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.
Moves to ban smoking in public parks “are nonsense”, UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall has said today.
“What a gross infringement of people’s liberties and where will it end? There is already a rapidly diminishing number of places were people can smoke, which must go against the rights of personal freedom.
“I don’t want to encourage anyone, particularly children, to smoke but we live in a free society and banning smoking in public parks will make no difference to whether kids take up the habit or not.”
Mr Nuttall was speaking following support for such a ban by Sally Davies, chief medical officer in the wake of a report by former Labour minister Lord Darzi.
“The report has been commissioned in relation to London parks and as well as the parks it recommends a smoking ban in areas such as Trafalgar Square. Who on earth is going to enforce such an order?
“Will legions of jobsworths be marching through our parks and tourist sites or will more PCSO’s be taken on, at a time of budget cuts?
“It has been described as a blueprint for the whole country, which I regard as very worrying and as more unwanted nannying behaviour by those intent on restricting our personal freedoms.
“Smoking is in the gunsights today but with obesity now a massive problem in this country does it mean we will soon be banned from eating fast food in parks and public areas?” said Paul Nuttall, North West MEP.
“Our borders are frighteningly lax and it’s not just illegal immigrants coming in that cause major problems, but transmittable diseases.
“I fear it may only be a matter of time before there are Ebola cases in the UK and it is absolutely vital that there are stringent safeguards in place, not just questionnaires, to try to prevent it getting into our communities unchecked.
“But I also believe that we face problems caused by migrants with HIV and tuberculosis and they should be barred from long term stay.
“There are around 60 countries that currently bar people who are HIV-positive from entry, according to the United Nations, and we should follow suit” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.
“The cost of treating someone with HIV in the UK is estimated at around £18,000 per year, although this does vary depending on the type and number of drugs taken and the stage of the infection.
“Although we have sympathy for those with HIV/AIDS, people from abroad with life-threatening long term illnesses place an unacceptable burden on the taxpayer funded NHS and we all know the pressure it is under.
“We should introduce systems similar to those in Australia and Canada where long term admission is basically barred if migrants health conditions are considered a danger to public health or safety or would cause excessive demand on the health care system.
“Those are sensible measures. We are an overcrowded island and have a duty to protect those who live here,” he added.