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There is a Choice!

We are now in the period of the ‘long campaign’ for elections to the European Parliament on May 22nd. The enthusiasm and dedication of our supporters will be critical in delivering our best ever election result, providing our springboard for the General Election in 2015.

The Lib Dems look likely to lose many seats, possibly even a wipe-out. Many of their activists have been demotivated by their record in Coalition Government. Around here for over 20 years they have been pushing out leaflets with graphs saying the only way to defeat the Tories is by voting Lib Dem, and yet they have proved to be the biggest Tory stooges around. As if that was not bad enough for them, more of the electorate are realising that a vote for them is a vote for more EU, and their referendum promises were just more of the same dishonest lies as peddled by ‘cast-iron-guarantee Dave’.

Labour always do hopelessly locally, but the message is clear: be it ‘New’ Labour, the Lib Dems or the ‘Modern’ Conservatives, it is more of the same – they are all pro EU to the point of nauseating infatuation, and on core issues they offer the electorate no real choice – three bland Social Democratic parties, with just the odd policy tweak and a load of meaningless rhetorical argument to differentiate them.

This is not that surprising, as all three have signed up to the European Union project (current direct cost to the UK taxpayer £53 million a day, plus regulation costs, lost jobs, green subsidies and other waste). Estimates currently seem to indicate around 75% of our laws come from Brussels, but there is so much of it no-one knows the exact percentage! EU regulations are binding legislative acts, and must be applied in its entirety across the EU, so by-pass Westminster altogether. EU directives are legislative acts that set out goals that all EU countries must achieve, and it is simply the role of our “Government” to rubber stamp, or more-often gold-plate them. But the people who make our laws, the EU Commissioners are unelected.

The reaction we are finding on the doorstep is that people are well and truly fed up with all three establishment parties. We need to show there is an alternative. Over the next weeks and months there will be doors to knock on, newspapers and leaflets to be delivered. Posters will also be an important motivational tool, so we need to target canvassing on main roads. Once people see these popping up in their neighbourhood, they will realise that they are not the only ones thinking of voting UKIP, and that we are active locally. They equally have a demotivational impact on those who usually support one of the others, especially so, as many are already fed up.

We have the possibility of May 22nd being the best-ever result in UKIP’s history, making us impossible to ignore. Increasing numbers of UKIP victories in local elections show we are winning first-past-the-post elections. From May we can build from that momentum and go for the jugular in the General Election to win our first seats at Westminster.

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Ten Myths about the European Union and Britain

The following ten myths about the European Union and Britain as well as the reality of the situation in each case is set out below:

MYTH 1. Britain would lose out on 3 millions of jobs if we left the EU.

FACT: We buy more from the EU than we sell, over 4 million jobs in the EU depend on trade with the UK.  The UK is the biggest customer of the EU – we buy more than even the USA. In 2011 there was a UK trade deficit of £28 billions with the EU.

MYTH 2. Tariff barriers will exclude us from trade with the EU.

FACT: The EU has free trade agreements with 53 countries to overcome such tariffs, and is negotiating a further 74.  Even the Lisbon Treaty requires the EU to make a trade agreement with a nation that leaves the EU.

MYTH 3. Britain cannot survive economically outside the EU in a world of trading blocs.

FACT: Major economies such as Japan (the world’s third largest) are not in a trading bloc. Our best trading relationships are not within the EU, but outside, with countries like the USA and Switzerland.  The EU has been useless with our traditional trading partners – the Commonwealth with which the EU only has a free trade agreement with just one of the 53 other member states.

MYTH 4. The EU is moving towards the UK’s position on cutting regulation and bureaucracy.

FACT: The EU already has more control over how we are allowed to conduct our lives than our own elected Government and constantly seeks to increase it.  Once in place, EU directives are highly unlikely to be reformed or repealed. Less than 15% of Britain’s GDP represents trade with the EU yet Brussels regulations afflict 100% of our economy. In 2010, Open Europe estimated EU regulation had cost Britain £124 billion since 1998.

MYTH 5. If we leave, we’ll have to pay the EU billions and implement all its regulations without a say.

FACT: We have little say within the EU, and from 1st January 2014, the EU ended the requirement of unanimity for decisions by the Council of Ministers replaced by ‘qualified majority voting’. Now, we have only 8.4% of voting power in the EU. The UK would have more leverage as an independent sovereign nation and the world’s 6th largest economy. In 2009, Norway’s total financial contribution linked to their EEA (European Economic Area) agreement was some 340 million Euros per year, a tiny fraction of the gross annual cost that Britain must pay for EU membership – now £18.5 billion, or over £50 million a day

MYTH 6. The EU has brought peace to the European continent.

FACT: It is NATO, founded in 1949 and dominated by the USA, and not the EU, that has actually kept the peace in Europe, together with parliamentary democracy. Both are being undermined by the EU by unaccountable and unelected EU Commissioners and bureaucrats.

MYTH 7. The EU has a positive impact on the British economy.

FACT: ‘Free movement’ of cheap labour irrefutably leads to higher youth unemployment (we already have a million youth unemployed).  Industries like fishing, farming, postal services and manufacturing have been devastated by our membership of the EU which costs billions of pounds and large numbers of lost jobs thanks to red tape, substantial membership and aid contributions and other costs.  Small and medium sized businesses continue to be particularly badly affected by meddling EU regulations and directives.

MYTH 8. We’ll lose foreign investment if we leave the EU.

FACT: In a 2010 survey on UK’s attractiveness to foreign investors, Ernst and Young found Britain remained the top Foreign Direct Investment destination in Europe thanks to the City of London and the UK’s relationship with the US. The UK is the world’s 6th largest economy, 8th largest manufacturer, 5th largest trading nation, London is world’s largest financial centre, and the UK is the EU’s biggest client.

