Nigel Farage: UKIP demands 'blood' guarantee over EU vote

 

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he would not sell the party short for political gain

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage has demanded a "written in blood" guarantee of a referendum on EU membership before entering any pact with another party.

But he said any future "deal" with the Conservatives would be difficult, as he claims David Cameron opposes a "full, free and fair" vote.

He also insisted his party was not a "pressure group" and demanded action to simplify the tax system.

Mr Farage earlier addressed the party's conference in Birmingham.

He told the BBC that he has not "proposed a pact with anybody" and insisted the speculation was coming "from members of the Conservative party who are saying 'we must do a deal with UKIP'".

The UKIP leader said: "I'm making it absolutely clear that we would not do a deal under any circumstances unless the Conservative party... or the Labour party for that matter, were to give an absolute promise, written in blood, that they would give us a full free and fair referendum on our continued membership of the EU.

"It'll need a big change, because Mr Cameron has said on at least half a dozen occasions 'I don't want there to be a referendum on EU membership'.

"They [the Tories] are planning to give us a referendum that says 'do you want to be part of a fully federal Europe or stay in the Union, stay in the single market and the customs union, as we are now?'".

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Mr Farage added that he believed voters are beginning to see UKIP as "more relevant" to their lives, and said the party would become the third force in British politics and top the poll at the European elections in 2014.

Addressing party members in Birmingham, he predicted UKIP would cause a political "earthquake" - particularly now that the EU leaders' desire for a fully federal Europe was "out of the bag".

But he vowed not throw away all of the "hard work and sacrifice" the party had made to build up support over the past 20 years to strike an electoral pact with the Conservatives or any other party.

"I am not going to sell this party short over any political deal, there is absolutely no way on earth I would do that," he told activists.

'Flat tax'

Peter Kellner, president of survey organisation YouGov, said he expects UKIP to worry the Tories by potentially wrecking their chances of winning an overall majority.

He said UKIP would "siphon off three, four, five thousand votes in all their marginal seats and that will mean that Labour... and the Liberal Democrats will win more seats, unless they do a deal.

"If the Tories offer [a referendum], I think Labour and the Liberal Democrats will offer it. So the end result of all this might well be a binding referendum on our membership of the European Union soon after the next general election."

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, the UKIP leader also discussed other party policies and renewed calls for a single rate "flat tax" and the abolition of national insurance.

Earlier this week, former Conservative peer Lord Stevens joined the party, becoming UKIP's third peer, sitting alongside former party leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch and Lord Willoughby de Broke in Parliament.

Mr Farage also claimed UKIP could spring a surprise in November's police and crime commissioner elections in England and Wales, with the party planning to field candidates in the majority of contests.

The party conference, which runs until Saturday, will also hear from the former Conservative MEP Roger Helmer, who joined UKIP earlier this year, broadcaster Mike Read and journalist Patrick O'Flynn.

The party could face competition for votes from former UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire, who has founded the We Demand A Referendum Party - a single-issue party in favour of an in/out referendum on Britain's EU membership - which says it will field candidates in 2014.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 186.

    Where as Clegg's tuition fee promise had to become null and void due to a coalition, there was nothing stopping Cameron following through with his referendum promise. Then again, its politics. Don't vote. It only encourages them.

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 185.

    @172.AuntieLeft

    "The question we have to ask is which will damage our country and its economy more, Labour, with Balls in power or leaving the EU?"

    Judging by the fact that the mess Brown left us in will not be sorted out by the next election it's pretty clear that putting Balls in charge of the economy would be worse for us than setting fire to all the money, let alone leaving the EU.

  • rate this
    -4

    Comment number 184.

    Like many I want my vote on Europe to settle whether the majority want the UK to be in or out.

    And all the time Labour or the Torys continue to deny me this vote then I'll support UKIP.

    Simple really.
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    Comment number 183.

    167.mike ivybridge

    Your evidence for the majority of Brits wanting out of the EU? I am sure UKIP supporters, & their mates, who are their mates because they all support UKIP think that means everyone does but there's more people in this country than just UKIP voters.....

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 182.

