Many observers will ask why are UKIP not fielding candidates in Northern Ireland? The answer is simple and straightforward; we are putting country before party at this election. We all know Sinn Fein have sought a border poll for some time. With the local Brexit result, they thought they could bring a United Ireland closer. This election has now effectively turned into a border poll using the excuse of opposing Brexit, along with the SDLP, Alliance, Greens and other likeminded parties.
UKIP is the only national Party with representatives in all four corners of the United Kingdom. We are comfortable in the Union and it is safe with us. As a growing Party we look forward to increased representation at Westminster, throughout the regions and at Council level. We will continue to grow and work for the ordinary people. We are not parochial. We look further afield. We will work to make sure Northern Ireland grows politically and is effectively administered in the areas of Health, education, employment, immigration, infrastructure and the environment. These are the real issues that are important to us all. UKIP was the Party that achieved Brexit. Without us it would not have happened.
Some parties will use every excuse under the sun to attack everything that is British and do everything to weaken our ties with the rest of the United Kingdom. While we are disappointed that greater co-operation between Pro-Union Parties was not achieved for this election, we are confident that there will be opportunities in the future. We would advise everyone to exercise their democratic right to vote in this election by voting for those pro Brexit candidates and for pro Union parties. Use your vote wisely, by ensuring you record your vote and that of your family and friends. Remember our enemies will use this election as a head count to call for a Border poll.