Reject EU Military integration

The majority of EU nation states are preparing to sign up for enhanced military integration on Monday. UKIP is demanding that the government withholds its signature on the agreement called Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).

Henry Bolton, the UKIP leader said, “The EU is dictating to Britain again. “Give us your military, your money and remain subordinate to the EU Courts and then we might, perhaps, talk about trade. So, that deal is better than no deal is it?

“The scandal is that, from what we understand, the Government is preparing to submit to blackmail and commit our armed forces and defence procurement to the control of the European Union.

“The government has a mandate from 17.4m people to take us out of the EU, but instead the Conservatives are planning to commit the UK to even greater military integration with the EU. Let me be unambiguously clear, PESCO is not about cooperation, which we do already work towards bi-laterally and within NATO, but it is about integration.

“I’m calling for cooperation, not integration and subordination our the EU.

“This Tory government is determined to sell our sovereign military capability down the river to save money and do a deal with a Brussels. It is an outrage, particularly at this time of year when are thoughts and prayers are with those hundreds of thousands who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep these islands free”.

Bolton continued, “The Government are telling us that “No final decisions have yet been made about whether the UK will participate in Pesco”. Yet the decision has to be made this Monday. You would have thought they would have made up their mind by now. It is clear that Theresa May’s government intends slip this in without anyone noticing. If they do, I, my party and the country will never forgive them.

“If the government signs into PESCO, it will be proof positive that their intent is to achieve BrexINO, Brexit in name only”

Help Stop The Great Brexit Betrayal of our Fishing Communities

In our update yesterday, we gave details of a press release by our Assistant Deputy Leader, Mike Hookem MEP. You can see the full release below.

Mike has been working tirelessly to support out beleaguered fishing communities and now,  those communities have received another slap in the face after George Eustice announced in the House of Commons that ‘technical measures’ of the Common Fisheries Policy will be included in Theresa May’s flagship Repeal Bill.


Mike will continue to give his full commitment to supporting our fishing communities, to ensure they get the 200-mile exclusive economic zone that we are entitled to under international law

This petition has been launched specifically to force the Government to remove fisheries from Theresa May’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’,

Play your part now in helping to give our fishing communities the future they deserve. Sign the petition below  and encourage anybody you can to do the same thing. If we achieve 100,000 signatures then the Government have to consider the petition for debate. Let’s get them dancing to our tune again!

Sign the petition by following this link:

We must stop the betrayal of Brexit

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.

“Throughout the referendum, the fishing community of Great Britain was one of the loudest voices in the Leave camp, as they have seen first-hand how disastrous EU policy can be to our country.

“The fishing communities simply want the right to make a living through reclaiming the 200-mile exclusive economic zone we are entitled to under international law and repatriating the 70% of the total allowable catch in British waters that are currently taken by EU vessels.

“I for one will support our fishing communities all the way, as I believe, post-Brexit we can achieve the £6.3 Billion boost to the UK economy that the fishing industry is estimated to be worth.

“Fishing means skilled jobs; income into coastal communities; and a huge boost to the national economy.

“However, by taking the CFP into British law using the Great Repeal Bill, the Tories risk handing the EU the opportunity to take the UK to court under the Vienna Convention, citing continuity of rights in the post-transition era.

“This Brexit betrayal must not be allowed to happen, and I urge the whole country to get behind our fishing communities and sign my petition.”

Money to foreign criminals

In handing out money to foreign criminals we must be mad

The handing of compensation to a Somali career criminal has been slamed by UKIP as an example of how our system is being systematically abused . Worse it is us who are allowing this to happen.

A Somali Criminal has been handed £78,500 in compensation for the attempt to deport him. Abdulrahman Mohammed has 13 previous custodial sentences.

Peter Jewell, the UKIP Justice spokesman said,

“The sentence Judge Mr Edward Pepperall QC was right in his sentencing remarks that Abdulrahman had abused the hospitality of the this country and that he was a violent Criminal and he could well understand why the Home Secretary would try to deport him.

“However again we have been bound by the European Court that cited that the deteriorating situation in Somalia might be prejudicial to his safety and that he could not be removed. So do not blame the judge he interpreted the law absolutely correctly, it the law that is an ass. At least the Home secretary tried but did not have the gumption to change the law first. Mind you Labour’s Ms Abbott might have given him a house and £178,000 and the Liberals would have done that and a holiday.

“UKIP would change the law so that illegal immigrants would be immediately deported and criminals the same day. This £78,000 will be paid for with yours  and my tax money, but I would want that money to go into health, education and the elderly, let’s look after the British first, together with the foreigners who are working here legally to assist with our economy.”


We Need To Unite To Fight For A Clean Brexit

IT has certainly been a busy few months for all of us in UKIP as we seek to keep the Government focused on a clean Brexit – a Brexit, after all, the people voted for last year.

