Nigel Farage says that we are now run by big business and big bureaucrats and that the European elections will be a battle for democracy.
In a strongly worded speech in the European Parliament this morning, UKIP leader Nigel Farage warned that the EU is increasingly being controlled by big business and centralised bureaucracy, stating that the forthcoming European elections would be the battleground to bring back national democracy.
Addressing Greek Prime Minister Antonio Samaras, Mr Farage said the country was now under foreign control after surrendering its democracy to the EU.
He went on to argue that people don’t want a ‘United States of Europe’ but a Europe of sovereign states trading and working together. Farage also said the European elections would ‘mark a watershed’ in the battle for national democracy.
Speech in European Parliament, Strasbourg.
Wednesday 15th January 2014.
For Greek Presidency with Antonio Samaras and European Commission President Barroso
"Well I must congratulate you Mr Samaras for getting the Greek Presidency off to such a cracking start.
"Your overnight successful negotiation in the trialogue of MiFID I am sure will have them dancing in the streets of Athens. No matter that your country, very poorly advised by Goldman Sachs, joined a currency that it was never suited to. No matter that 30% people are unemployed, that 60% of youth are unemployed, that a Neo-Nazi party is on the march, that there was a terrorist attack on the German embassy. No don't worry about all that because the trialogue on MiFID has been a success. And in many ways it sums up the two Europes.
"And you come here Mr Samaras and tell us that you represent the 'sovereign will of the of the Greek people'. Well I am sorry but you are not in charge of Greece, and I suggest you rename and rebrand your party. It is called New Democracy; I suggest you call it No Democracy because Greece is now under foreign control.
"You can't make any decisions, you have been bailed out, and you have surrendered democracy, the thing your country invented in the first place. And you can't admit that joining the Euro was a mistake because Mr Papandreou did that didn't he. He even said there should be a referendum in Greece, and within 48 hours the unholy Trinity that now run this European Union had him removed and replaced by an ex-Goldman Sachs employee puppet.
"We are run now by big business, big banks, and in the shape of Mr Barroso, big bureaucrats.
"Actually, that is what these European elections are really going to be all about. It is going to be a battle of national democracy versus EU state bureaucracy.
"Whatever you say in this chamber the people out there don't want a United States of Europe, they want a Europe of sovereign states trading and working together and I believe the European elections are going to mark a watershed.
"Up until now, everybody has thought, as much as they do not like the development of the European Union that it was inevitable. That myth of inevitability will be shattered in the European elections this year. Thank you."