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UKIP & Northern Ireland post-Brexit 2016

By Liz Jones, UKIP Leadership Candidate

 

This is my Leadership campaign policy statement regarding Northern Ireland in a post-Brexit United Kingdom

  1. Agriculture and Fisheries

 

  • I select these two issues first because of their proportionately larger importance to the economy of the Province, than to mainland Britain.
  • I support fully our 2015 Manifesto pledges to bring in a modified Single Farm Payment to replace all CAP subsidies in agricultural land, as well as our recommendations in the 2015 Manifesto for promoting and exploiting our existing good animal husbandry practices as well as encouraging further improvements, as set out fully in the sections on Dairy and Sheep, the Environment, GM Foods, Labelling, and Animal Health & Welfare.
  • I support our two fisheries waters and zones – the 12-mile UK-only zone and the 200-mile exclusive economic zone; I stand by all the proposals in our Fishing Manifesto.

 

  1. Defence

 

  • I have made it a point in my Leadership Hustings campaign speeches and my speech to Young Independence Annual Conference in Manchester, all within the last few weeks, that I want a UKIP government to fully honour our military covenant with HM Armed Forces and their families, dependents and veterans.
  • I want a UKIP government to fully honour our commitment to spend 2% of GDP on our Defence budget.
  • I want to end the rundown of our recruitment of full-time serving members of HM Armed Forces
  • I want a better equipped Army and a Navy with more vessels, fit for the 21st Century – coastal patrols and fisheries protection, rapid response, a nuclear submarine fleet with a fully functioning up-to-date nuclear deterrent and minimum 2 submarines at sea at all times.
  • I will maintain the status of all of our overseas bases including the Falklands Islands, Gibraltar and Cyprus.
  • In the specific case of Northern Ireland, I want to maintain a full Regiment of the Army in Northern Ireland and be ready and capable of responding to any increased security threats in the province, in full accordance with the wishes of the Assembly and the Parties of Northern Ireland and their representatives in Westminster.
  • I will retain a Northern Ireland Office in London and a Northern Ireland Secretary of State in a UKIP government.
  • The financing of this increased military expenditure will come mostly from the current Overseas Aid budget.

 

  1. Brexit and the UK’s Borders

 

  • In general since joining the EU, the UK has allowed the borders of our country to become almost totally porous to one and all and thus we have a colossal number of illegal immigrants and over-stayers within the Realm, some of whom pose a severe security threat. Ironically the only exception to this perilously lax drift away from the protection of our national borders was the higher levels of security at the border between the ROI and Northern Ireland during The Troubles.
  • The UKIP 2015 Manifesto did not address this issue of the UK border with the ROI in light of a decision to leave the EU.
  • Since the Good Friday Agreement there has been a marked increase in two-way cross-border activity between the ROI and Northern Ireland, both legal and illegal.
  • Inevitably as the Party does not yet have a specific policy, and of course neither does HM Government, these are only my draft suggestions to go towards agreeing that policy.
  • We cannot allow a ‘soft’ backdoor for illegal immigration into the UK by maintaining the status quo in Northern Ireland, so there will have to be a re-imposition of border controls between the ROI and Northern Ireland. UKIP’s immigration policy will apply to all visitors to the UK across this border in the same way as all of our other borders and points of entry.
  • I do recognise however that there would be plenty of cases where exceptional arrangements could be negotiated between Dublin, Belfast and London for bi-lateral understandings for ROI and UK citizens – not least for cross-border families, cross-border landholders, frequent crossers (commercial or personal), and even Season Ticket-style arrangements. These would go through a fast-track entry, separate from UK Passport holders and non-UK Passport holders. This would be provisional upon ROI reciprocity. We could call them Special Visa Holders. This occurs in the case of USA-Canada, USA-Mexico, and there was once such an agreement between the UK and the USA as well.
  • A case-by-case review in the event of trade barriers or other unforeseen costs and inhibitions to fair and honest economic and social activity could be addressed by a Joint ROI/UK border body which could be added to one of the several ROI-UK co-operative bodies already in existence.

 

Elizabeth Jones

Deputy Chairman, UKIP Lambeth

20th August 2016

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About Elizabeth Jones (10 Articles)
Elizabeth is an NEC member, Chairman of the UKIP Lambeth branch and a 2016 leadership candidate. She has contested elections for UKIP at local, regional, parliamentary and European level since joining in 2010. She is a family solicitor of some twenty years standing.

8 Comments on UKIP & Northern Ireland post-Brexit 2016

  1. I like the ideas coming from Liz on Northern Ireland, Defence and Agriculture. The 200 miles fishing waters are a must and potential grand prize.

    There is a problem that has been ignored by a succession of governments and that is the debt mountain and an ever growing £5 trillion promised debt for public sector workers. That’s outside the national debt of £1.8 trillion. It should be a requirement that governments put money into a pension pot that would be independently managed for pensions, in the same way as private firms have to do, instead of financing pensions out of the general tax receipts.
    That “pension” money could be a sovereign wealth fund used to help fund British industry or industrial projects and other key British infrastructure projects. A requirement that those entitled to use the fund must be British passport holders, British companies and that it becomes a national asset, where the workers can invest in too.

