Category Archives: europe

VIDEO: Sunday Politics South East 14th June 2015

Mark Reckless, UKIP’s Director of Policy, joins Julia George on BBC’s Sunday Politics South East to discuss the forthcoming EU Referendum and why Britain is better off trading with Europe, but governing ourselves.

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VIDEO: Daily Politics 8th June 2015

Mark Reckless, UKIP, joins David Campbell Bannerman MEP on the BBC’s Daily Politics to discuss the forthcoming EU Referendum

This is outrageous!

Britain has burned countless billions propping up the catastrophic EU project. Now Brussels is ruthlessly billing us for more – £1.7 billion more – to bail out the countries responsible for the Euro catastrophe, while France and Germany get a rebate of £801m and £614m.

I originally rebelled against the government in order to help in securing the first ever EU budget cut, it’s outrageous that they now want us to pay them even more.

We need as many volunteers as possible to help me with my campaign in Rochester and Strood, are you able to volunteer?

If not please consider chipping in £20 to help us in our fight against the EU.

Thanks,

Mark Reckless

Britain is more than a star on somebody else’s flag!

WP_20140301_033Since being elected in 2010 I have worked hard to represent all of the people in my Rochester and Strood constituency, irrespective of who they backed at the election, and notwithstanding how party whips may have wanted me to vote. I have consistently campaigned for an In/Out EU referendum, and was delighted when my constituency referendum – the first anywhere in the country – saw nearly 80% agree with me that Britain should be an independent country, trading with Europe, but governing ourselves and controlling our borders. I am delighted that other Conservative MPs have followed this initiative, showing that only Conservatives will give the people a say on our membership of the European Union.

The news that Conservative MP Bob Neill had placed high enough in the Private Members ballot of MPs last week and was determined to introduce a bill in this parliament legislating for an EU referendum, came as welcome news. As someone who has long campaigned for a vote on our membership I relish every opportunity to reaffirm that in the voting lobbies in Parliament. Though my Conservative colleague James Wharton MP was thwarted in his attempt to put an EU referendum on the statue books by unelected Lib Dem and Labour peers, I believe this time we may get our way.

Only a few weeks on from the European Union elections where a majority of those votes cast were for pro-referendum parties, many in SW1 have learnt that taking the voters for granted has a cost. With the news today that the Liberal Democrats could be about to U-turn in favour of matching the Prime Minister’s In/Out EU referendum pledge, and may even support Bob Neill MP’s Private Members ballot, it will leave the Labour party as the only party denying the British public and a majority of their voters a say. It is now surely a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ the British people get an In/Out vote and I am delighted, as with all major decisions affecting our lives, it is the Conservative party which is leading the way.

Locally the Conservatives in Medway have a history of standing up to the EU. In 2011 whilst still a councillor I brought a resolution to the chamber – which successfully passed – calling upon the three Conservative Medway MPs to not support an increase in the EU budget. How can it be right that whilst Medway receives a reduction in its financial settlement, our contribution to the EU increases by 60% over two years? It was this local vote which paved the way a year later for my amendment in Parliament calling for a real-terms cut in the 2014-2020 EU budget. This was the first time the coalition government had been defeated and delivered the first ever cut in the EU budget.

Supported by my local Conservative councillors we, for the first time anywhere in the country, gave our voters a say on our membership of the European Union. I am delighted that the nearly 80% of the thousands of people who took part in my Rochester and Strood In/Out EU referendum believe as I do, that Britain can have a positive future for Britain outside of the EU. Only Conservatives can and will deliver a referendum on our membership of the EU and myself and my local councillor colleagues will fight for you to have that say.

PM must show Eurosceptics that referendum IS real

WP_20131106_017Despite the scale of Tory electoral losses, a strange sense of relief now pervades my party. Ed Miliband’s unexpected humiliation at the hands of Nigel Farage’s Ukip has seemingly let us off the hook.

