Response to the Budget

UKIP accuses the Chancellor of attacking enterprise and betraying the self-employed

Published Mar 08, 2017

MarkReckless.jpgResponding to the Budget UKIP Economy Spokesman Mark Reckless AM said:

“The Conservatives have today lost any claim they may have had to represent either White Van Man or the many women who create businesses as a route to combining a continuing economic contribution with family life.

“In this Budget, Philip Hammond has launched an unnecessary and foolish attack on enterprise. To claim to be making life better for the employed by making life worse for the self-employed is the worst kind of levelling down. It is an approach more befitting of big state socialism than of a party that claims to understand wealth creation.

“Self-employed people create their own jobs. They have no paid holidays, sickness benefits or company pension schemes and in fact no guaranteed income at all.

“They show guts and determination. And like the rest of the electorate they were promised that the Tories would not be whacking up national insurance rates in this parliament. In their case it is going to be a promise broken.”

Mr Reckless added: “The growth and borrowing projections announced in today’s Budget show that the Brexit vote of last June has had no negative impact on the economy and that the dire forecasts of George Osborne were merely a cynical political scare tactic.

“Philip Hammond is right to talk up the prospects of the British economy in the years ahead, rather than irresponsibly talking them down as his predecessor did in the run-up to the referendum.

“UKIP has always argued that the British economy will flourish outside the EU – as we regain the power to agree our own free trade deals and remove ourselves from future waves of Brussels red tape.

“Our relatively buoyant economy is an early sign that the British people were right to disbelieve the merchants of doom.

“That the Chancellor now has some financial wiggle room due to better than expected tax receipts and lower unemployment is reassuring in advance of the Government’s negotiations to exit the EU.

“Mr Hammond is right not to spend this initial Brexit bonus. Our national debt is alarmingly large and while the deficit is lower than previously expected that debt is still growing.

“In fact the Government should be making significant savings from bloated spending areas. UKIP for example would look to cut foreign aid spending by £10 billion a year, scrap the wasteful HS2 project and rebalance the Barnett Formula so resources reflect real needs.

“With some of those savings we could afford to remove VAT from domestic energy, hot takeaway food and female sanitary products as soon as Britain is out of the EU. We could also avoid clobbering the self-employed with extra National Insurance as the Chancellor does today. We need to help hard-pressed people with the cost of living, not clobber the self-employed.”

Phil Ray Out and About in Emmbrook

Wokingham UKIP Chairman, Phil Ray, spent the weekend campaigning across Emmbrook working towards the by-election on 17th February.


“The massive house-building area is affecting the North of Emmbrook and we want to support the residents there to be treated well by the current Council. However, I won’t accept that other areas of Emmbrook are being neglected” said Phil.

He continued, “Tanhouse Lane, for example where one resident told me the road has been getting worse and worse with massive potholes and the derelict, abandoned garages don’t make the environment pleasant”.

The council seem to have forgotten the residents in the south of Emmbrook.




Wokingham UKIP Talks Defence

UKIP Defence Spokesman and MEP, Bill Etheridge, made a visit to Wokingham on Friday to discuss Defence with UKIP members from across the area.

The team of spokesmen appointed by UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall are taking the opportunity to understand the views and harvest the knowledge in certain subjects which is held within the UKIP membership.

The event was held at the Holiday Inn, Reading and many of those taking part were ex-servicemen and women from all three military forces with vast experience from a range of roles in many different theatres of action.


Bill was introduced by Wokingham UKIP Chairman Phil Ray who reminded us all of the military connections around the local community from the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, to the Military Academy at Sandhurst, to the Household Cavalry and Coldstream Guards at Windsor and the various Battalions at Aldershot.


Productive and informative discussions took place around the state of the UK’s military; Trident missile defence; battlefield resources; new Naval ships and aircraft; and military veterans amongst many others.

Bill assured those present that all their input was valuable and encouraged them to continue to communicate their views and knowledge to ensure that UKIP Defence policy is appropriate, representative and pertinent.

A valuable evening and hopefully the first of many on different subjects.

Phil Ray aiming to give Emmbrook a voice

Wokingham UKIP Chairman, Phil Ray, has been selected to stand in the by election in Emmbrook on February 17th.

A snap election was called after a Tory councillor quit the borough council citing issues with his fellow Tory councillors.

Phil has lived in the area for over 20 years raising a family and runs a local business serving local people.

He has been active in local politics for the last five years including serving his local community as a parish councillor.

If you want to contact Phil or are able to help with his campaign, please contact him via email

Bring back our Fishing Rights!


Phil Ray and Phil Cunnington of UKIP Wokingham join forces with Maidenhead members campaigning to repatriate UK fishing waters.

As part of holding the Government’s feet to the fire over Brexit, UKIP Wokingham took part in a day of action in Theresa May’s own back yard.

The UK fishing industry were treated with disdain by Edward Heath when he handed over our fishing waters to the EU when we joined in the 1970’s. This has decimated our industry and many former fishing ports have little more than memories of an industry which saw us self sufficient and net exporters of fish.

Phil Ray, Chairman of Wokingham UKIP, said “Here is our opportunity to try and put right the damage done to our fishing communities. We are putting the case to Theresa May and her Brexit team that repatriation of our fishing waters should be a priority in their Brexit negotiations. It seems the people of Maidenhead agree as they have been really supportive today.”


Growth rate confounds Brexit doomongers

Commenting on the release of official figures stating that the three month growth rate since the EU Referendum has been plus 0.5% rather than the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney’s pre-Referendum estimate of 0.2%, Christopher Mills, the UKIP Business Spokesman said,

christopher_mills.jpg“The bad news for those who expected an economic apocalypse when we voted to regain our independence and freedom has suffered another blow. The prophets of doom are now looking like a tired old heavyweight, demanding just one more round in the ring before retirement, appalling the public, embarrassing their friends and destroying their reputations. The UK is the one of the world’s most competitive economies; it is open for business and has the tools and the desire amongst its men and women to go from strength to strength in the future”.

UKIP’s Economy Spokesman Mark Reckless AM added, “I welcome today’s growth figures following our vote for Brexit and I look forward to the day when ‘experts’ realise this is not despite Brexit but because of Brexit.”

UKIP and Small Business


Haivng achieved our ambition of securing the vote for Britain’s exit from the EU, what’s next for UKIP?

UKIP’s Margot Parker spoke to this week and gave a message to small businesses – UKIP are on your side.

Speaking to the convenience store magazine, Margot dealt with a range of subjects affecting small businesses from shoplifting to late payments by large organisations.

You can catch the full interview here

Brexit: The Movie

brexit-logoBrexit: The Movie lays bare the nature of the European Union – and shows why millions of Brits are going to vote to leave it.

A professional full production, Brexit: The Movie was crowd-funded independently and blows apart the pro-EU propaganda, and makes the case for an independent, confident and outward-looking Britain.

You can watch Brexit: The Movie as a feature-length film, or topic by topic in bite-sized, shareable sections from the Intro and Brussels through Fishing, Employment and Trade, to Sovereignty and finally The Fight for Freedom.

Each bite-size chunk is only 1 to 3 minutes long, but if you don’t fancy watching the full hour or so at once, it makes it easy to digest.

The important thing is to watch it. I highly recommend it to ‘Leavers’, ‘Remainers’ and ‘Undecideds’ alike.

You can see it at




How ridiculous is it to live on an island yet be a net importer of fish?

Let’s take back control of our fish

If I had to name one industry that had been worst hit by EU membership it would be the UK fishing industry. Placed under a Common Fishing Policy from the early days, the EU has done grave damage to what was one of our most impressive ventures. The UK has been driven from self sufficiency and good exports of fish to import dependence. We have had to watch as non UK boats have come into our waters under EU licence and taken the majority of the catch.


In the early days of the Common Fishery Policy too much fish was taken, doing further damage to the fishery. When the EU awoke to the damage being done, tougher quotas were imposed which favoured non UK fishing fleets, especially the French. If we look at the 2015 quota allocations for the main areas for cod and haddock they show:


Cod   France 70-84% of Total Allowable catch

UK 7.6-9.2%


Haddock   France 55-66.7% of Total Allowable catch

UK 10-29%

Sole         France   14.3% to 54%

UK 0-19%

The great fishing fleets of Grimsby, Hull, Lowestoft have been slashed by the decline of the fishery and unfair distribution of the quota. Out of the EU the UK can reassert control out to 200 miles or to the median line with a neighbouring state. We can negotiate shared access with neighbours without being outvoted by 27 other member states under the majority voting system of the EU.

