Here’s why we need to get tough in negotiatons with EU

I never thought that Boris Johnson would win the Conservative Party leadership. Indeed, I predicted in my book that he wouldn’t make the final two. But I was wrong in that I expected he would stand.

Is Boris Johnson really the person we could see as a future Prime Minister? Is he the right person to negotiate our future trade deal with the European Union? He did go up in my estimation during the referendum campaign, but not enough to suggest that I’d want him as PM.

We need a tough negotiator. We need someone who will understand some fundamental principles of negotiation. Let’s talk about how I buy a car.

Firstly, I don’t take someone with me who’s going to tell me that the car is worth the asking price and I’ll never get a better deal. If I’m trying to haggle down the price, having a friend there telling me not to haggle is going to cost me a lot of money.

A lot of the Remain campaigners told us during the campaign that we could never get a good deal with the European Union. Okay, fair enough, they were campaigning for a Remain vote. Then we voted to Leave and they continued to say it. That’s quite irresponsible actually; it’s making it harder for us to negotiate a better deal.

Secondly, I ask for a better deal than the one I’m actually going to get. If I ask for the deal I really want, then I’ve got no room for manoeuvre.

Thirdly, I play to my strengths. I talk up the value of my trade-in car. If I can afford to pay in cash, I tell them it’s a hassle-free sale. If I’m taking their finance deal, I point out they’ll make profit on the finance deal.

We should play up our strengths in this renegotiation too. When we have 6 of the world’s top 25 universities, and the rest of the EU has none, don’t they want us to collaborate with them on research? When we’re major net importers from the EU, don’t they want to continue selling into our market? When we’re a permanent member of the UN Security Council and global leaders in security and intelligence, don’t they want an information-sharing agreement with us? Don’t they want to be able to trade freely with the world’s 5th-largest economy?

Fourthly, be prepared to walk away. Ultimately if I go to buy a car, and the dealership isn’t playing ball, I have to be willing to walk out of the door. As I leave, they always call me back and suddenly find that they can offer me a better deal.

So, we need to recognise that trading on World Trade Organisation terms would cost the EU more than it costs us. For every £1 (NET) we currently give the EU, we’d be paying 66p in tariffs. I mean hey, we could even pay the tariffs directly from the Treasury and our businesses would be no worse off. But the EU’s businesses would have to pay our government far more in tariffs. We’d be getting the better end of the deal.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s all sorts of reasons why the WTO+ option isn’t ideal. But we can’t be scared by it: it’s a worse deal for them than it is for us.
If we want a really, really good deal with the EU then we need to be prepared to do some tough negotiating.

The United Kingdom has voted to Leave the European Union

North East UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott said, “This is a tremendous day for Britain and for our democratic process.

“The people of the North East have led the way in voting clearly for Brexit. The British people as a whole have spoken and we have regained control over our own destiny.

“Now the hard work begins: we must now deal with our European colleagues as friends and neighbours and negotiate a deal for the future which allows us to trade freely with the EU, control our borders and work together for our mutual benefit.

“I am immensely proud of everyone who worked tirelessly to achieve this referendum result. We must now be vigilant to ensure that our government sticks to its promises and respects the result of the referendum.”

Why people in the North East should vote Leave

The North East is a region with a proud manufacturing tradition. A region which makes things and sells them, a region of agriculture and of fisheries.

Today it’s the region with the highest unemployment in the land. Not all of this is the European Union’s fault, but an awful lot is. It’s the European Union that has made life unnecessarily difficult for our farmers, it’s the European Union that has allowed foreign-flagged vessels to overfish our waters and expects us to be grateful, and it’s the European Union that has made it so difficult for us to protect our manufacturing and steel industry.

How will a vote to leave change things? Firstly, we’ll be better off financially. Despite some ridiculous fudging of figures from Remain to claim that we’re net recipients from the EU (it wasn’t true when the claim originated in 2012, we’ve got a worse deal now than we had then, and after EU expansion we’ll get an even smaller share of the pie) the fact remains that we can replace every penny of EU funding and still have £9-£10 billion a year left in change. By doing that funding ourselves directly we’ll cut out the middleman and be able to ensure that money goes to projects which we know will actually achieve the stated aims.

Secondly, we’ll regain control of our fisheries and our 200-mile limit. The North East is a coastal region, more dependent upon fishing than most. That means more jobs.

Thirdly, we’ll subsidise our farmers in a more efficient way than the EU’s awful Common Agricultural Policy. Less bureaucracy for farmers, more time spent farming, and a fair system to protect them. That also means more jobs.

