Article 50 triggered

Paul Nuttal. UKIP Leader
Paul Nuttal. UKIP Leader

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall issued the following statement earlier:

“Today the Government has finally acted on the historic decision of the people of this country to leave the European Union.

“Finally, nine months after our vote the UK hasl formally informed the EU that we are leaving.

“UKIP is delighted that this is eventually happening. 24 years ago this party was formed to make this a reality, so it would be churlish to complain. We have been ignored, dismissed insulted and abused, but through determination and with good humour we fought on and we have succeeded.

“The nine-month delay has, of course cost the taxpayer additional billions, and has allowed those who would block the democratic will of the people to do all they can to spread discord, but we are here now.

“While negotiations continue we will continue to be the ‘guard dogs of Brexit’, holding the Government’s feet to the fire at home and our MEPs will be working to ensure our friends on the continent do not pull any fast ones.

“We will provide the political threat to ensure no backsliding takes place and ensure that Brexit does indeed mean Exit.

“With our six key tests we have set out a reasonable and clear position by which the Government’s negotiations can be held to account.

“But today, for now, we wish the Government and the Prime Minister well.

“If they fail in this historic task, 17 million people are ready to act.”

6 key tests to prove Brexit means Exit

1. The Legal Test: 

Parliament must resume its supremacy of law-making with no impediments, qualifications or restrictions on its future actions agreed in any leaving deal. Britain must wholly remove itself from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. No
undertaking shall be given in the leaving agreement that constrains the UK to being an ongoing member of the European Court of Human Rights.

2. The Migration Test: 

Britain must resume full control of its immigration and asylum policies and border controls. There must be no impediments, qualifications or restrictions agreed to in any leaving deal. We must not be bound by any freedom of movement obligation. The
departure terms must facilitate the Government finally making good on its broken promise to cut net annual net migration to the tens of thousands.

3. The Maritime Test: 

Joining the EEC involved a betrayal of our coastal communities at the behest of a previous Tory prime minister. They must not be betrayed again. Leaving the EU must involve restoring to the UK full maritime sovereignty. The UK must resume complete control of its maritime exclusive economic zone – stretching 200 miles off the coast or to the half-way point between the UK and neighbouring countries. We must ensure that no constraint other than its own physical capacity or the needs of stock preservation or replenishment – as decided upon by the UK Parliament – applies to our fleet. This will give our fishing industry a long overdue chance to recover.

4. The Trade Test: 

The UK must retake its seat on the World Trade Organisation and resume its sovereign right to sign trade agreements with other countries. The UK must have full legal rights to set its own tariff and non-tariff barriers consistent with WTO rules. This means
leaving the EU single market and customs union. Continued tariff-free trade, with no strings attached, may be offered to the EU, but if the EU declines the offer then WTO terms are the acceptable fall-back position. Post departure, both sides will have the ability to further liberalise trade on the basis of mutual gain.

5. The Money Test: 

There must be no final settlement payment to the EU, and no ongoing payments to the EU budget after we have left. We must also reclaim our share of financial assets from entities such as the European Investment Bank, in which it is estimated that some £9bn of UK money is vested.

6. The Time Test: 

Given that David Cameron held the referendum so early in the Government’s term of office, it is clearly reasonable to expect the Brexit process to be completed well before the next General Election. To go into the 2020 election with loose ends left untied or an open-ended transition still in progress would risk plunging the country into a new era of uncertainty and emboldening those who wish to overturn the referendum result. That is unacceptable. So Brexit must be done and dusted before the end of 2019.

Terrorism: Fine words are not enough

Paul Nuttal. UKIP Leader
Paul Nuttal. UKIP Leader

Paul Nuttall, the UKIP leader has called for action following the Jihadist attack on Westminster. He pointed out that the BBC security editor Frank Gardner has revealed that the security services must now track more than 3,000 Islamic extremists and that there are simply too many to track all the time. This is up from 1,000 a few years ago. So this problem is getting worse and is now out of control.

Mr Nuttall said, “It is estimated that more than 400 jihadis have been allowed back to the UK from Syria – this is grossly irresponsible. With the military defeat of ISIS in Mosul and the likely defeat in Syria thousands of battle hardened terrorists are likely to be fleeing into Europe, with many expected to try to enter the UK. Nobody who chose to fight for ISIS should be allowed back.

