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

    Comment number 286.

    It is true that Switzerland & the other EFTA countries have to obey EU rules to trade with it, & they don't have a say in those rules

    But here's 3 things that EUphiles conveniently ignore

    1. We already have these rules in place

    2. We may have no say in the EU, but the EU will have no say in Britain (fine with me)

    3. We save £50m every single day. That's 50 million quid. A day

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    Comment number 285.

    Comment number 277.drew
    Nigel Farage is like something from the past, Harold Wilson or maybe Harold Macmillan. Europhobic. Many british people live and work in europe. Many british jobs depend on europe. Our Queen has German blood in her.
    Most of Europe still has a problem with being ruled by unelected Germans.

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    Comment number 284.

    57. ben corde

    The corruption, waste, economic cost, insanity of the EU Human Rights Court judgements,
    The ECHR is not an instrument of the EU, it is the Court of the Council of Europe.

    If you didn't know that, thats sad, if you did know that but are deliberately spreading misinformation, thats even sadder

    269. Andy
    75% of our rules and regulations come from Brussels
    Really? Which ones?

  • rate this

    Comment number 283.

    Nigel Farage has persisted with his message despite ridicule from the other parties.

    Like many others who have seen the problems as they arose which have been conveniently ignored by other politicians he deserves a hearing.

    The two party system needs a shake-up.

  • rate this

    Comment number 282.

    i live less than 100 miles from London but i'm in the same european Parliament constituency as wait for it

    Gibraltar... yeah

  • rate this

    Comment number 281.

    He's right to make that condition, to do otherwise would be a complete betrayal of what his party stands for. It does mean the chance of a pact is neglible, regardless of their view on Europe at the time, theres no way a major party can go into an election having made such a big concession to a small party, it would be perceived as the tail wagging the dog & they'd be destroyed in the election

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    Comment number 280.

    It is interesting how threatened the europhiles are by the prospect of open debate and a free vote on continuing membership of the EU.
    To quote US President Abraham Lincoln "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

  • Comment number 279.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • rate this

    Comment number 278.

    A largely irrelevant politician makes a largely irrelevant claim from a position of relative weakness. Aside from grandiose delusion I see little of import here. Moving on....

  • rate this

    Comment number 277.

    Nigel Farage is like something from the past, Harold Wilson or maybe Harold Macmillan. Europhobic. Many british people live and work in europe. Many british jobs depend on europe. Our Queen has German blood in her. Prince Philip is Greek. Some of our MP's were born in europe.

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    Comment number 276.

    264.Name Number 6
    Just now

    Use your IQ and see if you can find it.

    No need to be rude.

    #273.Thank you

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    Comment number 275.

    . This spineless establishment coalition of dithering fools, Labour and the media Europhiles have forgotten the sacrifices of WW1/2 and betray them, our future and our heritage. They are neither trusted or trust us.What happened to 'We will remember them'? Rise up as a nation and say enough is enough and pass this message on until it's all over the internet. Save our country.Vote UKIP

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    Comment number 274.

    @255 'emily radetsk'
    Yes, I agree with you. However, our geographical location will continue to affect the UK as the 'middle child island' as we are torn between the USA and continental Europe.

    Our best options are to forge trade with all nations. Let's face it, every country - small and large do that.

    I reiterate, we need to renegotiate our membership fees to the EU. Far too high.

  • Comment number 273.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 272.

    Good old Nigel Farage - the only politician who is prepared to fight for our rights in Europe and a fair share of any contributions demanded to stem the tide of debt sweeping through the continent.

    We don't need to be part of the EU. We can, and would continue to, trade with other countries as before. Fears that we might lose business are entirely unfounded. Pity he isn't our PM.

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    Comment number 271.

    In a referendum I would vote agaisnt leaving the EU and I would never vote for Farage. I've lived in Switzerland. The Swiss can keep it.

  • rate this

    Comment number 270.

    The EU is good for exports - British jobs to Eastern Europe

  • rate this

    Comment number 269.

    75% of our rules and regulations come from Brussels.So why do we need 650 MP's in Westminster?

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    Comment number 268.

    202.James London
    You know full well why general elections are not good enough on this issue, and most others actually. They force us to pick a basket of policies covering all areas, deliberately denying us particular say on specific issues. The lie party so called democracy uses to ensure only a political clique are ever in power and call the shots with total disregard to the public.

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    Comment number 267.

    Farage and Clegg are really not comparable.

    I believe that Farage would, sincerely, ensure that we have an EU referendum.

    Whereas, Clegg never gave a damn about students or their tuition fees.

    He only, ever, cared about himself!


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