It seems the problems just won’t go away for UKIP. The party, which seems to be listing uncontrollably and in danger of plunging under the waves at any moment has seemingly been “busted” by French prime time news show, L’oeil du 20 heures.
Are the EU finally closing in on Farage and almost two decades of alleged financial irregularities?
Nigel Farage, Roger Helmer and new UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall were all named in the investigative piece – which can be found here in French.
The net appears to be closing in on UKIP and their massive alleged financial irregularities, book cooking and general fraudulent behaviour. Many whistle-blowers and ex-UKIP members have told a similar tale after leaving the party, but thus far, the EU has not acted decisively in bringing UKIP and their far-right partners to heel.
It may also explain why Farage has been so keen to flee to the US and into the arms of President Elect Trump, first making a failed case for the job of UK Ambassador (and the diplomatic immunity that comes with the job), and more recently pleading with ‘The Donald’ to serve “either formally or informally”.
An English translation of the show’s accompanying blog is as follows:
In the EU, some political parties are playing a double game. Take the British UKIP. Its leader Nigel Farage has campaigned to leave Europe. But with what money? That of the European communities. And that’s illegal.
In Brussels, the European Union is living democracy. It distributes grants to European political parties. But not in any condition, there is a rule, no funding for the national parties.
“The funding of political parties at European level (…) can only be used for the direct or indirect financing (…) national parties or national candidates”
That’s where the problem lies. Nigel Farage, Paul Nuttall, Roger Helmer all belong to the UK Independence party, which is a member of ADDE, the Alliance for direct democracy in Europe. It [ADDE] has received more than 800 000 from the European Parliament but it has donated almost 450 000 to UKIP. And that is prohibited.
National elections in England
MEP (UKIP) Roger Helmer denies the charges with aplomb: “We reject the allegations of fraud This money was well spent according to the rules of Parliament, it was spent in exactly the same way as other groups. policies. “
Roger Helmer denies it, but the money has been spent in England during the referendum to leave the EU, the Brexit. UKIP poses a very explicit question to the English: ” What do you consider the best reasons to leave the European Union?” Answer, better border control. And guess what? This argument, pro-Brexit members have often used in the referendum.
For the administration of the European Parliament, the evidence is indisputable. The rules have not been respected. Of the 500 000 euros asked to be returned by the EU Parliament, nothing has been repaid. We are not sure that the European Union will ever recover this money.
We won’t have long to find out, as many of our readers know, UKIP have been asked to repay several hundred thousand euros in EU funds by the 21st December this year. But whether the EU authorities will pursue UKIP and its affiliates, EFDD and ADDE remains to be seen.
Further analysis of the situation can also be found on the ‘Right Way Campaign’ blog, which its authors claim “a grass roots campaign for integrity and democracy in UKIP” – good luck with that. The post regarding last night’s French TV show [here] and the one covering “off balance funding” [here] of UKIP are recommended reading.
The ‘General Secretariat’ of EFDD, the organ which administers UKIP’s EU funding, is managed by French citizens, Pierre Vaugier and Aurelie Laloux. While the ADDE Director, Laure Ferarri, is also of French extraction. So we could be looking at a public interest case in France should this go any further.
Nuttall’s relationship with UKIP’s Brussels Chief of Staff, Aurelie Laloux, goes back to when she was his boss and he was a junior researcher.
We will be watching.
Some very good analysis including the internal documentation can be viewed on the Greg Lance-Watkins blog. [here]