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Farage: Mr Cameron, why not accept my challenge for a debate?

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European Parliament, Strasbourg, 21 November 2012 Thank you, now for the EFD group, Mr Farage. Mr Cameron heads to Brussels tomorrow, I think on 'mission impossible'. But it is a remarkable debate to think that the European Union is talking about taking another trillion euros from European taxpayers despite the fact that the accounts have not been signed off for 18 years in a row. If this was a company, the directors, or in this case the Commission, would all be in prison. But never mind, Mr Cameron will go and he will argue for a freeze. Or what he means by a freeze -- is the same over-bloated budget with increases for inflation. And that actually is the best, the very best that he can achieve in these negotiations. I have no doubt he will actually come home with the UK taxpayer having an even bigger bill. Well it won't work because the public opinion in Britain is now very clear. What our taxpayers are saying is 'Enough is enough.' No longer do we wish to pay money to Hungarian companies involved in projects that "improve the lifestyle and living standards of dogs". And our patience has completely snapped at such cultural absurdities as the 400,000 euros given to the Flying Gorillas Dance Troupe who using their own language of "rhythm, music and gibberish" -- well they'd fit in here well wouldn't they -- give performances such as the "brilliant 'Smelly Foot Dance' with an acoustic score that includes spectacular belching." No, I'm not making it up. And I think the British public are angry at the fleets of chauffeur driven cars, at the extravagant buildings and the never ending travelling circus that is the European Parliament. We pay 53 million pounds a day to be a member of this organisation for no benefit whatsoever. Mr Cameron, when you come back from this Brussels summit why don't you accept my challenge, and let's have a proper and full debate in Britain on whether it's worth staying a member of this Union or not. The last opinion polls over the weekend show that now, by a majority of two to one, the British people now want us to leave this Union and not pay you a penny piece. Thank you. Mr Protasiewicz wishes to put a question to you if you will accept it. I have just a very simple question. If you do believe that this House is useless, why have you run for the seat in this House. And why are you coming here every month to Strasbourg to take part in our debates? There is a parliamentary tradition of MPs going into houses but wishing to use that position to secede. We saw it with the Irish nationalists in the 19th century. Indeed, Sinn Fein run for elections to the UK Parliament, the Scottish National Party sit in the UK Parliament. We came here because we felt that the British public were not being told what was happening in Europe and how much it was costing. We've used our position here to try and get that information back to the British public. Given that now, by a majority of two to one, the Brits want to leave this Union, I would say we're doing a pretty good job. :: ::

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Posted by: mmister on Nov 23, 2012

European Parliament, Strasbourg, 20 November 2012

• Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the 'Europe of Freedom and Democracy' (EFD) Group in the European Parliament -

• Debate: Preparations for the European Council meeting (22-23 November 2012) with particular reference to the Multiannual Financial Framework
Council and Commission statements

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