Fourthly, our manufacturing base can recover. We’ll have the power to directly deal with Chinese steel dumping and save what’s left of our steel industry. We’ll be able to deregulate and make manufacturing more competitive. We’ll regain the power to sign our own trade deals, which will again help manufacturing. The Remain campaign threatens us with a weaker pound if we vote for Brexit. I’m not sure there’ll be a long-term effect – but if there is, that’ll make our exports even more competitive! That’s even more jobs.

We’ll get the same things as the rest of the country too: our democracy and independence back, and the control over our own borders.

So here’s the question: will you believe Remain’s Project Fear over Nissan (despite the fact that Paul Wilcox of Nissan Europe stated five times on the Today Programme that their commitment to the UK is long-term irrespective of the referendum result)? Or will you listen instead to businesses like JCB and innovative employers like Dyson, which support Brexit?

Cautious welcome for Lord Heseltine proposals

Local MEP Jonathan Arnott has given a cautious welcome to plans outlined by Lord Heseltine for Teesside after the peer issued an independent report in which he says the Tees Valley can become a “bustling powerhouse of economic activity”.

The report’s proposals include a new development corporation, more starter homes and plans to encourage tourism. It comes in the wake of the closure of Redcar’s SSI steelworks which led to the loss of 3,000 jobs.

Mr Arnott, UKIP Euro-MP, has always been particularly fervent about the need for employment and development in the region, particularly following losses in the steel industry.

“I would love to believe that Lord Heseltine’s 90 page report will actually bring about the economic boost the area so desperately needs. Whilst the report isn’t perfect, he has managed to identify some positive steps forward which could help local people, particularly in Redcar.

“Whether or not our Conservative government is likely to act on this report is the big unanswered question. They have a lot of work to do to counter the local air of cynicism about the so-called Northern Powerhouse.

“It was a huge focus of the campaign to get them elected, but local people are more interested in actual tangible investment and jobs – until now the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has been seen by many as little more than a spin doctor’s catchy phrase masking the reality of underinvestment and lack of interest in the North East,” said Mr Arnott.

675 million more reasons to leave the EU

Figures showing that the European Union lost an estimated £675m to fraud last year is 675m more reasons why the UK should leave, said UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott today.

“ The fact that the figure lost is only 0.6% of the EU budget demonstrates how monstrously huge and bloated the bloc has become and this situation will only get worse,” said Mr Arnott, North East Euro MP.

Details from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) show that many of the 1,400 bogus claims investigated were from the poorer countries of Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

“It is all very well saying that the payments to dishonest claimants has fallen by £10m compared to the previous year, it is still a lot of taxpayers money.

“And everyone knows that Turkey is beating on the gates to join the club adding another 77m people who will also be eligible for funds and have the freedom to come here,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP’s EU Budget spokesman.

“The bigger the EU becomes, with its seemingly insatiable expansionist plans, the greater the risk of fraud. “

Jonathan Arnott MEP reacts angrily to remarks from Pat Glass MP

North East UKIP Euro-MP Jonathan Arnott has reacted angrily Shadow Europe Minister Pat Glass MP calling a member of the public a ‘horrible racist’ for daring to raise concerns about immigration.

Pat Glass, MP for North-West Durham, has been playing a leading role in the Remain campaign for the Labour Party.

She made her comment during a recording for BBC Radio Derby after unnamed voter had referred to a Polish family living in the town.

Jonathan Arnott MEP said “Those of us who hold an elected office are here to represent people, from all walks of life, and to recognise their legitimate concerns. It’s utterly irresponsible for a senior elected politician to brand people with concerns about immigration as being racist, or in this case, ‘a horrible racist’. By smearing those she disagrees with, genuine and honest debate is suppressed.

“It’s also completely untrue for her to suggest that even if we leave the European Union, we must have a deal which will result in free movement of people from the European Union.

“Even Liechtenstein has a deal which doesn’t require them to accept free movement of people. Is she seriously suggesting that the United Kingdom, which is the world’s fifth-largest economy, couldn’t negotiate a deal that’s better than theirs?”

What are the EU trying to hide?

What are they trying to hide? That was the question on the lips of UKIP’s EU Budget Spokesman Jonathan Arnott MEP, after the European Commission announced this week that it would delay the presentation of their draft budget for 2017 until after the British referendum scheduled for June 23.

Officially, there is no link between the referendum and the delayed presentation of the budget, but Jonathan Arnott feels that this doesn’t tell the full story.

“The Commission has delayed the budget presentation until after June 23, claiming that it needs ‘more time’ to analyse the cost of the migration crisis. I think what they actually want is more money, not more time, and they don’t dare ask us for it until after the referendum.

“The European Union has spectacularly mishandled the recent mass moves of migration, and no doubt they’ll be expecting us to foot the bill. If the British people vote to remain in the EU, with all the bad EU news currently being buried people may well wake up in July with an EU-inflicted hangover.”

