UKIP Selects Council Candidate in Newtownabbey

Longtime UKIP Party Member and Activist, Raymond Stewart has been selected by the party as a candidate for the May Local Government Elections in the Three Mile Water DEA in Newtownabbey

Raymond alongside UKIP Leader, Gerard Batten MEP at an event in Belfast

Commenting on his selection, Mr Stewart said:

“I am delighted to have been selected by UKIP to contest the council elections in May. I welcome the opportunity to be able to offer the people of Three Mile Water the authentic party of a Brexit, and a patriotic, UK Unionist alternative.

“UKIP is back up in the polls, membership is growing locally and nationally – and as the political establishment actively try to deny 17.4 Million people their democratic right- a full exit from the EU – many will rightly ask: Why should ever trust them with our vote again?

UKIP is the only party locally or nationally calling for a full and complete exit from the EU. We didn’t vote for a deal on the EU’s terms which costs us £39 Billion; we voted to leave completely. If we haven’t done so on March 29th, the people will have been betrayed.”

“UKIP will be contesting the council elections with a clear message and full range of policies. Standing up for a Real Brexit, for freedom of speech, for local democracy, for the Union,  and standing up for the nation.”

Only UKIP has a plan for Brexit & the entire UK

We in UKIP, unlike every other party throughout the United Kingdom are, and always have been very clear and united on where we stand on Brexit. We, unlike every other party in the United Kingdom have always had a clean plan for Brexit and for what happens next. 

Unlike the hypocrites in the DUP – we do not support ‘Treason’ May, and after such a devastating defeat last night, we stand with Brexiteers across the country who rightly believe that she should resign immediately.

Unlike the DUP and other so-called Unionist parties – we do not want another dodgy deal from the unaccountable European Union which attempted to annex Northern Ireland by stealth in the last one. The European Union would never give us a good deal – as they never wanted us to leave in the first place. 

We believe that the British Government is NOT here to serve the will of the Irish Republic, the EU27 or indeed its mainstream media supporters. The British Government are the servants of us,  its citizens. It is now time for the Government to honour its promises and deliver what we voted for: A complete withdrawal  from the shackles of the undemocratic European Union.

The politicians who were elected to serve the people must put the people first and must now repeal the European Communities Act immediately – and leave on our terms, so that the United Kingdom (as the fifth largest economy in the world), can freely trade and co-operate with the rest of the world – that includes the USA and the 90% of future Global Growth outside the failing EU.

Only UKIP offer the electorate a clear way forward for the entire United Kingdom.  Only a vote for UKIP can deliver the clean and clear Brexit we originally voted for. UKIP is the party that is standing up for the hard working men and women of this nation – in all corners of it.

By Robert Hill – UKIP Spokesman for Northern Ireland


Former Lagan Valley Parliamentary Candidate selected as Lisburn Council candidate

Former UKIP Lagan Valley Parliamentary Candidate selected as Council candidate in Lisburn

Former UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Lagan Valley, Alan Love has been selected by the party as its candidate for the May Local Government Elections in the Lisburn North DEA.

Commenting on his selection, Mr Love (a Retired Environmental Chemist and long-serving party representative & activist) said:

“I am delighted to have been selected by the party to contest the forthcoming council elections and I welcome this opportunity to again be able to offer the people of Lisburn the authentic party of Brexit, and a true alternative to the failing parties and politics locally. 

“In these times when many are struggling – and where MLAs are paid a full-time salary to go missing for two years; trust in politicians is at an all time low. People are now crying out for a voice. UKIP is up in the polls, membership has been been growing rapidly locally and nationally – and as we witness a political class attempting to cynically block the democratic will of 17.4 Million people – many rightly ask the question: Why should we support those that tell us one thing and do another.”

“UKIP will be contesting these council elections in Northern Ireland with a full range of policies to give the people a true patriotic voice:  Standing up for a Real Brexit, for freedom of speech, for local democracy, for the Union,  and standing up for the nation.”

Dear Extreme Remainers: Shutting down debate and critique is a very slippery slope

What a start to the New Year. The Parliamentry farce over our democratic vote to leave the EU continues. Some Remainers are still Intent on pushing through May’s treacherous withdrawal deal which is ultimately remain by another name. Others still are attempting to use the various machinations of Parliament to stop Brexit entirely –  now they want to use the police to shut down debate, critique and halt protests against their betrayal of the people.

