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JONATHAN Bullock has described three Tory East Midlands MPs as 'mad, bad and dangerous to know.'
In his speech today to the UKIP conference in Birmingham, Mr Bullock, who is also the party's energy spokesman, said the East Midlands voted to leave the EU but from listening to some of the region's MPs, voters could be forgiven for thinking the opposite.
He told conference: "Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry, is in a state of denial, and now wants a second referendum - because she lost the first.
"Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan, has betrayed her constituents by being elected on a Conservative manifesto to leave the customs union, but now she campaigns to stay in it - even sharing a platform with Nick Clegg and David Miliband to promote this betrayal of the vote of the British people.
"And finally, we have Ken Clarke in Rushcliffe - maybe a nice bloke to have a pint with, but with economically dangerous views - he would have had us join the Euro! Not a person whose advice it would be safe to take.
"Anna Soubry, Nicky Morgan and Ken Clarke - Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know! To paraphrase what was once said, with good reason, about the East Midland's most famous poet, Lord Byron."
Mr Bullock, who sits on the EU's industry and energy committee, went on to outline his views on energy policies in the UK and internationally.
He said: "I have seen first hand the damage being done by the never ending legislation which imposes ever increasing laws on member states in order to try and achieve CO2 emission cuts.
"In energy law, as with all other aspects of the EU, there is no such thing as the status quo. The mechanism to create the European superstate never stops. Ever closer union is the mantra, and ever increasing laws affecting every aspect of daily life, and daily economic life, is the primary way it seeks to achieve it.
"Have you noticed since the Brexit vote, how little we hear in the mainstream media about the new laws being imposed by the EU?
"I'm sure that we can all hazard a guess as to the reason for this. It does not sit well with an agenda that seeks to overturn the vote of the British people either by a BRINO (Brexit in Name Only) or by a second referendum."
He said the EU accounts for only 12 per cent of global emissions - and Britain a mere two per cent - and while China and India are busy building new coal-fired power stations, Britain, and the EU, by chasing CO2 emissions targets are self harming our abilities to trade as a global player in the world.
He added: "The total cost of this legislation has been calculated at an eye-watering £720b over a period of 40 years.
"Clearly subsidies of wind farms and solar farms need to end. Indeed, it was reported in May this year that energy bill payers will have to stump up an extra £1.5b for their energy over the next 15 years under the latest Government auction for low-carbon generation.
"This is above the £150 that the average householder already pays, extra, each year, because of green taxes.
"However, Brexit will give us opportunities in energy policy, as in every other aspect of national life. We have the opportunity not only to move away from the divisive EU policies on energy which are putting jobs at risk - but also the opportunity to remove VAT from domestic fuel and help millions of people at a single stroke."
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