May 7th, 2013. Federal Europe will be ‘a reality in a few years’, says Jose Manuel Barroso. Bruno Waterfield, The Telegraph.
“The president of the European Commission has fanned the flames of British debate over EU membership by insisting that fiscal union in the eurozone will lead to “intensified political union” for all 27 member states.
“This is about the economic and monetary union but for the EU as a whole,” he said.
“The commission will, therefore, set out its views and explicit ideas for treaty change in order for them to be debated before the European elections.”
“We want to put all the elements on the table, in a clear and consistent way, even if some of them may sound like political science fiction today. They will be reality in a few years’ time.”
Mr Barroso’s announcement that he will set out plans for a European federation next spring, before elections to the European Parliament in May 2014, will further deepen Conservative divisions over the EU.”
May 5th, 2013. The UK Independence Party is here to stay, says Nigel Farage. BBC News.
“The UK Independence Party is “fundamentally changing British politics” with its goal of “getting our country back”, Nigel Farage has said.
The UKIP leader said the party was “here to stay” and offered a change from existing parties which were almost “merged” in terms of their policies.
There have been Tory calls to change course to win back voters who switched to UKIP in England’s local elections.
But Mr Farage said UKIP took votes from Labour and Lib Dems, not just Tories.
“We are the party with the broadest appeal across the country: north, south, east and west, old Labour voters, rural Tory voters, we are a genuinely national political party,” he told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show.
“Now, to succeed in Westminster in 2015 we’ve got to grow and build a lot from here – but please don’t think that it’s impossible and I promise you this, UKIP is here to stay.”