Thursday, 15 November, 2018

European Union punishes Nigel Farage by docking his MEP pay

Screen Shot 2018 01 12 European Union punishes Nigel Farage by docking his MEP pay
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2018, 13:31

"They have a majority in parliament, and unless we get ourselves organised we could lose the historic victory that was Brexit."Last week, Farage said he was warming to the idea of holding a second vote on Britain's membership of the European Union to settle the argument - an idea written off by other Brexit campaigners who urged the government to press on with exit talks with the bloc.In 2016, Britons voted 52 to 48 percent in favour of ending its membership of the EU".

"Since January 1 the European parliament has withheld 50 per cent to recoup the €40,000..." "Tony Blair and Nigel Farage aren't two people I'd normally like to be put in a group with, but on this issue they are speaking sense". His pension is understood to be worth £73,000 a year and he will also be entitled to a transitional allowance worth £117,000 when he steps down as an MEP in 2019.

However, one of the party's most senior figures, Roger Helmer, resigned last summer after an investigation demanded he repay £100,000. Helmer, who gave no explanation of his decision to stand down halfway through the parliamentary term, has always denied wrongdoing. "This allegation is all part of their politically-motivated assault".

He said: "I think the Leave side is in danger of not even making the argument".

Full-time MEP assistants are not allowed to do any paid work for any national political party.

The EU inquiry focused on the role of an assistant, Christopher Adams, who was engaged to work with the Member of European Parliament (MEP).

The Guardian writes that Farage will not leave the Parliament portionless. European parliamentary authorities have in recent years paid closer attention to how MEPs spend EU funds, after years of assuming parties would do the right thing.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Lincoln on May 4, 2016.

"For perhaps the first time in his life, Nigel Farage is making a valid point", said Labour MP Chuka Umunna, a leading supporter of the pro-EU Open Britain campaign group.

The Brexit campaigner now has to pay back £35,500 after financial investigators ruled that European Parliament funds money had been misapplied.