MYTH 9. We will lose influence in the world by being outside the EU

FACT: Britain has a substantial ‘portfolio of power’: membership of the G20 and G8 Nations, a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and seats on the International Monetary Fund Board of Governors and World Trade Organisation. We are at the heart of the 54-nation Commonwealth, and the world’s 5th biggest trading nation.

MYTH 10. Legally, we can’t leave the EU.

FACT: Britain could leave the EU in a single day by repealing the European Communities Act 1972 and its attendant Amendment Acts through a single clause Bill passing through Westminster. A replacement UK/EU Free Trade Agreement would not need time-consuming negotiation on tariff reductions if it merely replicated existing EU trade arrangements.  Only UKIP will do this, and return control of the British government to the British people.

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Cast-Iron Guarantees

This was the 26th September 2007 text of David Cameron’s famous cast-iron guarantee for an EU Referendum published to Sun readers.

“The final reason we must have a vote is trust. Gordon Brown talks about “new” politics.  But there’s nothing “new” about breaking your promises to the British public. It’s classic Labour. And it is the cancer that is eating away at trust in politics.  Small wonder that so many people don’t believe a word politicians ever say if they break their promises so casually.  If you really want to signal you’re a break from the past, Prime Minister, do the right thing – give the people the referendum you promised.

“Today, I will give this cast-iron guarantee: If I become PM a Conservative government will hold a referendum on any EU treaty that emerges from these negotiations.  No treaty should be ratified without consulting the British people in a referendum.”

David Cameron could not have been clearer. Yet he did not “do the right thing.” He broke his cast-iron guarantee promise of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

The claim that the treaty was ratified just before he became PM and therefore he could not hold a referendum simply does not wash in the light of his exact words set out above.  The UK referendum of 1975 is a precedent on this, as it was a post-legislative referendum held to gauge support for the country’s continued membership of the European Economic Community (EEC), which we had already entered in 1973 under the pro EEC Conservative government of Edward Heath.

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats all promised a referendum on whether to ratify the EU Constitution in their 2005 general election manifestos. They all knew without a shadow of a doubt that this matter needed to be resolved by the British people in a referendum. But all have since been in office and all have failed to deliver. As my wife often tells me, if someone shows you what they are like – believe them.

As to David Cameron’s first paragraph in his cast-iron guarantee statement, could there possibly be a more blatant case of “pot, kettle, black”?

Pro EU Cameron and his pro EU Conservative Party cannot be trusted on their pledge of a referendum in 2017. None of the three main pro EU parties can be trusted. The Lib/Lab/Con parties are infatuated with the EU. No matter what they have promised the British electorate, they are not going to give the British a vote on the EU if they think they are going to lose. And they are pretty sure they will lose.

In the meantime, at the end of this month, on the same day our borders are fully opened to the 29 million citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, a further major loss of British sovereignty will occur under this Lisbon Treaty that Cameron has denied us a vote on.

From 1st January, the monstrously costly European Union bureaucracy will see an end to a requirement of unanimity on decisions by the Council of Ministers to be replaced by a new system of ‘qualified majority voting’ in almost every policy area outside taxation and foreign policy. Britain will now always be bound by a continental majority. The populations of Germany, France, Italy and Spain are such, that under the new system these four alone already will always have over 50% of the vote and Britain is further destined to be in a permanent statistical minority.

The three main pro EU Lib/Lab/Con parties are all the same, save the odd pedantic point here and a load of rhetoric there. They offer the electorate no choice, it doesn’t matter which gets in. But now the electorate does have a choice – increasingly when they vote UKIP, they are actually getting UKIP. Starting with the European elections in 2014, every election will give them a referendum to say a clear “NO” to the EU. We must be ready to build on that momentum in the run up to the General Election and make 2015 a “Night of the Long Purple UKIP Knives.” It will be a bloodless revolution, but we must get our message across clear and wide and take as many scalps as we can.

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How Much Does the European Union Cost Britain?

Distinguished economist, Professor Tim Congdon CBE, recently published the 2013 edition of “How Much Does the European Union Cost Britain?

This is a substantial analysis of the affects our membership of the EU and the effect it has on the British economy.

The headline figure is that the UK is roughly 11% of GDP – about £165 billion to £170 billion – worse-off every year because it is a member of the EU.  For non-economists, GDP means the same thing as ‘the UK’s national output’ or ‘what we produce as a nation’.  A ‘billion pounds’ is ‘a thousand million pounds’ (using short scale definition).

In 2012 the UK had 26.8 million households. So the total cost of EU membership to the average household was over £6,000 a year. (Yes, seriously.)

An influential economist Professor Congdon was, between 1993 and 1997, a member of the Treasury Panel of Independent Forecasters that advised the Conservative government on economic policy, sometimes referred to as the “wise men”.

For full details, the document can be read on this link:

How Much Does the European Union Cost Britain?

Happy reading!

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Immigration

David Cameron’s pledge to cap net immigration down to “tens of thousands” rather than “hundreds of thousands” to ensure public services did not become overwhelmed was, from day one, doomed to total failure.  Under his watch, the number of people migrating into the UK has been running at around 500,000 a year.

In reality, it is a hollow pledge as the British Government has no control whilst it remains a member of the European Union (EU.)  The EU require Britain to open its borders to all citizens of the EU and, on 1st January 2014, this extends further to the citizens of Romania and Bulgaria.

We must end open door immigration from the EU and this can only be achieved by leaving the EU.  Similar to Canada, New Zealand and Australia, we should run a firm, but fair points based system to admit manageable numbers of people who have something to offer our country.

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