The House of Lords Economic Committee’s report says that the government has no convincing case for the £50bn rail link project.
“Hooray for this report which echoes what UKIP has been saying for years – HS2 is a white elephant vanity scheme, which we can neither afford and definitely do not need or want,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy party leader.
“They say there are less expensive options, which is also what UKIP has always argued. This scheme will not benefit the North West, only London.
“Interestingly they say that the government has not carried out a proper assessment of whether alternate ways of increasing capacity are more cost effective. That is no surprise as what is never officially admitted is that EU “harmonisation” lies behind the venture.
“We have the HS2 project because the EU believes we should do so. In 2002 the EU took the British government to court because of failing to fulfil our obligations under the Trans-European Rail System Directive and now we have the HS2 project.
“UKIP says no to HS2 and I am delighted, though not optimistic that it will make any difference, that the Peers also want to see it hit the buffers,” said Mr Nuttall.