Food & energy would be cheaper after leaving the EU

Press Release
9/4/16

Food & energy would be cheaper after leaving the EU

UKIP candidate Alan Day stated “”If the EU were about collaboration & free trade rather than supranational coercion into an undemocratic superstate, no one would have a problem with it.”

“It should be noted that 79% of trade in the UK is wholly internal to the UK and 95% of UK businesses do not trade with the EU yet 100% of businesses are burdened with the costs of EU rules and regulations. Of the 21% of our GDP that depends on overseas trade, 11% is with non-EU countries around the world and only 10% is with the EU (and declining in importance annually – the EU has dropped from 30% of world trade in 1980 to 17% today)

When the UK joined the EEC in 1973 food prices rose sharply in the UK as we were compelled to import food from the EU rather than the Commonwealth due to tariffs. Leaving the EU would see our food prices fall back towards non-EU levels as tariffs and quotas are dropped and we return to global trading. According to the Institute of Economic Affairs – food prices are currently 17% higher in the EU compared to world wholesale prices.

Our net annual contribution to the CAP is £6 billion but British farmers get back only about half that. Outside the EU the government could spend the full £5 billion on our farmers

As a result of EU policy, we have some of the highest gas and electricity bills in the world and we can see the results in the devastation of our manufacturing industry – Gallagher`s, Michelin and Tata Steel.

By Leaving the EU we take back control.

Further info:

Institute of Economic Affairs: 17% “the difference between wholesale food prices in Europe and world market prices” https://t.co/cHZFOlEDlY

UKIP respond to pro EU business groups claims

Press Release
14/4/16

UKIP respond to pro EU business groups claims

UKIP Mid Ulster candidate Alan Day has commented on the CBI, the agri-food body NIFDA and independent retail group NIIRTA pro EU message

Alan Day stated “There is much ado about leaving the EU. Apparently the sky will fall and we will see the end of days.

Official DETI figure reveal that 91% of all Northern Ireland trade is either within the UK or with non EU countries. Only 8.8% of all NI trade is with the EU, half of which is with the Republic.

Even at UK level, of the 21 per cent of UK GDP that depends on overseas commerce, 10% is with the EU, and 11 per cent is with the Commonwealth and the rest of the world.

It is false to claim that EU membership leads to lower prices. Food prices rose sharply in the UK when we joined the EEC in 1973 as we had to import food from the EU rather than the Commonwealth. The Institute of Economic Affairs says current food prices are 17% higher in the EU compared to world wholesale prices.

CAP funding from the EU has been reducing in recent years and will continue to do so. Indeed a recent report shows that Scottish Farm income has dropped by 55% from 2010-2015.

UK Farming Minister George Eustice has already confirmed that farm subsidies would continue after leaving the EU. Our net annual contribution to the CAP is £5 billion but British farmers get far less back. Outside the EU the gov could spend the full £5bn

As Dan Hannan MEP has said “We see the direction in which the EU is going, and we know now that no renegotiation can alter it from within.”

Trade with the EU is important and would undoubtedly continue after leaving the EU but we would have the liberty to strike out on our own and trade globally without hindrance. What price our liberty & democracy?”

UKIP respond to Sinn Fein National Chairperson

Press Release
15/4/16

UKIP respond to Sinn Fein National Chairperson

UKIP Mid Ulster candidate Alan Day has responded to comment by Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney

UKIP`s Nigel Farage & Alan Day

Alan Day stated “Declan Kearney says he wants a `strong, democratic` Europe yet party leader Gerry Adams is on record criticising the `democratic deficit` of the EU.

He urges reform from within yet this has not happened in 40 years of membership or David Camerons vacuous renegotiation. He says it would affect common travel yet the Common Travel Area between the UK & Ireland predates the EU.

He cites the loss of EU subsidies but fails to mention that every penny is UK taxpayer money that the UK government would retain outside the EU. We pay the EU almost twice as much as we get back.

He scaremongers over lost foreign investments yet the UK is the fifth largest economy in the world. Official DETI figure reveal that 91% of all Northern Ireland trade is either within the UK or with non EU countries. Only 8.8% of all NI trade is with the EU, half of which is with the Republic.

He then demands a border poll as provisioned in the Good Friday Agreement, yet he very well knows that such a poll can only occur when the Secretary of State believes there is a majority in favour of a change to the constitutional status of Northern Ireland.

Trade with the EU is important and would undoubtedly continue after leaving the EU, but we would have the liberty to strike out on our own and trade globally without hindrance. What price our liberty & democracy?”

Further info:

Brexit from Europe would be disastrous for Ireland.- Kearney | Sinn Féin http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/39304?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter