Friday, June 17

This week in Brussels

UKIP's "work" this week centred on drumming up negative debate on the future financing of the EU and the ratification the EU constitution.
On Monday Nigel Farage, dismissed British attempts to defend the UK rebate as "insignificant" and a case of "throwing good money after bad."
These were strange words coming from a man committed to ending the apparent drain the EU represents to Britain's finances. It would seem from his sentiments that he has little regard for the rebate, used to correct the unfair distribution of EU money against Britain's interests.

On the future of the EU constitution, something which EU leaders have been at logger heads about in Brussels this week, UKIP's Jeffrey Titford stated that "[The French rejection] is a step in the right direction for those of us who believe that Europe's nations should be independent and self-governing,"
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw announced to the UK Parliament on 6 June that in the light of "no" votes, the second reading of the European Union Bill had been postponed, putting on hold plans for a referendum in the UK.
UKIP were quick to criticise the government for not letting the British people go to the ballot box on this issue sometime next year. UKIP Leader Roger Knapman said, "The whole history of Britain’s involvement in the European project has been one of preventing the electorate from making their voice heard."
Perhaps Mr Knapman needs reminding that he was key figure in the Tory party in the early nineties, which implemented a similar strategy, putting the ratification process of the Maastricht treaty on hold following a "no" vote in the Danish referendum.

Source: UKIP