News of the UKIP’s demise is certainly premature

“Over this past few days it has been interesting to hear and read the General Election manifestos of both Conservatives and Labour. Interesting because there is a feeling of deja vu, having seen most of them in the UKIP manifesto from 2014. Yesterday Labour announced they would cease tuition fees. Again a UKIP pledge.

What makes this interesting is so many of the political pundits and analysts, both locally and nationally, are hell bent on declaring ‘UKIP is Dead’ and ‘UKIP’s job is done with Brexit’.

If we look at the evidence some different conclusions can be drawn.

Arguably, in the history of British politics, there has never been a Party that has welded  so much influence on all Parties policies, while effectively sitting outside Westminster. Few can disagree that without UKIP there would not have been an EU referendum or Brexit. This in itself prompted a sea change in Conservative and even Labour thinking.

Now we find UKIP ideas and policies are being taken up by the main Parties. This should not be a surprise as UKIP, over the years, has adopted a ‘bottom up’ approach whereby they have listened to the ordinary person in the constituencies and not been a member of any exclusive group, mostly based in London.

Now the Conservatives have followed the UKIP path, where will that leave the pathfinder? Much will depend on the General Election results. UKIP could win fewer votes but win a number of seats. The current Westminster voting system does not work in UKIP’s favour, however for now we have to work within the present system.

From its early days when it opposed the introduction of the Euro, UKIP has sought to represent all the people and areas of the United Kingdom.

News of the UKIP’s demise is certainly premature. Now more than ever the Party needs not only to be present, as it will continue to be, both in the European Parliament to secure Brexit but also at home to ensure no backsliding by the Government.

UKIP looks forward to completing the job of leaving the EU and establishing trade and commerce with the rest of the world. It needs to continue its work to strengthen the United Kingdom and its component parts. Above and beyond Brexit; UKIP’s Common-sense Policies are called that for a reason – they are common sense.”

According to UKIP’s David Jones “UKIP is not finished. In fact it is only beginning”.

UKIP – Putting Country before Party

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.

Support Brexit Candidates in Northern Ireland

UKIP Councillor David Jones has called for the people of Northern Ireland to support Brexit candidates in the forthcoming General Election.

“Speaking at the launch of his Party’s election campaign in Newry, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, said that Northern Ireland must remain in the EU.

Changed times from 1974 when Sinn Fein actively campaigned against Ireland joining the EU; as it would, in their opinion, lose it’s national identity. Changed times indeed; however we should not be surprised at Sinn Fein U-turn, after all Sinn Fein are an opportunist party. Their only reason for wanting to remain in the EU is to weaken Northern Ireland’s British identity and it’s place within the United Kingdom.

Even his economic argument is flawed. He stated that all of Ireland should remain in the EU in order to benefit from the Common Agricultural Programme and the Peace Process. On the economic argument Adams forgets Irish Farmers, businesses and small traders do over one billion euro of business with the United Kingdom every week. The EU has been allowed to plunder the fisheries of Irish waters for years and now wants to impose a Common Consolidated Corporation Tax, which would remove Ireland’s ability to collect tax from companies who’s headquarters are located in the Republic of Ireland.

As for the benefits to the Peace Process, we can only assume these are the so-called benefits to Sinn Fein linked groups, that prevent Sinn Fein/IRA from returning to violence.

Clearly, Gerry Adams realises Brexit not only means Northern Ireland leaving the EU and remaining in the United Kingdom but also that hopes of a United Ireland disappear.

It is therefore important that everyone in Northern Ireland supports Brexit candidates in the General Election.

The United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave the EU and that’s what will happen”