It’s as though we’ve got away with it; that far from blocking our path to re-election, Ukip is actually barring Labour’s road to power. Thinking that is a monumental mistake.

Whatever problems he now poses for Labour, Mr Farage’s party still represents the most serious threat to a Tory victory at the Election.

Even if its support dwindles, Ukip could still deprive us of our hopes of a Commons majority. That’s why dealing with Ukip and its supporters drawn in many cases from our own ranks, must now be our top priority.

That does not have to mean a formal electoral pact. What we must do is prove that only a Conservative government will deliver the in/out EU referendum they desire, and that we can be trusted. We must reaffirm that only David Cameron will deliver such a referendum.

With Mr Miliband opposed to letting the British people decide themselves, we must challenge Mr Farage to declare his hand: is he ready to thwart Tory candidates who will deliver a referendum, and instead allow a Brussels-loving Labour Party to rule?

If so, he should be honest with his supporters now and admit he is happy to help Mr Miliband through the door of No10, with all the dangers that poses to our economy.

But in turn, Mr Cameron has to demonstrate we are being honest and straight-forward with the voters.

UKIP’s greatest fear is that they will be tricked, that the referendum will be an establishment ruse, with Mr Cameron pretending to repatriate powers only for voters later to discover that little has changed.

UKIP is also deeply suspicious of the fairness of a referendum where the full weight of government is likely to be thrown behind one campaign – the campaign to stay in.

So I am calling on the Prime Minister to end those worries, to change the likely referendum arrangements and make the contest a level playing field.

Voters must be offered a free choice – with the Government not formally recommending a yes or no but leaving it to individual ministers, Mr Cameron included – to state their individual views.

What Mr Farage –  and those who think like him – want is a straight in/out referendum on EU membership, not a referendum following a sleight of hand renegotiation.

A straight choice, an honest vote –that would amount to a fair deal for Ukip in return for their support when at the General Election. In Mr Farage’s words this weekend, the Ukip fox is well and truly loose in the political hen house.

If Mr Cameron is to be re-elected as PM he needs to shoot that fox before it does irreparable harm.

VIDEO: Rochester and Strood says NO to UK being Member of EU

Close to 4,000 people took the opportunity to vote in Britain’s first constituency referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. The result was resounding, with 80.27% voting NO to the question “Should the United Kingdom be a member of the European Union?”.

As someone who has campaigned their whole adult life for Britain to be an independent country, governing ourselves, controlling our own borders, and trading freely with the whole world, I am delighted with this result.

It has been nearly 40 years since the British people had a say on Europe. In that time so much has changed and people feel the EU is heading in a direction they never signed up for.

In coming months my pilot referendum in Rochester and Strood will be replicated and taken forward by other Conservative MPs around the country. I expect that those will also show support for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, even if not always by quite such an overwhelmingly sound margin as in the Rochester and Strood constituency.

With the Labour party against offering a referendum, and UKIP unable to deliver one, only a Conservative government can and will give us the chance to vote for an independent Britain in a nationwide referendum.

Rochester and Strood constituency says NO to UK being Member of EU by 80.27% to 19.73%

WP_20131106_017Close to 4,000 people took the opportunity to vote in Britain’s first constituency referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. The result was resounding, with 80.27% voting NO to the question “Should the United Kingdom be a member of the European Union?”.

As someone who has campaigned their whole adult life for Britain to be an independent country, governing ourselves, controlling our own borders, and trading freely with the whole world, I am delighted with this result.

It has been nearly 40 years since the British people had a say on Europe. In that time so much has changed and people feel the EU is heading in a direction they never signed up for.

In coming months my pilot referendum in Rochester and Strood will be replicated and taken forward by other Conservative MPs around the country. I expect that those will also show support for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, even if not always by quite such an overwhelmingly sound margin as in the Rochester and Strood constituency.

With the Labour party against offering a referendum, and UKIP unable to deliver one, only a Conservative government can and will give us the chance to vote for an independent Britain in a nationwide referendum.