I am one of ten Members of European Parliament for the South East England region of the United Kingdom, covering the Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Recent posts and blogs
07Jul 17
EU Army

EU Army

Whether Remainers like to add it or not, the EU's preparations for an Army are well under way. The EU wants to harmonise and consolidate a Common Defence Policy and I don't see any justification in such a military force. This idea is dangerous and counterproductive to peace in Europe.

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06Jul 17
Migrant Crisis

Migrant Crisis

The EU is facing a problem of immense magnitude and completely of its own making: 'the migrant crisis'. One need only go back 2 years and Mrs Merkel’s siren call to would be migrants and the people traffickers. But just like letting the genie out of the bottle, the consequences have proved unstoppable and risk the safety and security of EU Member States’ citizens as well as the migrants themselves. Only the people traffickers are…

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30Jun 17
EU Citizens’ Rights

EU Citizens’ Rights

As expected, the EU has placed EU Citizens' rights at the heart of its Brexit negotiations. In response the UK Government has set out clearly that it has to be reciprocal for all those Brits living and working in EU Member States. The UK has made a series of valid proposals which will respect the wishes of UK voters. Not guaranteeing the privileges of EU Citizens arriving after the cut-off date is a sensible measure.…

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29Jun 17
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

David Davis the UK’s Brexit Minister is looking at plans to continue the use of the EHIC card. Now supposedly, and many people believe so, this card entitles UK citizens to free healthcare in European Member States. If only that were the case! EU citizens of course can use the NHS by way of EU right, but in too many cases this has led to widespread healthcare treatment tourism adding to the pressures on our…

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16Jun 17
The City

The City

London currently clears 75% of global derivative Euro transactions, valued at around $900 billion per day. Despite the global financial centres ranking London in 1st place, just ahead of New York, the EU wants either Frankfurt or Paris to clear these Euro transactions (currently ranked 23rd and 29th respectively!) Let's stop with the EU's control freakery and the fake news!

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15Jun 17
ERASMUS

ERASMUS

Currently all 28 EU Member States are eligible to participate in the ERASMUS+ programme as “Programme Countries”. There are a further 5 non-EU Programme Countries: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Iceland Norway Lichtenstein Turkey But, there are also 23 countries, which neighbour the EU, but are not EU Member States, which participate in the ERASMUS+ programme as “Partner Countries”. For example: Switzerland, Egypt, Russia and Israel. And let’s face it, some of these countries…

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12Apr 17

Diane James Challenges EU Parliament On Proposed Voting Reforms

While appreciating the challenges facing the EU Parliament ahead of Brexit, Diane James MEP has urged the European Parliament to give more detailed consideration to draft plans for a new system of allocating Parliamentary seats across the European Union. Until now, no permanent system has been established and each member state is allocated Parliamentary seats, and consequently its number of MEPs, on a random or ‘pragmatic’ basis prior to each European election. In the view…

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14Mar 17

ECJ ruling on wearing religious symbols

Diane James MEP’s Statement on the European Court of Justice ruling in Cases C-157/15 UK Employers may bar staff from wearing visible religious symbols, the European Union's top court has ruled in its first decision on the issue of women wearing Islamic headscarves at work. "An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination," the Court said in a statement. However,…

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19Sep 16

My message for UKIP members all over the country

Friday 16th September 2016 saw UKIP embark on a new era with my election as the new leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party. During my acceptance speech I noted that it is truly an honour to lead UKIP which won the European elections in 2014 and easily came third by number of votes cast in the 2015 General Election, even if we were handicapped by a flawed and morally bankrupt ‘First Past The Post’…

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09May 16

We need to get off the EU’s escalator to low growth

I am fortunate in having a number of close colleagues outside the European Union and they give some interesting insights on our current debates in the EU and the Parliament over Brexit and the future. I found particular common ground with one such colleague, a former management consultant with much China experience.  Our thoughts dove-tailed in regard to the current Referendum debate. These thoughts are best summarised as: Voters in the UK in this debate are…

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