European leaders have no place stirring up old troubles in Northern Ireland

It is a disgrace that the European Union is using the tragedy of Northern Ireland to try to split Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom. Worse still that the inexperienced Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar is allowing himself and the prosperity of the Irish people as sacrificial lambs on the altar of European Union ambition.

David Coburn MEP said, “Of course we can have a soft border between the two parts of Ireland by mutual consent and reasonable behaviour which the EU does not seem inclined to do through reasons of bitterness and arrogance.

“The European Union has no business trying to interfere in the internal arrangements of the United Kingdom in either Northern Ireland nor Scotland.

“Great Britain has not tried to exacerbate or exploit the EU’s problems regarding Spain and Catalonia for political advantage over Brexit as the EU has done.

“The EU should respect our territorial integrity.

“I discussed these matters in a private meeting with President Juncker who told me it would be improper for him and the EU to interfere in the internal affairs of nation states  in regard to both Scotland and Catalonia. This should also apply to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

“Perhaps Monsieurs Barnier and Verhofstadt have failed or do not care to understand this concept.  They seem particularly bitter Euro enthusiasts with an axe to grind and the last people to be conducting negotiations.”

David Coburn meets Jean-Claude Juncker


Public realm work dumped

Following what appears to have been an accident at the Post Office roundabout in Bangor the highly prized railings have been unceremoniously dumped in the adjacent flower beds.

Wouldn’t you think, given the no doubt considerable cost of the fittings, someone in authority would have taken the railing into storage whilst the damaged barrier was being repaired.

As we see with the pavement lighting, which seems to almost constantly in need of attention, the public realm works appears very high maintenance.

FIFA Precedent is clear – Northern Ireland should get replay

On 12th November 2016, South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 due to the awarding of a penalty for a non-existent handball. After reviewing the incident, the referee admitted afterwards that an error was made.

The immediate FIFA response to the public outcry was to investigate, then ban the referee. A ruling was also made that the tie in question should be replayed as soon as possible.

Northern Ireland suffered an almost identical fate when this poor decision was made by the match official in the home tie of their World Cup playoff with Switzerland.

Other senior referees and officials, current players, former players, experts, journalists and the vast majority of neutral observers managed to spot that this penalty should never have been awarded in the first place.

Crucially, the match referee himself has now admitted that he made an error in awarding this penalty. Cruelly, this poor penalty decision was ultimately the deciding factor in the fixture and has cost Northern Ireland dearly.

Given there is a clear precedent for reviewing such a contentious decision; we fully endorse the petition and the calls for an investigation into the match official’s handling of this decision – and we support calls for a replay of this tie to take place as soon as possible.

The petition can be found at this link:

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Help Stop The Great Brexit Betrayal of our Fishing Communities

In our update yesterday, we gave details of a press release by our Assistant Deputy Leader, Mike Hookem MEP. You can see the full release below.

Mike has been working tirelessly to support out beleaguered fishing communities and now,  those communities have received another slap in the face after George Eustice announced in the House of Commons that ‘technical measures’ of the Common Fisheries Policy will be included in Theresa May’s flagship Repeal Bill.


Mike will continue to give his full commitment to supporting our fishing communities, to ensure they get the 200-mile exclusive economic zone that we are entitled to under international law

This petition has been launched specifically to force the Government to remove fisheries from Theresa May’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’,

Play your part now in helping to give our fishing communities the future they deserve. Sign the petition below  and encourage anybody you can to do the same thing. If we achieve 100,000 signatures then the Government have to consider the petition for debate. Let’s get them dancing to our tune again!

Sign the petition by following this link:

We must stop the betrayal of Brexit

Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem, has launched a petition to force the Government to remove fisheries from Theresa May’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’, saying, “the inclusion of the Common Fisheries Policy into UK law is an abject betrayal of Brexit.”

Mr Hookem, UKIP’s fisheries spokesman, launched his crusade after George Eustice announced in the House of Commons that ‘technical measures’ of the CFP will be included in Theresa May’s flagship Repeal Bill.

Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “the response to the petition has been amazing so far, with over 6,000 signatures in the first 48 hours. However, we still have a long way to go if we are going to get the 100,000 signatures we need to force a Commons debate.

“Throughout the referendum, the fishing community of Great Britain was one of the loudest voices in the Leave camp, as they have seen first-hand how disastrous EU policy can be to our country.

“The fishing communities simply want the right to make a living through reclaiming the 200-mile exclusive economic zone we are entitled to under international law and repatriating the 70% of the total allowable catch in British waters that are currently taken by EU vessels.

“I for one will support our fishing communities all the way, as I believe, post-Brexit we can achieve the £6.3 Billion boost to the UK economy that the fishing industry is estimated to be worth.

“Fishing means skilled jobs; income into coastal communities; and a huge boost to the national economy.

“However, by taking the CFP into British law using the Great Repeal Bill, the Tories risk handing the EU the opportunity to take the UK to court under the Vienna Convention, citing continuity of rights in the post-transition era.

“This Brexit betrayal must not be allowed to happen, and I urge the whole country to get behind our fishing communities and sign my petition.”

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