The current immigration figures are unsustainably high

While a debate rages about which immigration figures are the most accurate North East MEP Jonathan Arnott has pointed out that both unsustainably high.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggest 257,000 EU migrants migrated to the UK between September 2014 and September 2015 but statistics for the same period show 630,000 National Insurance numbers were allocated to EU nationals, which was 7% higher than the previous year.

The ONS and the government claim the NI numbers are not a good way of measuring immigration and say the International Passenger Survey provides the best estimate.

“It obviously suits the government to prefer the method giving the lowest estimate but even using the ONS figures that is still far too many EU migrants coming here thanks to the freedom movement rules,” said Mr Arnott.

“The International Passenger Survey involves giving a questionnaire to people at random as they arrive at sea and airports. In this day and age that is hardly a modern or accurate method. It’s like ‘guess the number of sweets in a jar’ competition except it is actually possible to count the sweeties.

“I am particularly concerned about the effect uncontrolled immigration has in the North East which suffers from high unemployment with the knock-on effect that has on the community.

“There is only one way to get a grip on immigration and that is to leave the EU and regain control of our borders. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do that by voting for Brexit on June 23,” said Mr Arnott.

EU plans to ban toasters are on hold – until after the referendum

Plans by the EU to ban yet more high powered domestic appliances neatly demonstrates their interfering ways, said MEP Jonathan Arnott, today.

The proposals affecting items such as toasters, kettles and hair dryers have been in the pipeline for more than two years but have been kept on a back burner.

Now it has been revealed that the bureaucrats intend to go ahead with the ‘ecodesign’ restrictions –  but not until after next month’s referendum.

“They are quite right to think this will cause outrage in the UK, just as the earlier bans on powerful vacuum cleaner and some electric ovens did,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP Euro-MP for the North East.

“They have deliberately delayed implementing the latest bans until after June 23 as they know it will encourage yet more people to vote Leave in the referendum.

“All of this is to meet their ridiculous self-imposed target of energy savings of 30 % across the EU by 2030 to tackle climate change.

“We must be free to make our own decisions in this country affecting our own lives, not be dictated to from Brussels. Our politicians are quite capable to making them in our own best interest, not the one size-fits-all mentality of the EU.

“The referendum is a once-in-a-generation chance to break free and regain our freedom to make our own choices for the benefit of our businesses and individuals alike.

“These restrictions on small household appliances will be just the forerunner of a deluge of such prohibitions coming our way if we stay in this failing economic bloc,” added Mr Arnott.

UKIP win 3 seats in Hartlepool

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Congratulations to our new UKIP Hartlepool Councillors John Tennant, Bob Buchan and Shane Moore!

Our strong team of five Councillors will now form the official opposition on Hartlepool Council.

The newly elected Councillors in Hartlepool have made the following statements:

Shane Moore: “I am immensely proud to have been elected to represent Headland and Harbour and pay tribute to my family and friends who have helped me over the line. UKIP is on the rise in Hartlepool and we intend to lead by example, creating an effective opposition to the unpopular Labour group.”

Bob Buchan “I’d like to thank the people of Fens and Rossmere for giving me a strong mandate, their confidence will be honoured and I shall get on with the job of being a good, trustworthy and effective Councillor”

John Tennant ” I’m hugely honoured to be elected on May 5th and indeed incredibly pleased with our results overall, UKIP is the opposition in Hartlepool and we have demonstrated that. I look forward to putting Labour under the microscope and fight hard for my ward residents

UKIP North East MEP Jonathan Arnott commented “I am absolutely delighted that UKIP is now the official opposition on Hartlepool Council. We have fought a great campaign, gained three seats, and could easily have gained more. The gains are a credit to everyone who helped to turn huge swathes of this town purple.

The real hard work starts now. We have to prove that our new councillors can do an excellent job in representing their constituents. We have toprove that UKIP can be a credible opposition in the Council chamber, holding an appallingly complacent Hartlepool Labour Party to account. I know that John, Shane and Bob will relish the opportunity to do just that.

But it’s not just in Hartlepool where we’re making progress. UKIP activists have worked incredibly hard to achieve good results across the region. It’s heartening to see just how many places there now are where UKIP are strong, credible challengers to Labour and this bodes well for our future in Sunderland, Newcastle and South Tyneside. When we have the results for North Tyneside and Gateshead, I’m sure they will be just as positive.”

Results:

Fens and Rossmere:

Bob Buchan (UKIP) 1191

Tom Casey (Green) 134

Dennis Loynes (Con) 240

Ann Marshall (Lab) 769

Headland and Harbour:

Jim Ainslie (Lab) 617

Chris Broadbent (Con) 117

Shane Moore (UKIP) 619

Jesmond:

Robbie Payne (Lab)

648 John Tennant (UKIP) 754

Jayne Wells (Con) 150