In an interview this morning for Radio 4's Today Programme, Nigel Farage MEP confirmed his belief that Britain does not need Europe for trade. He thinks that as the UK is the fourth largest economy in the world, that it should negotiate its own trade policies and have its own voice at the World Trade Organisation, which would help the Third World more than protectionist Europe.
His arguments are reiterated in the 2001 UKIP manifesto.
In the same interview, Farage claimed that 50 years of peace in Europe was due to NATO and not the European Union. But then UKIP believe that the integrity of NATO is being undermined bu the EU's new defence arrangements.
Source: BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Wednesday September 29th 2004, http://www.ukip.org/index.php?menu=manifesto&page=manifestotop