ECJ ruling on wearing religious symbols

Diane James MEP’s Statement on the European Court of Justice ruling in Cases C-157/15 UK Employers may bar staff from wearing visible religious symbols, the European Union’s top court has ruled in its first decision on the issue of women wearing Islamic...

My message for UKIP members all over the country

Friday 16th September 2016 saw UKIP embark on a new era with my election as the new leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party. During my acceptance speech I noted that it is truly an honour to lead UKIP which won the European elections in 2014 and easily came...

The debate on UK security and Brexit rages on

The debate on Security continues, heightened by the latest Brussels attacks so soon after Paris. One can only feel compassion for the Brussels attack victims, as one did for the Paris victims. As Lord Reid said in a TV interview, all this will happen again in the UK....

Improve EU budget by killing quangos!

President Juncker, The European Commission President, has been widely quoted as saying that the EU is running out of money and its budget is too small. It wants to double spending associated with the migration crisis to ‎€10bn, but also emergency aid for North Africa...

Now is the “Winter of our Discontent”

My quote from Shakespeare’s “Richard the Third” is the start of Richard’s soliloquy. I could say that with months of mild weather across Europe and now a serious and rapid cold snap, the main concern in the UK is whether the lights will stay on. There is little wind,...

2016: we are living in “interesting times”

It is a new year and I hope all had some restful time. I wish you the very best for 2016. I could not believe that even on Christmas Day I was getting phone calls and texts demanding instant response on MEP matters! However, I am now seriously back to work and just...

Towards a European Intelligence Agency?

True to form, in the wake of the Paris massacre, the European Union decided it knows best and the European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, called for the setting up of a European Intelligence Agency (EIA) as the means to combat terrorism. Some...

The Death of Schengen?

A fundamental re-think of Schengen has to occur as a first step in the light of the new terrorist environment. Sadly and to put it mildly, fundamental re-thinks are not attributes that are strong points in the repertoire of the EU and the European Parliament. It is...