EU accounts fail audit for 19th year in a row

EU accounts fail audit for 19th year in a row

"The EU's budget will always be mismanaged; the system and procedures are so complex that they are open to large-scale abuse and fraud,"writes UKIP's Jonathan Arnott MEP. "Far better, surely, not to send money to Brussels in the first place... European government does not work, will not work and can never work. "For the 19th year in a row, the EU's Court of Auditors has refused to give a clean bill of health to the EU's accounts for the year ending 31st December 2013. The EU's Court of Auditors registered an 'adverse opinion' about the legality and regularity of EU payments, blasting them as being "materially affected by error" - with almost €7 billion being paid out improperly.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 Written by: Jonathan Arnott Posted in: Press releases, Budgets , Newsroom, 2014, November

David Cameron's EU Referendum Bill collapses - UKIP responds

David Cameron's EU Referendum Bill collapses - UKIP responds

David Cameron's European Referendum Bill has failed following the lack of support from the Conservative Party's coalition partners the Liberal Democrats. Even if the Bill had somehow managed to make it past a second reading, it was likely to fail in the House of Lords due to the Labour Party's refusal to support an EU referendum, and even then, it is well recognised that a parliament cannot bind its successor and therefore the entire move was fatuous.Having made this point for months if not years, UKIP now points to the string of broken promises by the Conservative Party, and the abject failure of the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party to reflect the will of the British people.

Thursday, 30 October 2014 Written by: Nigel Farage Posted in: Press releases, Budgets , Newsroom, 2014, October, Nigel Farage

1.7 billion pounds for the Brussels Begging Bowl

1.7 billion pounds for the Brussels Begging Bowl

It is an outrage that Brussels has ambushed the British Prime Minister with an unexpected demand for an extra £1.7 billion — based on their re-assessment of Britain’s economic growth.  And David Cameron is not a man to trust on the issue.  He should just say NO. (You can’t trust the Tories in Brussels either.  Last week on the vote to approve the new European Commission, they split three ways — for, against and abstain.  Needless to say, UKIP MEPs all voted against). In this country we don’t allow HMRC to come back retrospectively and change the rules, and demand money from previous years.  We can’t accept Brussels doing that either.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 Written by: Roger Helmer Posted in: Press releases, Budgets , Newsroom, 2014, October

UKIP today slammed other political parties for voting in favour of yet more EU funding, as they approved the EU's budget for 2015

UKIP today slammed other political parties for voting in favour of yet more EU funding, as they approved the EU's budget for 2015

UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, together with UKIP's colleagues in the Italian Five-Star Movement, tabled a string of amendments to the EU budget to cut the cost to taxpayers. Every single one of the 46 amendments were rejected: some were voted down, and some didn't even make it to a vote because the Parliament had already voted to increase the budget items UKIP wanted to cut.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 Written by: Jonathan Arnott Posted in: Press releases, Newsroom, 2014, October, Jonathan Arnott