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Thursday, 19 April, 2001, 19:07 GMT 20:07 UK
UKIP seeks two million votes
UKIP faithful
The party faithful: Standing up for life outside the EU
UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Jeffrey Titford has outlined his vision of a Britain outside Europe.


I believe the eurosceptics are people with ambition not principle

Jeffrey Titford
Mr Titford - who is an MEP - told a pre-election rally in London that the UK would eventually leave the EU - allowing a "haven free from fear" in which money once paid to Europe would fund better services and allow business freedom.

Mr Titford said: "We've got the message, we've got the cause and we are winning."

Pledging to run as many candidates as possible, he rejected suggestions that UKIP might not contest seats where eurosceptics were likely to win.

Jeffrey Titford
Jeffrey Titford: Seeking two million votes
"I believe the eurosceptics are people with ambition not principle," he said.

Mr Titford said he hoped his party would now field at least 400 candidates in the general election.

"We will show just how strong the people of this country feel about the EU," he said.

"We are going to win with people power.

"They did it in Denmark and they will do it in Sweden."

Mr Titford said that he had started making speeches to audiences of 20 people five years ago.

At first his party had won hundreds of votes - and later that had risen to thousands.

"If we can achieve the two million I aspire to, then no-one can ever ignore us, no-one will ever ridicule us," he said.

Earlier Mr Titford's fellow MEP, Nigel Farage, had told the BBC that he believed public awareness of his party was "very much higher" going into this election than in the past.

"The main thing going for us is that 52% of Britons now want to leave the European Union," he said.

His claim is based on an opinion poll that excludes "don't knows".

"For all these millions of people the only party they can vote for that is saying keep the pound permanently and get Britain out of the European Union is the UKIP."

Nigel Farage
Mr Farage is hoping to woo voters from all parties
Asked why voters concerned about the single currency should not vote for the Conservative Party, Mr Farage argued that the Tories had not made keeping the pound "a matter of principle" - merely ruling it out for one parliamentary term.

He also said that the Tory party leadership "would not contemplate" Britain leaving the EU.

Mr Farage suggested that his party would tempt voters from among the grassroots of the Labour, Tory and Liberal Democrat parties.

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