In September, after the leadership election, I was delighted to be asked by the new leader Henry Bolton to be his deputy.

I said on my appointment it was


time for everyone in UKIP to pull together and drive the party forward over the next few months.

I will, of course, continue my work as an MEP in the East Midlands, to ensure a clean Brexit and to fight for what is best for the country. I will also be working closely with our new leader and his team over the next 18 months or so – a crucial period which will help shape the future of the UK.

In my new role, (and with my new portfolio as spokesperson on aid and international development), it is imperative I help work towards unity within the party as we move towards March, 2019.

As Henry himself said, UKIP has a moral obligation to hold the Government to account for taking us out of the European Un


Clear and decisive leadership is crucial and we shall deliver it. It is urgent that we work on projecting our party firmly and decisively with the purpose of securing our nation’s interests through Brexit and beyond.

We must make sure everyone in our party – from volunteers to senior party figures – has a crucial role in the ongoing fight to keep Mrs May’s Government held to account.

It is also clear that we must continue to refute the claims of the ‘Remainers’. I make a point in my media appearances, letters, press releases and radio and television interviews to illustrate that far from disappearing over a cliff, our economic prospects are growing since the Referendum

Indeed, the respected IHS Markit/CIPS manufacturing survey released just last week showed that for the 15th month in succession th

e manufacturing sector has grown.

We need to make sure the people of this country are aware of these figures and surveys – it is NOT doom and gloom.

Wages up: Jobs up. More good news for Brexit Britain













Andrew Charalambous, the Party’s Employment Spokesman responding to the recent report of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said that “UKIP are clearly the only Party that still believes in Britain. We will never talk Britain down. This report contains much promising news for British workers. Brexit is improving the wages across the board for the working people of the country”

UKIP have always maintained that the establishment’s negative attitude towards Brexit will do more harm to the economy than any change in fundamentals caused by the Brexit process itself.

Charalambous added “growth in permanent staff placements remained robust at the start of the final quarter of 2017. Staff vacancies rose sharply for both permanent and temporary employment during October according to the report, but the reports authors have attempted to play down the results making out that such things are bad, they are not. They would prefer to believe their anti-Brexit prejudice than the results of their own survey.

It is no wonder British people are dismayed with the way the Tory government is handling Brexit. Charalambous went on to say “It is clear that even when there is good news there are those who are desperate to pretend that it is bad”.

EU Exit means leaving single market- so called democrats in NI should accept that #leavemeansleave


The NI Secretary of State was in Brussels (as part of a Government delegation) to meet EU figures today. During the trip, he stated the obvious,  that “we joined the Common Market in 1973 as one United Kingdom and we will leave the European Union in 2019 as one United Kingdom. As the Prime Minister has made clear, leaving the EU will mean that we leave both the single market and the customs union.” 

Much to the disappointment of some delusional politicians and old parties locally, this does still mean that we are leaving the single market.

It’s quite remarkable that almost eighteen months after the majority of people across the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, some are still unable and unwilling to accept this democratic vote. Northern Ireland, like England, Scotland and Wales are part of the United Kingdom  (another statement of fact that some local parties have trouble coming to terms with..)   

The majority within the UK voted to leave. Leave means OUT of the Parliament, the Union, the institutions, the European Courts and yes – the Single Market and customs union.

The referendum is long over: It’s a settled issue. Perhaps the overpaid, non-legislating legislators within some the old local parties should be more concerned about the fact that they have failed miserably to perform their most basic of duties. They’ve been unable to set a regional rate, pass a Northern Ireland budget or govern in the interests of all people in Northern Ireland.

While UKIP firmly believes that the Government needs to get its act together sharpish regarding our exit from the European Union  – and we will continue to strongly argue locally and nationally that this exit should be as soon as possible; the Secretary of State’s comments today are welcome.

Leave means leave!



Withdrawal from ECHR critical to protect our physical and financial security

Court cases lodged by ISIS, or families of terrorists, risk spiralling into international legal warfare, unless the UK immediately withdraws from the European Court of Human Rights.

In the past week, British taxpayers are being stung for potentially millions of pounds, in lawsuits filed one of soldier Lee Rigby’s murderers, as well as the parents of British-born ISIS terrorist named “Jack”. Jack, who converted to Islam and travelled to the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, is thought to have been captured by Kurdish militia during 2017.

Richard Bingley, UKIP Spokesperson for Terrorism and Cyber Security said:

“It is documented in ISIS terror training guides that a major way to sap the morale of their enemy (i.e. us) is to exploit and choke-up our legal system.

“From their point of view, these tactics cost us lots of money and police time. But also, more vitally, they are designed to drag on for years, and deteriorate our confidence and resolve.

The longer uncertainty lasts, the more human beings tend to over-analyse and destroy something. It’s classic psychological warfare. They know it. Our military and intelligence agencies know it.