Any of us that have put our head above the parapet and dared to speak out in favour of Brexit, a no deal, or spoken publicly against mass uncontrolled immigration  – or the many other problems facing our people have been labelled by the Labour supporting Antifa and their various cohorts as ‘far right extremists’ or ‘Nazis.’ The mainstream media not only allowed this slander to feature on the news for many years – they facilitated it in their studios without question.

When  Brexit supporting politicians or personalities were attacked verbally, harassed, intimidated, threatened – this was brushed under the carpet as ‘part and parcel of the rough and tumble of political debate.’ 

Now Anna Soubry – an extreme remainer who has devoted every single day since June 2016 to undermining the largest democratic decision in UK history is hit with the very same labels –  and remarkably, MPs backed by the Mainstream media start having a fit. They call for the police to silence opposition.  A simple message to remainers and their supporters would be: “If you can’t take these offensive insults, then you should stop using them or facilitating them.”

It cannot be one rule for one side and a totally different set of rules for another. UKIP Spokesmen and Brexiteers across the nation have endured this for years – and the people have increasingly awoken to the truth and know who the true dictators and betrayers are.

The extreme remainers who wish to block our EU Exit clearly don’t grasp or understand how important respecting democracy is. If you continually attack democracy, you will obviously be protested against or critiqued. Once you use the apparatus of the state to start silencing that, it is a very slippery slope!

Robert Hill – UKIP spokesman for Northern Ireland 

We were never going to get a good deal, walk away #ForTheUnion & #ForTheNation

Commenting on the current state of play with the Betrayal deal and on a week in which our Prime Minister has looked ridiculous on a world stage, UKIP Spokesman for Northern Ireland, Robert Hill said:

                    
“Earlier this week, ‘Treason May’ just about survived the vote of no confidence in her leadership by conning her lackeys into believing that she could get some concessions from Europe.
          
“Sadly her latest deception has worked for her personally once more –  and the power hungry job preservers  in her party have willingly accepted her latest list of hollow promises, rather than risk their jobs and save our country.
             
“The European elite have made it abundantly clear ever since the referendum in 2016 that they will ‘negotiate’ a deal, and whatever deal was eventually concocted between them and our Government would be the final one on offer. Even with the embarrassing spectacle of our Prime Minister in Brussels begging for scraps,  they made it clear -there will be no meaningful alterations and no new renegotiations.
            
“NOTHING NEW will be added to the deal already offered apart from some meaningless words. No legal guarantees to put an end to the shameful Northern Ireland backstop which threatens our Union and nothing about stopping this nation from being forever trapped inside a customs area that we voted to leave.  I do wonder why are some so shocked? UKIP has been consistently warning throughout this protracted saga that we were never going to get a decent deal for this nation from Brussels. Why would they give us anything that benefits us long-term – when we voted to leave their club.”
           
Commenting further, Robert added:

           
“Once again, our mainstream parties and politicians have put money and position before voters and country. To those that are still putting statements out saying a better deal is possible, I say – open your eyes. Only walking away completely is honouring the referendum result.  
                    
 
Patriots across the United Kingdom who put this country first should join the only true party devoted to serving the electorate and delivering the true and complete Brexit that 17.4 Million people voted for.
       
“The political class continue to betray us. The out of touch parties are packed full of careerists and those who put self-preservation before the people. The backstop and any agreement which traps us forever more inside a customs union, paying billions for the privilege should not be an option for any true Unionist or Patriot that cares about the future of this country. We didn’t vote to become a slave state!
                 
“The United Kingdom’s only serious option is to walk away without a dodgy EU Deal. We should leave in March and then trade and co-operate on a global scale with other major nations on our terms, not the EU’s terms.  Only one party in the United Kingdom is committed to doing that and to actually honouring the wishes of the people.”
        
The UK will not be divided and we are not for sale.
Support, Vote and Join UKIP in this fight for the nation!

UKIP is the patriotic alternative – those who can’t take the heat of battle won’t be missed

It is always sad when members leave a party – but regrettably in politics, there will always be those who put personal motivations, agendas or self-interest before the cause, their party and indeed – their Country. I would contend that we will become stronger and more United without them.

While the people – especially here in Northern Ireland, face the biggest betrayal in living memory, those that can’t take the heat of battle retreat and they run away from the challenge.