    To suggest that Westmisnter has any power over the EU these days is nonsense. UKIP highlight a number of reasons why the EU is negative for the UK but you can see for yourself how the EU are interfering with our lives everyday. For example it is now compulsory for schools to teach pro-EU lessons whether parents like it or not. By the time kids leave school they will be brainwashed with EU lies

  • rate this
    -8

    Comment number 181.

    It is ironic that UKIP does well in European Parliament elections yet in the General Election only manages a small percentage of votes. They are a one issue party and remember it is a national parliament that will decide on a referendum. If there were a vote they would need to present far more coherent arguments rather than the general xenophobia they do so at present.

  • rate this
    -1

    Comment number 180.

    I'll be in the pub tonight, as I am every Friday night.
    The workings of the EU and the UK's position within it doesn't get a mention.

  • rate this
    -3

    Comment number 179.

    Is Mr Farage for real? does he expect to collect redundancy pay if his wish comes true? get real Nigel, britain cannot survive alone it needs either the EU or US and I know which I think is the best bet!

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 178.

    Nigel Farage has made many predictions. They all seem to have come true. However, if he just sits back and watches he will see the EU fall apart in front of him. The grotesque opportunism of the Germans and French to financially grab the members, who have been forced into terrible financial positions by the miss management by the ECB will break this beast up.
    I cant wait.

  • rate this
    -9

    Comment number 177.

    As a European Federalist i also would like to see a referendum on the EU. Because, although i believe in a European Federation, first and foremost i believe in democracy.

    It really is that simple.

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 176.

    RE:161.LeftLibertarian

    #127.
    "Points reiterated when the Maastricht Treaty 1991 was ratified by the UK Parliament."

    And we the people had _what_ input to that decision?

    You elected your MP to Westminister to represent you.
    -
    And what a bang up job they did with their snout buried deep into the trough.

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 175.

    Amazing how many other pointless referendums are allowed, - e.g. Proportional representation. They will never allow a referendum that they have a chance of losing, plain and simple

  • rate this
    -4

    Comment number 174.

    I do wish this big gobbed clown would zip it, just for once.

    He asserts that sovereignty is the issue but never utters a peep when the US is allowed to walk all over us - makes you wonder what sort of folk are sponsoring the Ukippers, or it should do

    Hard right tory/tea tax party UKIP wannabees should join Farage's jingoistic wackos and stop pretending to belong in mainstream politics

  • rate this
    +9

    Comment number 173.

    I do often wonder, if we left the EU, stopped the billions we pay to the EU for our membership and sent back all the immigrants who are living off our government, would we really be any less better off than we are now?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 172.

    The question we have to ask is which will damage our country and its economy more, Labour, with Balls and Milliband in power or leaving the EU?
    It may actually come down to that question at the next election.

  • rate this
    +6

    Comment number 171.

    re161-You elected your MP to Westminister to represent you.

    In that case can you tell me in which manifesto did Blair tell us he intended to bring 2 million + immigrants into our country. Even Vince Cable nowadays talks about the ecomnomic need - er am I missing something or is it a myth that we have millions unemployed and the same again economically inactive who we need to address first

  • rate this
    -4

    Comment number 170.

    Good to see UKIP members marking down any post that challenges their party and leader as soon as they're posted. Very objective. Well done, all seven of you! @167 - I have read it, it's got nothing that interests the majority of UK voters, hence you're a very minor party with a very loud mouthpiece. Time to join the 21st Century bonny lad.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 169.

    Once, the liberals were seen as first choice for the "neither of the big two parties" voter. Unfortunately for them, they have lost all their lustre after their performance in the spotlight. UKIP may, if they get half a dozen M.P.s at the next election, may be a last hope lifeline in a hung Parliament. "Referendum now or we withdraw" would be a great bargaining chip.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 168.

    As all politicians appear to lie. What don't manifestos (with timescales) became statute doing the Queens speech. Surely, only achievable and realistic claims would then be made. Failure would result in another election based on there own timetables. Naive I know...

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 167.

    The Squirrel. One trick? You haven't read the UKIP manifesto. It's very comprehensive. It says everything the majority of Brits are thinking.

 

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