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Will Turkey dominate EU?

Will Turkey dominate EU?

Apr 28, 2016

Down the Path of Madness towards a Turkish-dominated EU – UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall   • European Parliament, Brussels, 28 April 2016 • Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group –@paulnuttallukip – Bluecard question: José Inácio FARIA MEP (Portugal), Liberal group (ALDE) • Debate: Legal aspects, democratic control and implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement Council and Commission statements [2016/2666(RSP)] Transcript:First of all we all agree that something has to be done about the migrant crisis. The scale of the numbers coming this year will no doubt reach Biblical proportions.   However, were I fundamentally disagree with you all is making such a multi-billion pound deal with a country like Turkey. Now let’s look at Turkey: It is country that is barely democratic, where free speech is increasingly attacked. It is a country that has a disgraceful human rights record. A country that is accused of aiding and abetting Islamic State and it is a country that is going through the process of creeping Islamification. Turkey is also not geographically European. Only 3% of Turkey actually falls within Europe and it borders with places that clearly want to harm us Syria; Iraq and Iran. So you would think we would run a mile, but NO, part of this deal includes an agreement to quicken up Turkish accession to the European Union. Now I remember at a press conference in 2007 sitting there in disbelief when the then President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso spoke about the EU as the ‘first non-imperial Empire’ well this deal simply reinforces that perception. If Turkey does eventually join the European Union – and it is position supported by every other British political part- then I believe it will be a disaster. Indeed by the time Turkey joins it will have the largest population in Europe and it is predicted that within the first ten years of being a member 15 million Turks will drift West. That will alter the balance of power within the EU, not only economically but also culturally. At present we often complain about a German dominated Europe, but if we continue...

Brexit and the future of UKIP

Brexit and the future of UKIP

Apr 25, 2016

A recent interview with Paul Nuttall MEP in which he discusses Brexit, the EU referendum campaign and the future of UKIP: Follow Paul on Twitter:...

Postal vote open to abuse

Postal vote open to abuse

Apr 25, 2016

POSTAL VOTING IS OPEN TO CORRUPTION AND NEEDS REFORM, SAYS MEP PAUL NUTTALL Postal voting is open to widespread misuse and even corruption and is in urgent need of reform, says local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall. The Euro-MP today (MON) publishes a paper highlighting numerous examples of where postal voting has been used illicitly. Mr Nuttall, UKIP Deputy Leader, wants to amend the Representation of the People Act 2000 by scrapping the inclusion of postal voting “on demand”. His call comes as people choosing to vote via post rather than polling station have started to receive their postal voting ballots for next month’s plethora of elections. In his paper, published by the UKIP Parliamentary Resource Unit, Mr Nuttall points to recent postal voting anomalies in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Wythenshawe and Sale East, Peterborough, Burnley, Blackburn and Birmingham, as examples of how postal voting on demand has perverted the democratic process. They, he says, are “just the tip of the iceberg”. Mr Nuttall said: “I felt I had to write this paper following what I witnessed at the Oldham West and Royton by election where boxes containing postal votes were almost unanimously in support of one particular party. I knew then that something was rotten in our system.    “I believe postal voting needs to return to its origins – allowing those who are genuinely infirm and housebound, or perhaps abroad serving in the armed forces, to have their say at the ballot box. “What we have the moment, thanks to the Labour party for whom it serves best, is a system where anyone can demand to be allowed a postal vote rather than visit a polling station. “This means that some households can have all their votes decided by one person, regardless of an individual’s own personal political persuasions.  “In my paper I’ve highlighted recorded incidents of postal voting abuse in a diverse number of places which I believe are just the tip of the iceberg.” In his paper, Mr Nuttall concludes: “UKIP would amend the Representation of the People Act 2000 and do away with the ludicrous system that allows postal voting ‘on demand’. “This would go a long way...

EU army on its way?

EU army on its way?

Apr 22, 2016

Dear Editor, Jean Claude Juncker’s recent admission that the EU meddles and interferes too much in peoples lives smacks of talking with forked tongue. He is and always will be an arch- federalist determined to push forward full integration of all 28 member states to form a United States of Europe, ruled by one government. It already has a flag, an anthem and a parliament and their next step will be an army. That process has already started.  Last month the Dutch 43rd Brigade came under the command of the German 1st Armoured Division, this follows the Dutch 11th Airmobile Division coming under German command last year. Furthermore, there are plans to merge their two navies, and the Czech Republic wants its army to become part of Germany’s. Yet it is being denied by our PM David Cameron.   The German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leye has declared that the EU`s long term aim is to create an EU army. If we vote to remain we will be dragged into it regardless of what Cameron says.   Yours sincerely Philip Griffiths, North West President...

True cost of migration

True cost of migration

Apr 18, 2016

Migration costs the NHS far more than we ever knew Published Apr 18, 2016 Revelations that EU citizens don’t have to prove who they are before receiving free treatment on the NHS shows just how much the National Health Service has become the International Health Service, according to UKIP Health Spokesman, Louise Bours MEP. As the debate on whether the UK should leave or remain in the EU turns its attention to the NHS, a health minister has been forced to admit that GPs and hospitals must treat immigrants even if they do not produce an EU health card and refuse to provide any identification to show their entitlement. The news is a huge boost to those arguing the NHS is suffering as a result of the UK’s membership of the EU. Reacting to the government’s admission, Ms Bours said: “The government have tried to bury this bad news right from the start. “It wasn’t even in Cameron’s renegotiation attempts because he clearly didn’t want the public to know that while we are in the EU anyone and everyone can come here, get treatment funded by the UK taxpayer, and then go home again without contributing a single penny to the cost. “Doctors have been advised by the government not to ask if someone is entitled to treatment just in case it’s seen as being discriminatory, so basically, because of our arrangement with the EU anyone from anywhere in the world can come here and be treated at our expense. “It has to stop. This is our NHS, not Europe’s or any other continent’s, and the fact that Cameron didn’t include it in the renegotiation is all the proof we need that the only way we can ensure we British taxpayers get the NHS we need and deserve, is to leave the EU.” The admission came when a Euro-sceptic MP asked a Parliamentary Question about who can and cannot register for NHS treatment. Health minister Alistair Burt answered: “Anyone can seek to register as an NHS patient with a GP practice by approaching one directly and submitting a written and signed application. “A practice cannot legally refuse to register someone because they do not...