The true patriots of UKIP will not shy away or disregard their duties in the fight for freedom and independence – to save this great nation. Everything else should come secondary to the fight for our nation. If there are those who cannot put posturing aside for this cause, then it’s best that they exit the scene.

Despite what the mainstream media detractors say – UKIP is a strong, growing and thriving grassroots party once more – with over 26,000 hard-working and dedicated members and activists; (a number which is growing.) This has been building daily since Gerard Batten took over and the traction we are gaining is obvious for all to see. UKIP is back as a genuine alternative for people. In February, this party had nearly been killed off. No longer.

UKIP will continue to lead the fight in all corners of our United Kingdom to stop ‘Treason’ May from selling us out to her E.U. masters. We will continue to face down those childish detractors who throw false labels – and we will speak up loudly and freely about the realities of this society. Whilst doing so, we will offer the people a common-sense alternative to that which has let them down.

UKIP is the only true party of Brexit, it’s the only real alternative and it’s the one party standing up for the patriotic working people in all parts of the nation.

Only UKIP can deliver what millions voted for: A complete and irreversible exit from the unaccountable E.U.

Support UKIP, Join UKIP, Vote UKIP.

By Robert Hill
UKIP Spokesman for Northern Ireland

This is a fight #ForTheNation and our Union

Commenting on the jubilation evident amongst rem​ainers and Irish Republicans on the airwaves, UKIP Spokesman for Northern Ireland – Robert Hill said:

“The latest jubilant gloating of the Republican cabal of SDLP / Alliance and Greens led by the nose by their Sinn Fein masters – and falsely claiming to speak for the majority in Northern Ireland is wrong and it is totally misguided.

“Thanks to Mrs. May’s (not really leaving the EU) betrayal agreement – they believe that they have won –  and that by pushing their European overlords into creating an never-ending transition period, and with barriers and an economic border between Northern Ireland and the rest of this nation, they are now closer than ever to their end-goal of a United Ireland.

“Well I have news for them, and the Government of the Irish Republic : We have not and have no intention of ever going away.”

Commenting further, Robert added:

“The gloating remainers have seriously underestimated the will of 17.4 Million Brexiteers and the many, many true Unionists not only here in Northern Ireland but throughout our great United Kingdom. We voted for our freedom because we believe in the strength of a truly Independent, sovereign and United Kingdom. We will not be denied.

“UKIP will continue to fight as the only authentic voice of Brexit  and the true party of the Union – in all corners of it. Now is the time to join us, support us, and vote for us in this fight for the nation.

UKIP for the Union!

Sinn Fein’s Remembrance day snub unsurprising – history doesn’t forget

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Commenting on Sinn Fein’s refusal to attend events this Remembrance Day,       

UKIP Spokesman for Northern Ireland, Robert Hill said: 

“I know this will be a relief to many veterans who are fed up to their back-teeth of the hypocrisy from this party.   It will be a long time, if ever –  before the actions of their Provisional wing will be forgotten.

“The IRA’s relentless attacks on the security forces, their barbaric and indiscriminate attacks on members of the public and their cowardly and murderous attack on the Enniskillen cenotaph on Remembrance Day –  among many more atrocities are still fresh in many of our memories.

“Sinn Fein claim that they do not want pictured with anyone in uniform. Well I can assure them –  they would find it almost impossible to find anyone in uniform who would would want to be pictured with them.  Putting designer suits on terrorists does not change the bitterness, hatred and evil inside them.”

Commenting further, Robert added:

“This party has finally proven to the world once again that their actions to date were just a carefully managed sham to keep them in their plush Government jobs – to keep the money flowing into their bank accounts.  They care nothing for the sacrifice paid by so many over the years and their absence from these ceremonies will be welcome news for many.”

NI Emergency Department figures alarming – action needed now

 

The latest figures released on Northern Ireland Emergency Departments waiting lists are alarming, especially as they relate to a mild time of year. 

  

Commenting, UKIP Spokesman for Northern Ireland, Robert Hill said:
 

“While our MLAs continue to coin it in whilst enjoying their two year, work-free, paid holiday – families suffer the indignity of longer and longer waiting times to be treated and or admitted to hospital and our already overworked front-line medical staff are put under more and more stress.

  
“Despite clear guidelines stating that no-one should have to wait more than 12 hours, 1,716 patients in Northern Ireland suffered this hardship in September. 
This figure is almost double the 919 over the same period last year.”

