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
    +5

    Comment number 206.

    If it is xenophobic to be against the anti-democratic EU that is so corrupt it can't even produce legal accounts every year, then what do you call the Europhiles who are against fair trade with the Commonwealth and the rest of the world?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 205.

    We have already had a full and open Referendum re membership. The vote was YES to entry of the EEC, with the fully implied aim of a full and complete Federation. Unfortunately there are those who will not accept the majority vote.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 204.

    For anyone thinking of voting UKIP, I strongly suggest you have a look at their last election manifesto. There were about a dozen main points. The whole programme reminded me of the current Republicans in the USA (minus the Christian fundamentalism). Be careful what you wish for - they're not just about the EU. Also, have a look at who their leaders & sponsors actually are.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 203.

    "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"

    What about the BNP?

  • rate this
    -8

    Comment number 202.

    Why would we want a referendum on this - we have general elections every five years - that is when we give our opinions about what we want. If the British want out of Europe let them vote for UKIP - if they don't , let them vote accordingly!! So what percentage of the vote did UKIP get last time - 3% was it? There's a message there Nigel, so give it a rest.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 201.

    #149
    We are governed by unelected Eurocrats in Brussels - please tell me how this is indsignificant?
    Beyond belief.......
    --------
    Cobblers.
    Unelected bureaucrats were retained by the very party that states it wants small government, or had you forgotten about the House Of Lords - nothing to do with Brussels,that.

    We are governed by corporate interests - that's why mass fraud goes unpunished.

  • rate this
    -1

    Comment number 200.

    @192 - who said I was a "lefty"? Then again, most of the country is to the left of UKIP and that's reflected in the number of seats in Parliament. Zero. Now get marking down!

  • rate this
    +17

    Comment number 199.

    We need and deserve a referendum. The Europe issue is too important to be ignored much longer. I used to be very pro Europe but have gradually changed my stance over the years. The rules and regulations from Brussels seem to be hindering business and the uncertainty over the Euro's future still casts a long shadow.
    Keeping us out was Gordon Brown's finest hour...

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 198.

    I'd rather like to see a general election where the three leaders were Farage, Balls and Boris. At least we would have some lively debate.

    Deadly Dave, Nothing Nick and er what's is name from Labour are almost invisible compared to the others.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 197.

    This is an easy call for the Tory party. State that they will give a referendum on Europe in their next election manifesto. This will steal the votes back from UKIP. When they get into power, find some excuse not to implement it.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 196.

    MPs are elected to represent us in excersing the powers we have given them for a period of up to 5 years.

    We then decide whether to return them or give somene else a chance.

    They are not elected to give those powers to Brussels or anyone else, if they do not wish to excersise those powers they should resign and allow the electorate to select someone else.

  • rate this
    -1

    Comment number 195.

    I do not believe British public will ever vote for isolation from Europe. British like to fight from within than standing on the fence!! Farage is living in a cuckoo land.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 194.

    Don't we elected a government to make these decisions for us. I know a bit about the euro but not enough to know the consequences of pulling out. If it was a good thing don't you think the government would have done it by now. Unless you ACTUALLY know more than them, then let them make the decisions because they know trade restrictions in and out of Europe and other important data like that.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 193.

    i think now is the time for a referendum with a clear choice, 'in' or 'out' and not worded by a politician, clear English please.

    Although, look what happened in Ireland, they voted 'no' and the politicians re-worded the ballot and made the Country go to the Polls again!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 192.

    170.The_Squirrel

    "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!"

    It's a bloody funny thing how seven of us can outvote all you sensible lefty Europhiles isn't it? I think you lot are going to get a shock come 2015. Fingers crossed anyway..

  • rate this
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    Comment number 191.

    It is time we pulled out of Europe since joining Europe Britain has not benefited Enoch Powell and Tony Benn where right. Everyone who wanted us in and still wants us in is wrong, but they just do not want to admit it, there will be no growth except in unemployment and poverty. Any party that wants us to stay in Europe and improve people’s standard of living is just promising pie in the sky

  • rate this
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    Comment number 190.

    Oh for God's sake give it a rest Nigel , mmmm!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 189.

    Nigel. Nearly 20 years of UKIP and so far not a single MP in Westminster. There's a message there somewhere.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 188.

    Hello to all my European friends! Bonjour! Hola! Hallo! Ciao! Ola! Hei!

    Don't listen all to these miserable gits, bloomin' isolationists... go go Power-Europe! :D

  • rate this
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    Comment number 187.

    Governments promise a referendum but nothing ever happens because too many of their mates are happily riding along on this gravy train.The electorate needs a say before we become a colony of Brussels.

 

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