UKIP – If we die, so does Brexit!

In an article published recently, it was suggested that now was the time to let UKIP die.

The crux of the piece was this: ‘whilst we should be grateful for everything UKIP has done, they’ve had their day and can no longer deliver anything on Brexit’. The suggestion was that instead, we all leave UKIP and join the Tory party to infiltrate from within, Momentum style!

Sadly, I remember all too well the snap election last year, when UKIP decided to stand down against a swathe of Conservatives around the country to “help deliver Brexit”. The premise was a sound one. Allow May & Co a clear run for a majority that could then deliver what we’d all campaigned for – simple!

What was missing from the grand plan was the realisation that hundreds of thousands of people who believe in Brexit wouldn’t touch the Tories with somebody else’s barge pole! They all had their reasons – tribal, trust or tradition –  but ultimately they all realised something that we seemed to momentarily lose sight of. Whatever the problem might be, the Tories are never the solution to it.

The papers over the weekend were riddled with articles outlining the countless ways in which Brexit is going horribly wrong. We had Jacob Rees Mogg breaking cover, and former Cabinet Minister Theresa Villiers saying that the direction of travel over the last year has gone only one way, “towards the dilution of Brexit”.

The Donald commented on the other Theresa’s negotiating skills (or lack thereof) and how he would rightly be much tougher were he in her shoes. Whatever your views on President Trump, he’s a Leader who is clearly willing to put his country first and nobody in UKIP would criticise him for that!

The Sunday Telegraph also raised growing concerns over allegations that civil servants who opposed Brexit are working to force the democratically elected government, led by a weak Prime Minister, into a “soft Brexit”. The government themselves are trying to water down the EU Withdrawal Bill because they’re in fear of getting thumped in the Commons.

As I said, whatever the problem might be, the Tories are never the solution. There is a reason that so many who left us a year ago to join the ‘blue brigade’ are now returning; they quickly discovered that the Tories don’t understand, they don’t believe and they’re in no way worthy of our trust when it comes to delivering our nation’s independence. Let’s not forget, it was them who gave it away in the first place.

Moreover, we now know from bitter experience that what makes UKIP unique is that we really are a refuge for the disenchanted from across the political spectrum. I wouldn’t want to guess how many former Labour or LibDem members we have in our party but I can guarantee it to be a substantial number. You’d have a greater chance of getting them to join the Temperance League than the Tories!

UKIP remains by far and away the largest grassroots organisation prepared to campaign on the ground for a real Brexit, and the kind of separation from the EU that our country voted for and future generations need. UKIP’s involvement isn’t simply preferable, it’s a necessity.

It is blindingly obvious that the time we’ve spent navel-gazing post Referendum has allowed the Remain establishment to take a stranglehold on Britain’s future. We can still save it, and we must.

As somebody who has seen firsthand the brilliance of our party and its members, I can say with absolute authority that the way we guarantee Brexit is not by becoming Tories, but by rebuilding UKIP!

It is clear from everything we read over the weekend, that UKIP must – not should, but MUST – return to the streets to lead the campaign to ensure that Brexit happens. We have much to do to make our party better, more effective, better organised – but if we take our eye off the ball, we will betray the 17.4 million people who trusted us to give them their country back.

We all know the value of the UKIP brand, and how hard it would be to replicate.

Instead, now is the time for anybody who believes in Brexit to come together and work with us in rebuilding the consortium that delivered Brexit; let UKIP sort itself out and develop as it should, with our motivated membership leading the charge in delivering the proper, full-throated Brexit that Jacob Rees-Mogg, Theresa Villiers and others are calling for – and only UKIP’s electoral threat can actually deliver.

Kind Regards

Paul Oakden

Interim Chairman

Stuart Agnew statement

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Dear Member,
Most of the MEPs have resigned their Spokesman positions, but I have not.
Why?
The reason is very simple. Most, if not all of these individuals were supporters of Henry Bolton for his election and now feel the need to publicly distance themselves from him. I on the other hand was the running mate of his chief opponent and feel no need to make any dramatic protest. He is already subject to an EGM where I, again, will vote against him.Meanwhile I will continue to represent the interests of British agriculture on the EU Parliaments AGRI Committee.

Stuart Agnew MEP 

A press release regarding the General Election

The following Press Release was issued by the Chairman:

To achieve our aim of leaving the EU, the UKIP North Norfolk branch will urge all members and supporters to lend their vote in the General Election to the Conservative Candidate.
UKIP will not be fielding a candidate in this constituency as we believe our 8300 votes in the last election lent to the Tories is the only way for the 60% of residents who voted to leave to have their voice heard.

For those who wish to meet the Tory PPC, James Wild, he will be at the hustings at
24th May at 7pm Stalham Baptist Church, (NR12 9AZ)
2nd June at 7.30pm at Cromer Church, (NR27 9HH)
6th June at 7pm at Stalham Baptist Church, (NR12 9AZ)

UKIP Leadership Candidates announced

Taken directly from ukip.org/ukip_leadership_candidates_announced

Published Aug 03, 2016 

“An NEC led panel sat yesterday afternoon to determine the eligibility of those that submitted nomination papers to stand to be UKIP’s new Party Leader. Following their deliberations and a vote on the matter within the NEC, the following have been duly nominated:

Cllr Bill Etheridge MEP

Diane James MEP

Elizabeth Jones

Jonathan Arnott MEP

Cllr Lisa Duffy

Phillip Broughton

“By a clear majority of NEC members Steven Woolfe MEP’s application was considered to be ineligible as a result of a late submission and as such he did not meet the eligibility criteria. His membership of the Party was not in question.”

Returning Officer, Adam Richardson.