    
“As we enter the colder seasons, these figures are sure to rise and the most vulnerable in society will surely bear the brunt of it.”

  

Commenting further, Robert added:

   

“No-one apart from our inept and self-serving politicians are to blame for this and every other crisis and scandal that has defined Stormont in recent years.

    
“This further proves that their warped system of Legislative Devolution has failed the people big time and the public have lost faith in these politicians.”

     
“We need action from H.M. Government – not words or kicking the can further down the road. 
Return us to direct rule immediately so that these vitally important decisions can be taken by politicians, not unelected and unaccountable senior civil servants who didn’t sign up to make key decisions in the first place.

      
“This must happen now if we want to save our wonderful health service and the dignity of our families.”

Solutions there if there’s a willingness from the Irish to find them

On this island where the art of compromise is perfected and practised with exacting expertise: Why does Brexit cause the southern Irish so much grief?   If one accepts the validity and legitimacy of the ballot box, we (the entirety of the United Kingdom) voted to leave the European Union.  I hear the siren calls for a second referendum ‘because Northern Ireland voted to remain it should stay in the E.U.’   Stretching the corollary of that nonsense:  My constituency of Strangford voted to leave. There would be a marked switch in opinion if we were to be sub-divided with leaver constituencies exiting the E.U. –  and remainers staying. A new partition drawn up on Brexit lines isn’t on.

It’s at this point when Northern Irelanders must stop, think and take stock of where this percolating resistance to Brexit might land us. Further down the line I offer a serious suggestion for consideration by Mr. Varadkar.

But first,  allow me to grab your attention. I have deep concerns about how we will end up in the aftermath of Brexit. It’s dangerous to go there as an afterthought. We are for sure leaving the E. U.  –  but we are leaving scattered around acrimonious bitterness piled high. Me too;   I have made –  and even in this piece make some jaw jangling comments reeling from nationalist aggression,  throwing the kitchen sink at unionists over Brexit.

Leaving the E.U. will not impair continued peace, it does not impact on the Belfast Agreement, nor will it facilitate calls for an early plebiscite on Irish unity. Predictably,  the unionist reaction to such facile threats and bullying by the Irish is to circle its wagons around self-preservation and protectionism. So when I ask to stop, think and take stock:  I respectfully suggest that outsiders like Simon Coveney do likewise.  There is always a villain of the peace,  and the Foreign Affairs Minister (with emphasis on foreign) plays his part with consummate ease .

From a unionist perspective – it would be so refreshing instead of berating the British on how the border must be managed, to hear Mr. Coveney spell out precisely what level of checks, controls and patrols his government will put into place as a consequence of Brexit?   Is it that they do not believe – or do not want to believe that shared technology is capable of outwitting their kidology?   If Mr. Coveney genuinely desires (as unionism does) to trade freely across this island – without creating barriers and to see co-operation between our police and security forces:  Then lets get on with perfecting the art of compromise to our peoples mutual benefit.

A few days ago – I put this suggestion to my good friend Nigel Farage MEP  – How would it work if the Irish asked for an E.U. dispensation to agree a special status in the island of Ireland to trade internally with Northern Ireland (i.e. special status given to Dublin purely for cross-border trade and traffic.)  He replied immediately by text: “The W.T.O. could help with that on the grounds of political sensitivity. The E.U. will give no dispensation.”

Now isn’t it alarming that with Nigel’s wealth of experience in E.U. affairs, in his judgement –  the E.U. would give ‘no dispensation’. But isn’t it very interesting that he says the E.U. ‘should’ give dispensation.    My suggestion is all and only about an inter-island trade agreement –  with no need for a customs union or backstop(s) –  just basic, practical common sense.   They (the Irish Republic) stay in the E.U. and we (Northern Ireland) stay in the U.K. (and UK Internal Market, with no barriers between any part of the U.K.) –  we remain friendly, and we work to boost our separate economies .

Not once since or before Brexit have the Southern Irish Government pursued a creative solution to resolve the intractable so called Irish border. Heaven forbid that they have forgotten its British on the other side. Well how about it Mr. Varadkar –  make a call to Mrs. May, and ask her to support a plan for E.U. dispensation to operate a special-status trading agreement with Northern Ireland.  She is unlikely to refuse!

Opinion Piece by David McNarry
(Former UKIP MLA and Leader in Northern Ireland.)