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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 April, 2005, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
UKIP dismisses 'phoney' election
The UKIP manifesto
UKIP wants to steer the debate back to Europe
The UK Independence Party MEP Dr John Whittaker has said the main parties are fighting a "phoney election".

He told BBC News the argument so far had been dominated by small differences in "tax and spend" and that "people are bored to death".

The anti-EU politician said the main parties were "steadfastly ignoring that our real government's in Brussels".

The other main parties say leaving the EU would cost the British economy countless jobs and valuable trade.

And UKIP leader Roger Knapman also called for an end to the "conspiracy of silence" over Europe.

He called on the government to make clear if they would press ahead with a referendum on the EU constitution, even if France voted against it.

They are all steadfastly ignoring the fact that our real government is in Brussels
Dr John Whittaker MEP

Dr Whittaker denied that he was making a mockery of UK democracy by standing for eight different seats, and said he wanted to "give more people a chance to vote UKIP".

He said: "We want to draw attention to this phoney election.

"All we hear is endless mind-numbing arguments about tax and spend. People are bored to death. The main parties have got nothing new to say.

"[There is] no room for manoeuvre over the budget and just tiny differences between them.

"They are all steadfastly ignoring the fact that our real government is in Brussels and that's where most of our law comes from and why none of them can control immigration - the European Union has seen to that."

UKIP wants Britain to withdraw from the EU and revert to bilateral trade agreements, but also has policies on the reduction of tax, increasing borrowing, increasing pensions and giving schools more autonomy.



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