The Home Office has revealed that it has lost track of over 600,000 foreign visitors to the UK; the same amount as the population of Belfast. UKIP Leader Gerard Batten is furious and calling on Home Secretary Amber Rudd to stand down over the debacle.
The Conservative Government has spent £800 million on a borders system designed to log every entry into and departure from the country. However, the immigration watchdog has revealed gigantic failures in the system.
David Bolt, the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, found that the exit check system was so unreliable that there were no departure records for more than 500,000 non-visa travellers including those from the US, Australia, Argentina and Brazil. Also, 88,000 non-EU citizens, whose visas typically last six months had disappeared. This is equivalent to around one in 20 people whose leave to be in the UK expired between 2015 and 2017.
UKIP Leader Gerard Batten commented on the report:
“The revelation that the Home Office has lost track of over 600,000 foreign visitors; enough people to fill the city of Belfast, is scandalous. £800 million of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on what is an utterly useless system.
“Successive British Governments have proved that they are either completely incompetent or really don’t care how many people stay illegally in the UK. Which is it?
“Mrs May was totally useless as Home Secretary and the current Home Secretary Amber Rudd is following in her footsteps. She should do the decent thing and resign as Home Secretary so that someone else can sort out this this scandalous mess.”
Wake up Brexiteers; the Irish / EU caucus are sleep walking the UK Government into a ‘New Ireland.’
Guess what? They are including Northern Ireland in their plan to bulldoze British soil smack bang into an all Ireland EU customs union.
When the Nation voted to take back control of our borders; it meant all of our borders. The trick in the slight of hand Irish are attempting is to summarily remove the only land border in the United Kingdom.
The political elite have shown an eager willingness to acquiesce in this dangerous backstop proposal. Never write again letters of controversial double talk implications Mrs. May. In fact, Mrs. Prime Minister – It would be appropriate that you write an open letter to the people of Northern Ireland withdrawing your December commitment to Donald Tusk.
Our Government have a duty to publicly denounce this backstop proposal.
The longer it remains on the table as the only proposition; the more Varadkar, the Irish and those who seek to break up this Union will agitate.
Brexiteers UK-wide must demand when the Government will produce a coherent alternative to the backstop nonsense. The Government will ignore at its peril denying the 320,579 Northern Irelanders who voted to leave the EU their right to be treated no different from any other part of this United Kingdom.
So come on the 44% here in Northern Ireland who voted leave: Let’s get Brexiting with a social media campaign driving home the compelling message that the border stays and it is going nowhere.
Opinion Piece By David McNarry (former UKIP MLA & NI Leader.)
UKIP fisheries spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has slammed new EU demands for continued fishing access to our waters after 2020, saying “the EU is holding the UK’s fishing grounds hostage.”
Mr Hookem’s comments came after the EU published new guidelines to future UK/EU trade talks, which state, “in the overall context of the FTA, existing reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources should be maintained.”
Speaking from his Yorkshire constituency, Mr Hookem said, “this latest EU demand is nothing more than an attempted daylight robbery of the UK’s rich fishing resources.”
Mr Hookem continued, “Unlike the British Government, the EU understands the true value of our fishing resources and are trying to blackmail Britain in allowing continued access after the transitional period ends in 2020.”
“Given Theresa May and David Davis’ track record so far in Brexit negotiations, I have no doubt that they will roll over and allow EU negotiators to walk all over them. However, for many in the fishing industry, this will be the final nail in the coffin.”
“Any move to allow the EU to continue stripping the UK’s rich fishing resources after 2020 will be the completion of a betrayal that started with Edward Heath in 1972; continued when the Tories allowed fishing to be included in the transitional arrangements; and will end with continued access post-2020.”
“When will Theresa May grow a pair and start to stand up for the United Kingdom and tell the EU to get lost.”
“Should the UK reclaim its full fishing rights under international law, the industry is worth at least £6.3billon to the British economy at today’s prices. The potential boost in income would help many struggling coastal communities and protect a historic industry that has been practised in Britain for millennia.”
As I predicted, the Tory Brexit deal, is destroying the Scottish Fishing industry, over this 2-year period. It seems that Lib Lab Con & the SNP all prefer the EU running our fishing grounds.
As the only pro-Brexit Scottish MEP, I will continue to fight, alone if necessary, for Scottish fishermen!
All those involved in the Brexit deal, claim they don’t want to see a hard border in Northern Ireland, so why is there any issue? If nobody wants it, then don’t do it!
The EU are playing dangerous & disingenuous games!
The continuation of free movement during the transition period due to the Brexit deal, not only ignores the voters of the UK, but it also smacks of a desire to flood the UK with migrants to change our voting demographic.
Just like Labour did in the not so distant past!
If there are no British MEP’s, then there should be NO Transitional period! Our taxes pay for this nonsense and taxation without representation is a dictatorship!
Britain cannot become a colony of Brussels, for 2 days, let alone 2 years, with Zero MEP’s or seats at the table!
Our unity may intimidate them, but it’s none of their business!
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”Keeping UK fishers tied to EU for another two years will kill the fishing industry” says UKIP fisheries spokesman.
UKIP fisheries spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has branded the Brexit transition deal a ”total betrayal,” saying, ”for fishermen there will be no Brexit, as the Tories have handed the EU even more power over their industry.”
Mr Hookem’s comments came after it was announced in a joint EU/UK press conference that the fishing industry would continue to be regulated by the EU throughout the transition period, with Britain only able to ‘consult’ on fishing rule changes.
Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said the deal ”was a worst case scenario for fishers and coastal communities.”
Mr Hookem continued, ”rather than regaining the fishing industry, as is our right under international law, May, Davis, and their weak cohorts have actually further weakened our ability to make policy in UK waters.”
”When the EU say they will allow consultation on fishing rules, we all know that means the UK will be totally ignored. It’s bad enough at the moment while we are still part of the EU!”
”The simple fact is, the Tories betrayed the fishing industry on the way into the EU, and totally shafted the same sector on the way out.”
”While I have no doubts that those earning millions in the city each year will be celebrating this deal, many struggling fishers will know that this deal could mean the end of the line for them and their communities.”
”I am now calling on fishermen across Great Britain to unite on mass and match on Downing Street to protest this betrayal!”
We expect you will all be aware of the rape grooming gangs that have been operating in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford, Telford and many other parts of the UK. The offenders are predominantly Muslim Pakistani men targeting non-Muslim girls and it has been going on for years. Lord Pearson of Rannoch (UKIP Leader Nov. 2009 – Sep. 2010) spoke in the House of Lords on Tuesday 13 March and described the situation as follows:
“… these girls are usually raped several times a day. If we accept the views of our lead police officer for child protection, of Rotherham’s MP and of the recent Jay and Quilliam reports, we are looking at millions of rapes of white and Sikh girls by Muslim men, only 222 of whom have been convicted since 2005.”
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Subject to these conditions, we will have to decide what to do with the data when we see what comes in, but in the first place we will want to get people talking about this issue so that they can overcome their fear of being denounced as “racist”.