WHAT DOES UKIP STAND FOR ?
UKIP firmly believes that the best people to govern Britain are the British people themselves, through their democratically elected parliament at Westminster. It is an inalienable right which generations of our ancestors have fought and died for. Membership of the EU, an anti-democratic organisation which intends to replace the free nations of Europe with a pan-European superstate, is wholly incompatible with this principle.
Para. 2.3 of the Party’s Constitution states:
‘The Party believes that the United Kingdom should only be governed by its own citizens, and that its governance shall at all times be conducted in the interest of the United Kingdom and its peoples ……. The only laws that should apply within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom are those made wholly by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. To that end it shall be the policy of the Party that the United Kingdom shall cease to be a member of the European Union and shall not thereafter make any treaty or join any international organisation which involves in any way the surrender of any part of the United Kingdom’s sovereignty ………..’
UKIP is not a ‘Right Wing‘ Party, or an ‘alternative’ version of the Conservatives. While UKIP attracts many disillusioned ex-Conservative voters in the South, in Wales, the Midlands and North, there is much support from ex-Labour voters; the British ‘working class‘. Whether the incumbent party is Conservative or Labour, UKIP is fast emerging as the main opposition party.
Para 2.5 defines the core values which guide the formulation of UKIP policies:
‘The Party is a democratic, libertarian Party and will espouse policies which:
*** Promote and encourage those who aspire to improve their personal situation and those who seek to be self-reliant, while providing protection for those genuinely in need,
*** Favour the ability of individuals to make decisions in respect of themselves,
*** Seek to diminish to role of the state,
*** Lower the burden of taxation on individuals and businesses,
*** Ensure proper control over the United Kingdom’s borders,
*** Strengthen and guarantee the essential, traditional freedoms and liberties of all people in the UK.
UKIP explicitly opposes racial discrimination.
Para. 2.4 of the party’s constitution states:
‘The Party shall conduct itself and its affairs in such a way that it does not discriminate against or in favour of any person on the grounds of their race, religion, ethnic origin, education, beliefs, sexual orientation, class, social status, sectarianism or any other basis prescribed by law.’
‘Further the party shall at all times adhere to the principles of the rule of law, liberty, democracy and respect for the human rights and the essential traditional freedoms of the people of the United Kingdom and those under its protection … ’
UKIP welcomes members and activists from all walks of life. UKIP bars membership to anyone with links to extremist groups such as the BNP or EDL. The party has many members from minority backgrounds who are playing important roles within the party. UKIP’s top three candidates in the recent Assembly Elections were respectively gay, black and female (two were elected). However unlike some other parties, our candidates are chosen strictly on their merits, as individuals, not in order to meet some arbitrary, politically correct ‘quota‘.
UKIP likes Europe – it’s the political body called the European Union that we don’t like ! Many of our members have partners and friends from other countries (some UKIP members come from other European countries), and many have personal and business links with the continent. Our MEP’s sit in the European Parliament in a group (Europe of Freedom and Democracy) with like minded friends from other countries. We welcome speakers from other European countries at our party conference. When Britain leaves the EU, we will continue to trade and maintain friendly relations with all European countries.
UKIP supports controlled, sustainable immigration to enable our country to grow and develop. However the EU’s immigration policy grants an open door to all within the EU (often white European, unskilled), at the expense of people from the fast growing economies of the English speaking Commonwealth (many of whom are black or Asian), whose skills we really need in Britain. Common sense tells you that UK immigration policy should be based on the skills and abilities of individuals, not on their geographical point of origin. Most of the developed countries in the world operate on this basis.
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