Trevor Colman explains why UKIP must not become a pan-European political party
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
You know it's really an issue of major concern when Trevor Colman comes out of the woodwork - and in the case of UKIP, it indeed is such a big issue.
Next month (August), UKIP members will cast their ballots on whether or not the party, campaigning for the UK to leave the EU, should become a pan-European political party. If yes, it would provide rather significant existential problems for the party since they would gain access to additional EU funds (UKIP estimates are in excess of £1 million - provided by the EU taxpayer of course) and be able to call on the services of a think tank to actually formulate policy papers.
Mr Colman is a staunch opponent and believes the introduction of pan-European parties is "a move by the European Union to rid itself of political parties representing national freedom". As such he is heading up the "NO" campaign, and in this video he seeks to make his case. Enjoy:
Hailing from the truly beautiful South West region of the UK, Andrew now works in Brussels and is a UK passport holder, European citizen, and a twice employee at the European Parliament.
While the EU in its current form is far from perfect, he is nonetheless firmly of the belief that the UK's prosperity and place in the world is best served as a member state and not as an isolated bystander.
Since October 2009, this blog seeks to document the work that our region's MEPs do for us in Brussels. As such, predictably, it rarely features UKIP.