UKIP leader says Prime Minister's deal to cut EU spending in Brussels is 'rotten' as he pledges party will fight for first Commons seat in by-election UKIP candidate in running for seat vacated by disgraced MP Chris HuhneNigel Farage said the party's main campaigning issue will be immigrationParty leader said it is not 'right' that the UK 'has a total open door policy'Said EU budget reduction negotiated by PM is a 'rotten deal' By Mario Ledwith PUBLISHED: 19:43 GMT, 9 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:52 GMT, 9 February 2013 Contesting: UKIP leader Nigel Farage today pledged that his party would be fighting for their first House of Commons seat in the Eastleigh by-election in Hampshire UKIP leader Nigel Farage described the EU budget reduction negotiated by David Cameron as 'a rotten deal for Britain'. He made the comments while pledging that his party would be fighting for their first House of Commons seat in the Eastleigh by-election
UK can't 'cherry pick and choose powers to claw back from Brussels', EU president warns Herman Van Rompuy said the EU would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose powersHe said if UK departed it would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’David Cameron is expected to call for renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU next month | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 27 December 2012 Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep David Cameron will not be allowed to ‘cherry pick’ powers to claw back from Brussels, the EU president has warned. In a major blow to the Prime Minister’s strategy, Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep. Mr Van Rompuy said he wanted Britain to stay in the EU, adding that the UK’s departure would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’.
Mr Clegg’s contempt for democracy on EU | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 28 December 2012 Out of touch: Clegg demonstrated how he remains as detached from the views of the electorate on Europe as ever Yesterday a poll conducted by a pro-European newspaper revealed that 51 per cent of the public want Britain to leave the EU, against just 40 per cent who say they would vote to stay in. Even one in three supporters of the Liberal Democrats – Britain’s most ardently Europhile party – now want out. Yet, in a typically condescending interview to the same newspaper, Nick Clegg demonstrated how he remains as detached from the views of the electorate on Europe as ever
EU deal 'is first step towards joining Euro Army': Leaders agreed plans for greater defence corporation at Brussels summit Plans appear to duplicate role of Nato alliance which Tories credit with responsibility for European defenceCall for a co-ordinated policy to boost development of defence technology | UPDATED: 01:56 GMT, 15 December 2012 Accusations: David Cameron is said to have signed Britain up to a blueprint for a Euro Army David Cameron was accused yesterday of signing Britain up to a blueprint for a Euro Army. European leaders agreed plans for greater defence co-operation at a summit in Brussels that will force Britain to consult fellow EU nations over defence planning, with defence chiefs having to co-ordinate capabilities and procurement.
European Court of Justice squanders opportunity to save 14m after rejecting bid to slash sessions in Strasbourg | UPDATED: 21:25 GMT, 13 December 2012 The highest EU court has rejected a proposal to save 14million a year by reducing the number of sessions the European Parliament holds in the French city of Strasbourg. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the proposed change went against EU treaties and it was up to national governments, not the parliament, to make such decisions. EU treaties oblige the parliament to hold 12 plenary sessions a year in Strasbourg, 270 miles from Brussels, which is home to the European Commission, the EU executive.
Cameron will offer voters in-out referendum over EU membership, says BorisBoris Johnson 'unveiled' PM's plan to hold a referendum on EU | UPDATED: 08:05 GMT, 10 December 2012 David Cameron is preparing to promise a referendum offering either a new, looser relationship with the EU or a British exit, Boris Johnson suggested yesterday. The Prime Minister will set out his thinking on Britain’s future in Europe in a major speech within weeks amid growing agitation in the Tory party over the issue
Good news kids: Dreaded Brussels sprouts may be forced off the Christmas menu after 70% price rise The cost of Christmas dinner has soared by more than double the increase in wages over the past five yearsAsda was found to be the cheapest supermarket for the fourth year runningIt's not all bad news though – the price of champagne is down nearly 10 per cent | UPDATED: 23:47 GMT, 9 December 2012 Britain’s children got some welcome news about the family Christmas dinner yesterday….Brussels sprouts are unlikely to be on the menu after a massive price rise.
Speed up English tests for EU doctors, say MPs who accuse Government of making 'no substantive progress'Doctors from European countries are free to work without language checksDue to a diktat from Brussels saying tests would impede movement of labour23,000 doctors from Europe are registered to work in Britain despite never undergoing checks on their English or medical skills | UPDATED: 01:03 GMT, 4 December 2012 Not enough: Ministers are not making progress on overturning EU rules forbidding language tests Ministers are not doing enough to make sure foreign doctors can speak good English, MPs warn. They accuse the Government of making ‘no substantive progress’ on overturning strict European Union rules that forbid language tests. At present, all GPs and hospital doctors from European countries are free to work in Britain without facing any form of national checks on their competence or English-speaking ability
'A naked attempt to steal our crown': France's most senior banker makes enemies in London after suggesting businesses move from capital Christian Noyer said City of London should be stripped of its status – with businesses moving into Euro ZoneBoris Johnson and Vince Cable lead criticism of 'desperate French attack' | UPDATED: 17:35 GMT, 3 December 2012 Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer: '[It's a] consequence of the choice by the UK to remain outside the euro area' France's most senior state banker was today accused of a ‘naked attempt to steal London’s financial crown’. Christian Noyer, 62-year-old governor of the Bank of France, said the City of London should be stripped of its status, and the bulk of its business be transferred to mainland Europe.
First, nip off to Brussels to buy your sprouts… | UPDATED: 22:54 GMT, 3 December 2012 Your essential timetable for Christmas dinner Q: I want to make this a Christmas to remember.