Hammond Must Go!

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In a bizarre twist to the ‘Government Goes On Holiday And Leaves Dick Dastardly In Charge’ saga, the No 10 caretaker has given an interview to a French newspaper in which he starts an argument with himself about whether an independent UK will seek to compete with the EU for inward investment. This is what we have said today about the latest Remainer wizard wheeze…

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‘Remain Tories are now deliberately creating uncertainty in a plot to derail Brexit, and Hammond must go, says UKIP’

The anti-Brexit faction in the government, led by reprieved Chancellor Philip Hammond, are now actively promoting confusion and uncertainty, as part of their strategy to undermine Brexit negotiations and reverse the process, says UKIP.

Following the Chancellor’s statement in French newspaper Le Monde that the UK would not create a more favourable corporate tax regime following Brexit, UKIP interim leader Steve Crowther said:

“Last year Philip Hammond suggested that if the UK were not well treated in the negotiations, he would adjust the UK’s tax regime to make it more competitive for attracting inward investment – leading to outrage in the EU hierarchy and Labour’s charge of turning Britain into a ‘tax haven’.

“Now, in a French newspaper he has said the opposite. Two things are clear: first, that there is a calculated, multi-faceted strategy among the Remain camp to derail Brexit by all and any means; and second, that in the absence of the pro-Brexit cabinet, Philip Hammond is prepared to create this uncertainty for business by arguing with himself, in French, which presumably he believes the rest of us stupid Brexiteers can’t read.

“Hammond must be removed, immediately. He is undermining business confidence and openly working towards the continuation of open borders and the free movement of people which the British people comprehensively rejected last year”.

Gerard Batten MEP, the UKIP Brexit spokesman added, said “This is entirely predictable given that the Prime Minister is still at heart a remainer and put remainers in key positions to achieve a remain result”.

Farewell to arms: A tribute to Roger Helmer on his retirement
Roger Helmer MEP

Over the years, a handful of serving politicians have publicly defected from the Conservatives to UKIP. This has not always ended well.

The most notable exception is Roger Helmer, MEP for the East of England, who defected from the Conservatives to UKIP in March 2012, at our Spring Conference in Skegness, and has gone on to be one of the most noble members of our Party.

Though an absolutely dyed-in-the-wool Brexiteer, with no strong political ambition other than to do what he could to combat the EU, Roger defected from the Conservatives reluctantly – a measure of the man.

His innate loyalty was tried to the limit by his announcing that he intended to retire from their list, and then finding that the then Tory Party Chairman, Sayeeda Warsi, intended to pass over the next on the list, the equally staunch Brexiteer Rupert Matthews, in favour of a candidate more to her taste.

Roger therefore withdrew his resignation, joined UKIP and held the seat at the next election, and for another five years. Today he retires after 18 years in the European Parliament, leading the fight for the UK’s sovereignty.

A Cambridge-educated mathematician, Roger had a distinguished international business career with firms like Procter & Gamble, Readers Digest, Coats Viyella and United Distillers. He was a knowledgeable spokesman on Industry and Energy, travelling extensively to research his portfolios. I am one of many who has enjoyed his expert support in campaigns against wind farms.

One of the great gentlemen of the party, Roger was a popular and sure-footed MEP Delegation Leader, an intelligent spokesman (I have asked him to retain the Energy portfolio), an erudite debater and an absolutely delightful colleague.

On behalf of the Party, and myself, I wish him the very best of times in his retirement, and thank him for being the ‘Honourable Defector’ who has earned his own unique place in the history of our sovereign nation.

Welcome Jonathan Bullock MEP

bullockJ.jpgNext on the list in the East Midlands (see what we did there, Baroness Warsi?), Jonathan Bullock now becomes the new UKIP MEP for the region, to see out the last two years until such things are consigned to history.

Former Kettering Councillor Jonathan defected to UKIP in 2012 as a direct result of Roger’s move, stating that “the integrity with which UKIP has held to its core convictions and its alignment with my own beliefs has been very influential”.

Jonathan has taken over the vacant portfolio of Tourism and Heritage spokesman, and we wish him a stellar – if   short – career in the European Parliament.

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Steve Crowther
Interim Party Leader