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Sunday, June 13, 1999 Published at 20:29 GMT 21:29 UK


UK Unionist Party



The UK Unionist Party

The UK Unionist Party is standing for the European elections on a manifesto with three core pledges:

  • "To keep the pound sterling as our currency.
  • To maintain the United Kingdom as a sovereign independent state.
  • To serve the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland."

    Other proposals:

    Enlargement

  • "We pledge to work for an enhanced free trade area across the EU. We wish to ensure that Northern Ireland's best interests are given effective representation at this vital time. We pledge to work for an EU where nation states can freely decide which matters should remain national and which matters they wish to centralise. The idea of a single European superstate is one we reject as being unworkable, undemocratic and unstable."

    Farming and fishing

  • "We pledge to work to ensure that regional discretion on the implementation of agreed packages must be permitted to avoid distortions withthe Republic of Ireland. Reform of the CAP will need to be kept under careful review to protect our farmers' interests."
  • "We also pedge to work on behalf of Northern Ireland's fishing industry to bring about the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy to ensure that power is returned to national, regional and local authorities . . . We reject the notion of a single European fleet."

    'Bureaucracy and home affairs'

  • "We pledge to support plans to minimise bureaucracy and associated fraud. We do not believe that any of those commissioners who resigned two months ago should be permitted back into office. Rigorous anti-fraud procedures should oversee all commission activites."
  • "We will oppose moves to create a Europe-wide criminal justice system, the weakening of the UK's border controls or the establishing of a commons immigration policy."

    Tax

  • "We pledge to oppose any attempts by the European Commission to ipose VAT on children's clothes, books, newspapers, travel/fares, new houses and food. We will work to maintain the UK's sovereign ability to determine its own personal and corporate taxation rates."

    Pensions

  • "We will support the UK's requirement to veto any attempt by continental Europe to funds its 19,000bn pension 'black hole' through raising taxes across the EU."

    'Helping business'

  • "We pledge to work to reduce Brussels regulation and directives. The ever-increasing tide of regulation has resulted in the destruction of jobs through extra costs on business. We believe in free competition and the delivery of lowest possible prices to UK consumers. We wish to see the UK's current rebate maintained in the years ahead."



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