Freed of EU control we could have a policy which helps restore our fishery and allocates more catch to UK vessels.

The EU’s betrayal of Britain’s fishing industry

The EU’s betrayal of Britain’s fishing industry

The EU’s fisheries policies have been a disaster for Britain, destroying communities along our coasts. We should emulate Greenland, get out of the EU as soon as possible, and revive one of our greatest industries


Fishing boats at the Coble Landing, Filey

One of the most damaging implications of Britain joining the EU has been the effect on our fishing industry. The Common Fishing Policy (CFP) is the EU’s method of implementing pan-European laws on fishing and aquaculture. As with most policies emanating from the centralised elite in Brussels, the CFP was a major disaster. After its introduction in 1970, the CFP has been synonymous with the huge decline of our fish stocks, deterioration of the environment, wasteful discarding of fish, and the destruction of Britain’s fishing industry and communities. Geographically well placed, British and Irish waters actually account for 60 percent of the EU’s waters. To add salt to the wound, it is an embarrassing reminder the CFP did not exist until Britain joined the EU. The sacrifice made essentially placed Britain’s precious waters under a shared resource to other EU nations. Ever since, stocks have depleted and many coastal towns have gone into economic and social decline through the loss of thousands of jobs. As certain nations receive a better deal out of the EU, it is clear the industries of national importance to other member states have never been under threat or willingly reduced by their own politicians. From French wineries to the German automotive industry, it is clear other member states do all they can to protect important sections of their own economy and heritage, while British politicians willingly give away one of our own. As the United Nations Law of the Sea states: “The exclusive economic zone shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines”. Yet Britain’s fishing rights have now been reduced by the EU to a mere 12 miles. This policy has become so nonsensical, it’s hard to shift the blame away from Britain’s leaders during the 1970’s, who saw the EU’s bloc mentality as the answer to our post-war decline. Looking to the future, it appears the pro-EU lobby are clearly still under the Brussels’ spell. When politicians like Conservative MP Laura Sandys highlight how British fisherman will lose their EU subsidies after Brexit, it is often forgotten the CFP created the problem in the first place. In addition, mild reforms of the policy have been too little too late for our fishermen. Billions of fish have been discarded and thrown back into the sea because of the inefficient division of quotas. It is worth noting that fish landings into UK ports were higher in the 19th century than they are today. However, there is another nation in which the CFP played a similar, damaging role. Greenland decided to leave the EU (EEC in 1984). Their politicians recognised the wanton vandalism coming their way, and understood how other Member States did not follow the same procedures of handling their fish catches. In the Seventies, Britain and Greenland held around 80 percent of fish stocks. In comparison, nations such as France, Spain and Italy had destroyed stocks in the Mediterranean. With such a small population so reliant on one industry, Greenland saw no other option but to leave the EU. How is the nation doing now? Having ignored the scaremongers at the time, the islanders have found their average income on par with other rich Northern European states, and they have benefited from the lack of EU red tape. In addition, Greenland successfully negotiated favourable terms for their exit, and now enjoy favourable trade deals with the EU. If a nation of 57,000 can do it, why do we often hear that Britain, a nation of 65 million, cannot do the same? The EU is chronically over-centralised, and such ‘one size fits all’ policies will never be in the interest of Britain. Taking back control would not only repair depleted fish stocks around the British Isles, but provide a secure future for the industry.

Nations like Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroes have avoided this mess. This is why our politicians must learn from example and Get Britain Out of the EU.

Chris Muspratt
On 2 October 2015
Our Acknowledgement to “The Commentator”

• Fish imports to UK have increased since 2003 as exports have fallen

• Most imports from Iceland (98,000 tonnes) and Norway (61,000 tonnes)

• Major export destinations: Netherlands (84,000 tonnes) and France (81,000 tonnes)

• British fisherman numbered 47,000 in 1930s. by 2007: just 13,000

• Annual catch of cod in 1970s: 300,000 tonnes. 2007: 7,000 tonnes

• 2007 size of UK fleet: 6,372 boats, of which 77 per cent less than 30ft long

• Overall British catch of fish in 2006: 614,000 tonnes, down 13 per cent in a year

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