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 306.

    At last someone who could really lead Britain into the future. I have been following UKIP for a while now and they give something different to the stale politics we see every day.
    Clear policy's for Britain and not just for overseas countries. Its about time we looked after number 1 and not try and influence others. We are no longer the worlds best so lets sit back and thrive.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 305.

    I suspect people who don't want a referendum fear its outcome. I do too, but that's no reason to deny people a vote. It's a generation since the last one.

    As for the rest of the rubbish this vile little posh pubic school boy spouts...

  • rate this
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    Comment number 304.

    for the love of god!!

    will this nation ever get a grip on itself

    The UK is part of Europe
    physically , mentally, politically, economically

    through the actions of the idiots in Parliament, European and Westminster, we are becoming marginalized

    WE need to be full participating members not a bunch of old colonialists thinking of empire

    Please use your brains and stop this nonsense

  • rate this
    -3

    Comment number 303.

    If Garbage was American he' vote for Walter Mitty (Mitt Romney), thats all you need to know.

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 302.

    @295.Carl Pierce

    "..but on the basis of fair balanced information given to the public on the pros and cons of membership. Currently all the public gets is hysterical nonsense from the right-wing murdoch media who want the UK to be like the US"

    Really, you hadn't noticed all the hysterical nonsense about British Jobs at risk from your lot? (Which is utter tosh as we have a trade deficit with EU)

  • rate this
    -3

    Comment number 301.

    244
    UK Net contribution to the EU is 6.5-7 Bn per year. There are 17.9 million households in this country.
    The answer to the how much is 445 quid a year per household on average from taxation.
    Do some basic research before biting the guff Farage puts out.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 300.

    Comment number 277.drew
    Many british jobs depend on europe.
    --
    Does this include the one million Eastern Europeans undercutting the wages of British workers because the EU says we have to let them in?

  • rate this
    -3

    Comment number 299.

    Nightmare scenario whereby the deluded one trick ponies of UKIP somehow manage to get the Tories into power with a working majority at the next general election. Does anyone seriously think they (the Tories) would honour any pledges - signed in blood or not - if that was the case? Nope, they'd just take a wrecking ball to the country.

    Time Richard Branson started a political party . . . .

  • rate this
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    Comment number 298.

    The majority of British people do not have enough knowledge or understanding of the issues at stake to vote sensibly in a referendum on "In or Out" of the EU. I agree with Nigel but he has to find a way to force the Party Leaders into clear statements and assurances on where they stand .....this time enforced by severe penalties in the event of being exposed as liars or deceivers.

  • rate this
    -1

    Comment number 297.

    "The people demand" etc etc ., which in reality, more than likely equates to several bodies and a dog called loopy?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 296.

    @270 'Shaunie Babes'
    ~~
    Yes, no one can deny that when Cadbury was bought out by a certain American company they immediately moved production to Poland with the help of EU grants. Job losses in UK.

    Ministers et al, at the time, said that Cadbury jobs would be retained/protected in the UK by the take-over. That was blatent lies.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 295.

    I'd support a referenum but on the basis of fair balanced information given to the public on the pros and cons of membership.

    Currently all the public gets is hysterical nonsense from the right-wing murdoch media who want the UK to be like the US.

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 294.

    @286.David Horton

    "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"

    Is that really true? If so do all the countries that trade with the EU have to comply with all of it's rules? Presumably the USA and China are exempt? Cos they certainly don't...

  • rate this
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    Comment number 293.

    UKIP will have my vote from now on,
    lets hope everyone votes for them
    they appear to be the best choice out of what we have

  • rate this
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    Comment number 292.

    If we leave Europe then we will lose the biggest market on our doorstep. The Tory policy is currently correct because they ensure that we will not become a "Little England", begging on the other side of La Manche! We need to be in Europe but not the Euro-zone. UKIP is a one trick pony leading to disaster.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 291.

    Given that the political clique are so reluctant to let us decide, so much so all of them lied in previous manifestos on the constitutional treaty referendum, and did not let us decide. Perhaps there should be a referendum that isn't binding of any action. Then there would be an up to date public view. Further a huge stick to wield in the EU to get things back, veto on everything for all time etc.

  • Comment number 290.

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

  • rate this
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    Comment number 289.

    @114.LeftLibertarian

    "During the 1975 EEC Referendum Campaign is made quite clear that 'economic integration and closer political union' were the goals of the EEC."

    The official pamphlet used during the campaign...
    http://www.harvard-digital.co.uk/euro/pamphlet.htm

    The nearest to what you claim is 'bring together the peoples of Europe' hardly the claim you make.even allowing for politicians

  • rate this
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    Comment number 288.

    245.Rebecca Rosenthal 0 "........A recent survey showed their voters had the lowest IQ......"

    Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed what you refer to a couple of points. It was a scientifc reserach project, not a survery.

    It showed right wingers had a lower average IQ then left wingers - not all right wingers are thicker than all left, only on averages.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 287.

    @277.drew

    "Many british jobs depend on europe."

    For starters I think eu meant British, Yes the capitalization is important.

    Secondly can you explain how British jobs are at risk. Are you suggesting the EU countries would place trade sanctions on us if we left? (And follow up question: If you answered yes, are you aware that we import more from the EU than we export to them?)

 

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