018:
James Carver: Eurosceptics ignored in the European Parliament (Voting Time, 16.01.2018)


16 JAN 2018: Raymond Finch: The European Union must not destabilise Kenya


16 JAN 2018: Raymond Finch: It would be wise to be cautious in offering unconditional support for mass rallies in Iran


16 JAN 2018: James Carver: EU should stop meddling in Colombian peace process


16 JAN 2018: David Coburn: Britain better off leaving EU on WTO terms (Bluecard Question to EPP MEP Elmar Brok)


16 JAN 2018: David Coburn: Brexit: No deal is better than a bad deal (Bluecard Question to Non-attached MEP Balczo)


15 JAN 2018: Stuart Agnew: Dutch breaching EU rules with 28% of beam trawlers equipped for electro-fishing (Bluecard Question to ECR MEP van Dalen)


15 JAN 2018: Mike Hookem: Electro-Pulse fishing causing catastrophic damage to marine environment


15 JAN 2018: Jonathan Bullock: Brexit will rid Britain of absurd Green energy targets


12 JAN 2018: Stuart Agnew: EU wants each farmer to have annual programme on climate change (AGRI committee, 11.01.2018)


12 JAN 2018: Stuart Agnew: Payment adjustment scheme for farmers a bureaucratic nightmare (AGRI committee, 11.01.2018)


12 JAN 2018: Stuart Agnew: Efforts to curb antibiotics use in livestock farming undermined by imports (AGRI committee, 11.01.2018)


12 JAN 2018: Stuart Agnew: I'm not confident in EU ability to assess farm funding (AGRI committee, 11.01.2018)


14 DEC 2017: Jill Seymour: EU driving us out of our cars


13 DEC 2017: Margot Parker: Governments must apply zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation of children

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