“Our government should reject any attempt to accommodate ISIS terrorists, or their supporting infrastructure, within our British legal system.

“This is something our MPs can fix. But the problem worsens when these individuals lose cases and can successfully apply to the ECHR, which has a keen track-record of backing compensation claims by terrorists and their families. We need to withdraw from ECHR, for our own physical and financial security.”

Common Fisheries Policy

Stop the Common Fisheries Policy being adopted into UK law post-Brexit.

I am today calling on the Government to make the fishing industry a stand-alone entity, outside of the ‘Great Repeal Bill,’ after George Eustice revealed the Government will adopt the ‘technical measures’ of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) into UK law on our leaving the EU, using Theresa May’s so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill.”

On the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, Britain can leave the CFP and reclaim its 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) under international law (UNCLOS).

Adopting UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) would allow total UK control over access; the setting of quota; fisheries management, and fishing systems; rather than blindly following the terms dictated to us by Brussels.

However, adopting the CFP into UK law for transitional purposes not only allows continued access for EU vessels into UK waters but also opens the possibility for the EU taking legal action, claiming, ‘continuity of rights.’

Therefore, if we are to have a fishing industry post-Brexit, keeping the terms of the CFP in place is not an option!

+++ Please share this petition as far and wide as possible. The Conservatives are betraying the Fishing industry for a second time by adopting the CFP over the rights we have under international law. We need your help to stop this betrayal! +++

Stormont: End Game?

Stormont: End Game?


While some in the media and elsewhere hold out the faintest of hopes that the Stormont Assembly and Executive are somehow restored (unchanged) at the end of another protracted secret round of negotiations; reality has dawned for most – and it is looking likely that Stormont (in its current format at least) is doomed.

Regrettably, our ‘legislators’ have proven time and time again that they are incapable of workable, transparent, long-term governance in the interests of those they represent. Even if they were capable; they would be hamstrung by a system of Government that isn’t fit for purpose in this day and age.

Since the ultimately flawed Belfast Agreement was signed, there have been a number of various agreements signed off between the larger parties, each one changing the previous  in some shape or form.  There were trade-offs, add-ons and none of these deals were  ever put out for public consultation.  In truth, we have no real idea of what has been agreed along the way. 

The last referendum on any Agreement here was in 1998 and much has changed since then. It’s obvious that we’ve outgrown the institutions that resulted from that negotiation period and  referendum.

Looking at the almost twenty years of on – off ‘Government’ since; it is clear that Legislative devolution in its current guise has ultimately failed us. We have been served years of stop & start, carve-up politics (rife with a whiff of scandal and stuntery.)

The current mandatory model at Stormont was spawned from agreements signed at a different time. In future, if we’re to return to a form of devolved Government, it should be a  voluntary model that looks towards localism and focuses on locally specific needs and requirements. Additionally, there needs to be a referendum on all future agreements. The people of Northern Ireland deserve to  have a say in future arrangements.

For now, it looks like the Secretary of State will be setting a budget for Northern Ireland over the course of the next week to ten days. Whether the old parties admit this or not; it is Direct Rule in all but name. The one fundamental difference being, our non-legislating legislators will continue to be paid.

A question that many will soon be asking is: How long must we tolerate paying the salaries and expenses for “MLAs in name only.” If they aren’t legislating and they aren’t representing constituents in the Chamber at Parliament Buildings; why should we still be picking up the tab?

Why should failure to govern properly in the interests of the people be rewarded with large salaries for little work?  Couldn’t that money be invested elsewhere? If Stormont is hurtling towards the end-game of its current lifespan, then surely the gravy train should be brought to a halt.

Killer Road, But Not Everywhere

Travelling to the North Coast, or West can sometimes be an eyeopener. New roads now appear where there previously lay poor, ageing, inadequate and at times dangerous stretches.  Money has been well invested providing modern, driver friendly and safer roads. (In the case of the image above,  just north of Ballymena.)

Contrast this offering with what exists today on the killer road: The A2 Bangor – Belfast dual carriageway. This road has born witness to many fatal accidents that have sadly claimed numerous lives over the years. In addition to these accidents, there are also non-fatal collisions, where lives are ruined immeasurably through consequent injury.

Bizarrely, it would appear that the political representatives for North Down are content with this situation –  on a road carrying 40,000 people on a daily basis.

Is this an an acceptable level of death and injury to them? What else could account for their inaction?  Instead, local politicians seem to be content with ‘tinkering at the edges’ on an ongoing basis. To date, this tinkering hasn’t cut the toll of death and injury.

Commuters to and from North Down require a road akin to the state of the art and driver safe models provided elsewhere in Northern Ireland; in areas that don’t have the same level of daily traffic as the A2. Locals could be forgiven for feeling that they’ve been short-changed in road provision. It’s a situation that must be addressed.