    One way to fund alot of these infrastructure projects would be Treasury notes (Bradbury Pounds) based on the value of the country. They would work exactly the same way as Bank of England fiat currency but without the usury (interest).

  2. Fiery Celtic women tend to make fun but unstable leaders, as the Iceni found out when they followed Boudicea.

  3. Thank you, Citizenkain, very interesting. I am going to Newport on Friday, I hope it’s not the same there, and I come away inspired!
    To be fair to all the prospective leaders, it is very difficult – too hardline will generate press headlines, too safe and you don’t appeal. And we voters too have to chose between, as someone said here the other day, a leader with a t.v.face who could be seen as prime minister material as far as voters are concerned, and someone prepared to take risks. As someone without inside knowledge of anything UKIP, I have to admit a soft spot for Bill Etheridge’s performance (directed to it by his campaign office) just for his enthusiasm, his remark that if you are in the middle of the road you get run over, and his willingness to take on the BBC. However, I know he has aleniated some people with remarks I haven’t been able to find about ‘bigots’ and Islam, so most probably not my choice.
    Diane James’s Eastleigh Utube performance was credible in that she was measured, presentable and wants party reform – but in no way rousing, and she swept a question about Halal into the long grass.
    So it comes down to what is the best option for UKIP leader from the choice available. For me, reform of Welsh UKIP, Brexit and Islamic ideology are the things I would like to be confident that a leader will deal with. Diane promises reform and Brexit, but is that enough? Perhaps we are expecting too much. Perhaps policies will evolve once we have a credible, electable party, which we aren’t at the moment.

  4. Diane James and Philip Broughton are the candidates who have not bothered to address the readership of ukipdaily so far. What the latter has to say does not interest me as much as what Diane has to say, considering that she is ‘favourite’ to win. I thought that as Diane had gone to the trouble of swerving the Hustings and organising her own tour, each event would be something special and game-changing. From citizenkains account it seems not, but at least the north west members had the chance to judge for themselves whereas we in the north east don’t exist on the map, apparently.
    I don’t pretend to know enough about Northern Ireland to assess Liz Jones’ policy statement on that region, but this is the second time she has posted statements on here, which shows a willingness to be inclusive and reach more members than the Hustings can. This raises her in my estimation.
    All a candidate has to do is submit a speech or statement they have made at one of their public appearances; surely that is not difficult to do.

  5. Thank you for the insights. Enough said.

  6. Dear Liz, well done on the substance of your mailings. It is really good that you are seeking to address issues directly. As for a fully costed manifesto, that is cloud cuckoo land.
    If we see average growth of 2% to 2020 there will be a taxable income of £683b. Pensions will continue to rise by 5% per annum till then to £192b due to the baby boom. Healthcare will also rise with inflation to £143b. Welfare is the area to tackle but will likely also rise by inflation to £123b. Education will consume £96b, ex-EU subsidies £4.8b, subsidies to renewables £6.8b, HS2 £10b, and interest on outstanding dept £85b. All the outgoings so far total £660.6b leaving a mere £22.4 for all other departments including the military which is supposed to get £40b which is 2% of GDP (5.7% of GNI). By 2020 this government will likely be 4 years into the building of HS2 having already spent £40b on it. Note there is nothing left to invest in nuclear or combined cycle gas turbine electricity generating stations to keep the light on. And still a massive deficit. Something has got to give!

  7. I went to see the Diane James roadshow in Manchester last night ( Monday 22 August). It was disappointing! An audience dominated by sycophants and a candidate marked by blandness and platitudes. Any uncomfortable truth was simply brushed under the carpet including postal voting fraud and the whole issue of the ideology of islam. Diane James was not even prepared to give special status to Christianity which has been part of the bedrock of our island for 1,400 years.
    Diane James may have much to recommend her of which I am unaware but she lacks passion and a wide insight into the manifold and sometimes conflicting issues that a Leader would have to deal with. Her knowledge of manufacturing seems dire and to the North of England she would come across as a May clone.
    I take absolutely no pleasure in posting this and for the sake of the party I hope I am wrong.

    • James doesn’t have the mind for the job. It would be interesting to be able to go to her home & see her library (if she has one in the first place), which I suspect would consist of little more demanding than Jeffrey Archer/Patricia Cornwell fare. Maybe that would make an interesting leadership election qualification requirement – each candidate should have to display photos of their personal libraries – maybe the N.E.C. should bring that rule in before Farage has it abolished? However, maybe not, as the candidates that were lacking in this regard would probably rush out to the nearest charity junk shop to buy a bagful of “clever” titles to fill the shelves up with before taking the pic, annulling the effectiveness of the assay. Maybe the N.E.C. could organize it as a dawn raid or somesuch, just turning up on the candidates door-steps unannounced at some ungodly hour to take the photos …?

      Anyway, aside from her lack of cerebral(ness) she will not appeal to the working class voters of the Midlands & North that UKIP has to capture electorally to replace Labour as the radical alternative in England’s politics; if UKIP doesn’t do this it has no future.

      She’s a competent national media performer (the only one of the candidates who is), & this is an important quality, but that’s about all there is to her as a candidate as far as I can see, & it’s not enough.

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