“Though we now know that the individual concerned was born in the UK this shows that we clearly have an integration crisis. It is time for the Government to actually start confronting practices that are dividing off Muslim communities; FGM, sharia tribunals, first cousin marriage, forced marriage, so-called “honour” violence etc etc. All are unacceptable in Britain.

“Muslim communities must do far more to cut this cancer out of their midst. We need a more rigorous and assertive official approach on this. There should be no more pussyfooting around agonising whether “Prevent” strategies risk stigmatising people. Muslim citizens – just like non-Muslim ones – need to know it is simply unacceptable to be aware of radicalisation but to withhold information from the authorities.

“UKIP will be the party that tells it as it is on these issues. We are on a disastrous path because of political correctness from establishment politicians.

“I urge the Government to stop all Saudi funding of UK Mosques. The Government should seize assets if necessary. To do anything less is effectively to be complicit in radicalisation.

Nuttall went on, “Nobody should be claiming anymore that this stuff has “nothing to do with Islam”. These acts are motivated by religious zealotry and are accurately described as Islamic extremism/terrorism as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon finally acknowledged on behalf of the Government today.

“We remember PC Palmer and his sacrifice, and send our thoughts and prayers to all the innocents from the UK and around the world affected by this act of terrorism.

“But while we do so we must act efficiently and quietly to ensure that this cannot happen again. Fine words are not enough”.

Kersten England, the CEO of Bradford Council earns £182,064 per year

Yet again I am appalled at the salary of Kersten England, the CEO of Bradford Council; £182,064 per year with an increase of £1,820 due in April. I have read the comments of Susan Hinchcliffe and Simon Cooke and find it difficult to comprehend their thoughts in these times of austerity. The Chief Executive’s job must be out of this world doing what has been mentioned by Susan Hinchcliffe!

But can we now please face reality. The Chief Executive simply runs Bradford Council, whereas the Prime Minister runs the country and is paid some £30,000 less, at a mere £150,402. Let’s ask ourselves, just who has more responsibility?

Let’s find someone else who would do just as good a job and not waste monies on cycle lanes costing £29 million and City Park mirror pools costing £24 million. I am all for regeneration but at a realistic price. Let’s look after the people of Bradford & District first and foremost; then we can look at more realistic projects such as social care,school places,roads and footpaths.

Stephen Henry

Response to Max Hey’s letter in the T&A on March 13th

I refer to Max Hey’s letter in the T&A on March 13th.

Oh how I chuckle as people go to desperate lengths to discredit UKIP.

If the party wasn’t proving itself to be a threat to the out-of-touch Westminster elite, then people wouldn’t bother trying to spread misleading information about UKIP.

But UKIP are a threat to the traditional LabLibCon parties. Hence Mr Hey feels the need to refer to various comments by Paul Nuttall, the UKIP leader, made 6 years ago.

Does Mr Hey not have anything current to talk about?

Would a letter be published in the T&A that refers to any of Jeremy Corbyn’s comments 6 years ago? No, I think not. So let’s get back to 2017 and set out UKIP’s policy on the NHS correctly.

UKIP is fully committed to keeping the NHS free at the point of delivery for UK citizens. It will integrate adult social care into the NHS and deliver enhanced mental health services, with significant £multi-billion extra funding for the NHS. Fact.

Sara Hardman

What the Council spends its money on.

I refer to Mr Lightfoot’s letter on Thursday, querying what the Council spends its money on. The Council website is a source of much information, especially regarding the Council’s wages bill.

Our 90 district Councillors (yes 90!) not only had their basic salaries, but more than 70 of them received a Special Responsibility Allowance, totalling £589,260 last year.

A fair few Councillors earnt over £40-50k. Justified? Well they do have lots of responsibility, looking after the Council’s services, revenue and costs each year. But then I discover there is also a Chief Executive with a team of at least 8 Directors and 18 Assistant Directors. Of these, 7 earnt over £100k and 4 earnt between £95-100k.

The Chief Executive earnt a staggering £178,476 last year. Top profit-making companies often pay this amount to attract the right kind of people to their top positions. But the Council is not a profit-making company; it is a public service body operating for the good of its residents.

The Prime Minister, with far greater responsibility, only earns £142,500; how can the Chief Executive of Bradford Council earn more???

The mantra of “we’re all in this together” isn’t really working.

Sara Hardman, Falcon Road, Bingley