Early EU poll is Ukip’s ‘red line’


Published: Friday 13th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Ukip would only be willing to prop up a Conservative government following this year’s general election if David Cameron offered an early referendum “conducted on the right terms”, Nigel Farage has said.

Mr Farage said that an in/out referendum on UK membership of the EU was Uk ip’s “absolute red line” in negotiations on the formation of a Government if the May 7 poll produces a hung Parliament.

And the Ukip leader said that this meant there was “no possibility” of any deal with Labour unless it changes its current position that it will hold a public vote only if there is a new EU treaty transferring powers to Brussels.

Speaking on his call-in show on LBC radio, Mr Farage said: “If Ukip do well on May 7 and find ourselves in a position of influence at Westminster, our absolute red line for trying to help anybody form a Government would have to be that we want a referendum.

“At the moment, that means there is no possibility of us even talking to the Labour Party.

“What we would say to Mr Cameron is we want a referendum, we want an early referendum, but we also want it conducted on the right terms.”

Asked whether he could do a deal with Boris Johnson if he became Tory leader, Mr Farage said that the London Mayor’s position on Europe was “a great mystery to me – it appears to change every week”.

Fielding calls from listeners, Mr Farage also highlighted statistics that around 250,000 immigrants came to the UK last year, compared to an annual average between 1950 and 2000 of 30,000.

“Many of them are young people who want to get on and naturally, because of their age, they in turn are having more children,” he said. “So we have had a rocketing population over the last few years and the impact on schools, hospitals, roads and everything else is absolutely mad.

“We have to build a new property every seven minutes in this country just to cope with immigration into Britain. That, I think is a sobering thought in what is now the most overcrowded country in Europe.”

Mr Farage also said Ukip wanted “flatter, simpler” taxes, but denied that he was proposing a flat tax system. He denounced Parliament’s first-past-the-post electoral system as “bankrupt” and called for voters to be given the power to call referendums on issues of concern.

Published: Friday 13th February 2015 by The News Editor

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