UKIP MEP Jonathan Bullock has urged people to sign a petition backing the UK's fishing communities

22 November 2017

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Mr Bullock, MEP for Boston, backed his party's fisheries spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, who has blasted a decision by Theresa May's Conservative government to adopt the terms of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy, (CFP), in the forthcoming Great Repeal Bill, saying the decision is "an utter betrayal of the principles of Brexit."
His comments came after Environment Minister, George Eustice told MP's that Britain would leave the CFP on leaving the EU, but the so-called Great Repeal Bill would carry over EU fisheries regulations.
Mr Bullock said: "How can anyone believe Brexit will be delivered, when such a fundamental issue has already been capitulated on?
"Our fishing industry - which, incidentally, could be worth a potential £6.3bn to the UK economy post-Brexit - is on its knees.
"This betrayal means we will have to blindly follow whatever terms Brussels dictates to us on fisheries.
"It's a 'soft Brexit,' when in reality fishing means skilled jobs, income into coastal communities and a provides a huge boost to the national economy. "
Mr Hookem has launched a petition - Stop the Common Fisheries Policy Being Adopted into UK Law Post-Brexit - and Mr Bullock has urged his constituents to sign it.
It states: 'We call on the Government to make the fishing industry a stand-alone entity, outside of the 'Great Repeal Bill,' after revelations that 'technical measures' of the Common Fisheries Policy, (CFP), will be adopted into UK law on our leaving the EU.'
Mr Bullock said: "More than 33,000 have already the petition. I would urge even more people to do so. It is crucial we in UKIP continue to fight for the Brexit the British people voted for."
The petition can be found here - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/204098

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UKIP MEP Jonathan Bullock has urged the Chancellor to seize the initiative for a post-Brexit boom in today's Budget

22 November 2017

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Mr Bullock, MEP for the East Midlands, has again hit back at Project Fear, and agreed with a recent article by Professor David Paton, who holds a chair in industrial economics at Nottingham University Business School.
He wrote: "The UK would have the freedom not only to strike trade deals with non-EU countries, but it could immediately cut the tariffs which we are currently forced to charge on goods coming in from outside the EU.
"Far from leading to an increase in prices as some have suggested, this should lead to significant price cuts, most especially for food, to the benefit of hard-pressed consumers. Lower tariffs on imports would provide a further boost to manufacturers who are already benefiting from a more competitive pound. And, of course, the UK exchequer would benefit from an end to the nearly £10bn net payments to the EU each year."
Mr Bullock said: "I read the Professor's report with interest. The Government strives for a mutually beneficial deal with the EU but we cannot have a deal at all costs and must prepare for no deal.
"It is now time for this Government to seize the moment and start to reap the benefits of the post-Brexit boom. The forthcoming Budget is an ideal chance to do that."
Mr Bullock said the UK's continued membership of the EU has led to tariffs imposed on food from outside the union and meant higher prices for the consumer.
He said: "EU protectionism has acted to disadvantage producers in the poorest countries and divided us from traditional partners in the Commonwealth.
"Brexit has given us the chance to review these injustices and UKIP will be pushing hard to ensure that happens.
"We have criticised the scale of our international aid commitments. Perhaps that aid budget would not be so extensive, but for the economic damage the EU does to developing countries? We want trade not aid.
"We need to grasp how revolutionary Brexit is. Old establishment barriers will come crashing down - and not before time."

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Jonathan Bullock MEP says latest news proves doubters wrong

16 November 2017

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JONATHAN Bullock MEP has said the news from a Northampton components firm that it is to increase its UK facility again proves the Brexit doubters wrong.

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Letter to the Lincolnshire press - another bid to build a huge windfarm next to the Louth Canal has been dismissed by the Secretary of State

16 November 2017

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To The Editor,
Dear Sir,
I see in the local press that another bid to build a huge windfarm next to the Louth Canal has been dismissed by the Secretary of State.
East Lindsey Council had already rejected the proposals and the Secretary of State has now dismissed an appeal by the developers.
The council has said: 'The appeal was dismissed because the harm to the character and appearance of the landscape, the adverse visual impacts, the harm to the nationally listed Thoresby Warehouse and the harm to other heritage assets significantly and demonstrably outweighed the public benefits of providing renewable energy on this site.'
Of course, the council could have added that these wind farms are unreliable and a huge waste of resources and money.

Their location often both irks and worries local people and of course, without huge subsidies it is doubtful many would have been built in the first place. Indeed, the EU push for greater, tax-payer subsidies will simply make rich investors even richer, leaving us with even more uneconomic and unreliable wind farms.
After all, one wonders what the comparison is between the total power generated throughout their life span and the total power used in their construction and subsequent maintenance!
Yours faithfully,
Jonathan Bullock, MEP for Lincolnshire and UKIP spokesman on energy

 

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