Here is my latest column from the Midweek Sport:
Demands for Britain to hand over an extra €2.1bn to the EU budget have been described by UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall as “an outrage”.
The one-off payment due by December 1 has been ordered to compensate for the UK economy performing better than other EU countries since 1995,. Details of the extra bill, drawn up by EU officials, have been revealed in a leaked Brussels document
“David Cameron is said to be determined to challenge this additional fee that he has been ambushed with but how many times have we seen him promising to fight EU decisions and losing?
“It is an outrage that the EU can simply alter the goal posts so they can stuff yet more money into their capacious coffers. The EU is like a thirsty vampire feasting on UK taxpayers’ blood and before they drain us totally dry we must escape their clutches,” said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP.
The surcharge stems from the EU changing the way it calculates gross national income to include more hidden elements such as prostitution and illegal drugs.
Their officials say the calculation reflects the longstanding practice of adjusting contributions of countries according to their pace of growth.
The UK faces the biggest top-up payment and the surcharge comes on top of the net UK contribution to the EU budget, which was £8.6bn in 2013. It is expected the Netherlands will have to pay an extra €642m, while Germany is due to receive a rebate of €779m, France €1bn and Poland €316m.
Local MEP Paul Nuttall has voted against the new European Commission and pointed out that it is “an anti-democratic form of government.”
The new European Commissioners were introduced today to the European Parliament but along with his UKIP colleagues Mr Nuttall voted against them.
“This was not on a personal level against the Commissioners but because it it is not a democratic form of government,” he explained.
“Interestingly despite all his anti-EU rhetoric David Cameron’s Tory MEPs covered all the bases, with some abstaining, some for and some against. In reality the Conservatives have no intention of shaking the EU tree.
“What worries me is that the general public don’t understand what the European Commission really is. It is the executive, it is the Government of Europe and it has the sole right to propose legislation.
“It does so in consultation with 3,000 secret committees staffed mainly by big business and big capital and all the legislation is proposed in secret. And once something becomes a European law, it is the European Commission that has the sole right to propose repeal or change of that legislation.”
“The means by which the European Commission is the law maker goes against the concept of democracy because there is nothing the electorate can do to change a single piece of European law,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy party leader.
I am glad to announce that the EFDD group has been reformed. See press release HERE.
UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall has described claims by Jose Manuel Barroso that Britain would have ‘zero’ influence if it voted to leave the EU, as demonstrating the Commission’s bullying attitude.
“He is determined to have a dig at the UK before he stands down as the European Commission president as they regard us as just another member state to run rough-shod over.
“It is untrue that we could not negotiate with the US and China “on an equal footing” on our own and it would mean that we would be free to have our own trade deals with other countries, which we are unable to while members of the EU,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy party leader.
“However he is being frank when he talks of free movement of people within the EU being an essential principle that could not be changed. That is what UKIP has been pointing out for a long time and why the solution is for Britain to leave.
“David Cameron’s latest pledge about the EU and having ‘one last go’ at re-negotiating the rules are just sound bites. He knows quite well re-negotiation is not feasible,” said Mr Nuttall, Euro-MP for the North West.
I will be speaking at the 2014 UKIP North West Conference on November 8th – you can get your tickets here:
Read my article about this subject HERE
• European Parliament, Brussels, 01 October 2014
• Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group
http://www.paulnuttallmep.com | @paulnuttallukip
• Hearing of Commissioner designate: Marianne Thyssen
– Portfolio: Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
– Responsible committee: EMPL (Employment and Social Affairs)
– Associated committee: CULT (Culture and Education), FEMM (Women’s Rights and Gender Equality)
• Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)
UKIP is in favour of free trade, and wants the UK to trade globally.
The EU is not a free trade area but a Customs Union which prevents member states from signing their own trade agreements.
When the UK leaves the EU it will be able to sign its own trade agreements and be a full voting member of the WTO, rather than having its policy decided by the EU.
It should be the UK rather than the EU making free trade deals, so though a matter under discussion at present before we know full details of TTIP, UKIP MEPs will be meeting soon to examine this important issue.
Following on from UKIP Health Spokesman Louise Bours conference presentation, UKIP confirm that they will fight to exclude the NHS from inclusion within the TTIP agreement.