Mike Nattrass at the the launch of AN INDEPENDENCE PARTY

An Independence From Europe
An inclusive, democratic Euro Realist party established to give active party members a clear voice in policy making.

Fighting the European Elections on 22 May 2014 in
England and Wales.

How does AIP differ from other anti EU Parties
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Mike Nattrass has represented the people of the West Midlands since being elected in 2004.
Born a Yorkshireman with Black Country roots on his mother's side, he has resided in the West Midlands Region for over 39 years. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a former senior partner of Nattrass Giles which he established in 1980.

Latest Media Interviews and Speeches

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Mike speaking in the Strasbourg parliament about the Freedom of movement for workers

1 mins 42 secs

Freedom of movement for workers (debate)

EU Transport Committee member Mike Nattrass MEP speaking at the Strasbourg parliament about the Freedom of movement for workers.
Read the full transcript here

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Mike speaking in the Strasbourg parliament about the Fourth Railway Package

1 mins 33 secs

Domestic passenger transport services by rail - Normalisation of the accounts of railway undertakings...

EU Transport Committee member Mike Nattrass MEP speaking at the Strasbourg parliament against the Fourth Railway Package which will impose the fragmentation and privatisation of rail passenger services accross the whole of the EU.
Read the full transcript here

Monday, 9 December 2013

ike Nattrass MEP and Jim Carver (West Midlands UKIP Activist)

9 mins 32 secs

Immigration

Mike Nattrass MEP and Jim Carver (West Midlands UKIP Activist) discuss with Adrian Goldberg comments reportedly made by Lincolnshire UKIP Councillor Victoria Ayling.

Thursday, 11 November 2013

The Politics Show

4 mins 49 secs

Mike Nattrass MEP forms new party

The launch of a new political party has gathered a “splendid following”, according to the West Midlands MEP who set it up. Mike Nattrass has launched a new Eurosceptic group, called ‘An Independence Party'. The Euro MP says celebrity chef Rustie Lee, and a former Welsh minister are amongst his supporters

Friday, September 20 2013

Andrew Easton and Mike Nattrass MEP discuss Mike's deselection by UKIP

6 mins 32 secs

Deselection and Democracy in UKIP

Andrew Neil and Mike Nattrass MEP discuss democracy in UKIP, Mike's deselection and NOT joining the English Democrats

Thursday, August 29 2013

Andrew Easton and Mike Nattrass MEP discuss Mike's deselection by UKIP

4 mins 36 secs

Mike - deselection by UKIP

Andrew Easton and Mike Nattrass MEP discuss Mike's deselection by UKIP

Thursday, August 29 2013

Danny Kelly and Mike Nattrass MEP discuss Mike's deselection by UKIP

6 mins

Mike - deselection by UKIP

Danny Kelly and Mike Nattrass MEP discuss Mike's deselection by UKIP

Friday, August 02 2013

Jobs - Let's put local people first

4 mins 27 secs

Crime and Open Borders

Mike Nattrass MEP argues the case for policing our own borders.
Now that Europe is effectively turning into a single country with an implied single passport, these open borders are allowing criminals to cross the borders of EU member states and enter the UK.

Monday, July 29 2013

Jobs - Let's put local people first

5 mins 40 secs

Jobs - Let's put local people first

Whilst Government business minister Matthew Hancock is critisising industry for not employing enough British workers, the Government is advertising 800,000 jobs accross the European Union through the EU website.

Wednesday, July 24 2013

Mike Nattrass MEP and Dr Jenny Phillimore Director at the Institute of research into super diversity discuss the topic 'Is immigration a drain on public services'

9 mins 14 secs

Is immigration a drain on public services?

David Cameron has said that he agrees with the proposition that immigration causes a constant drain on public services whilst the Office for Budget Responsibility say that we need more immigration to take account of an ageing population. West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass argues that what we need is managed immigration, which we don't have at the moment due to the open door policy from the EU

Monday, 01 July 2013

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2 mins 04 secs

More legislation from the EU sausage machine - Mike Nattrass MEP

More legislation from the EU sausage machine - Witness on debates about the length of chicken beaks, enquiries into how much wine in a wine gum and facts about rotten fruit leading to drunken reindeer.

Monday, July 01 2013

Mike Nattrass argues that the Toll road is a failure and should be brought into public ownership.

3 mins 17 secs

M6 Toll Free to Lories

West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass, who is a member of the EU’s Transport & Tourism Committee, discusses whether an offer by the owners of the M6 Toll road to members of the Road Haulage Association for free use of the road during July will lead to an increase in lorries using it after this period.
Mike Nattrass argues that the Toll road is a failure and should be brought into public ownership.

Tuesday, May 07 2013

Mike Nattrass MEP on the relaxation of working restrictions for people from Romania and Bulgaria

8 mins 22 secs

relaxation of working restrictions for people from Romania and Bulgaria

Mike Nattrass MEP in debate with the Ambassador of Romania in London, Dr Ion Jinga about the relaxation of working restrictions for people from Romania and Bulgaria.

Tuesday, April 23 2013

Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg about the Scrap Immigration

4 mins 08 secs

Should the M6 toll be free.

In July this year a trial takes place to allow members of the Road Haulage Association to use the M6 Toll for free. The result of this trial may well support the case for nationalisation.

Monday, March 25 2013

Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg about the Scrap Immigration

4 mins 52 secs

Immigration

Mike Nattrass talks to Adrian Goldberg at Radio WM about uncontrolled immigration and how this affects our ability to properly budget for infrastructure which leads to increased pressure in housing, hospitals, schools etc. Also mentioned is the effect uncontrolled immigration has on the jobs market.

Monday, March 18 2013

Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Eric Smith about the Scrap the Tolls Protest

4 mins 49 secs

Scrap the Tolls Protest

Mike Nattrass talks to Eric Smith at Radio Shropshire about the Countrywide Scrap the Tolls Protest which, in the West Midlands is taking place at the M6 Toll at Cheslyn Hay.

Wednesday, January 23 2013

David Cameron promises EU referendum - again

4 mins

David Cameron promises EU referendum - again

Shane O'Conner talks to Mike Nattrass MEP about David Cameron's promise to hold a referendum on the EU.
David Cameron has again promised to hold a referendum once he has negotiated a new deal with Europe but, only if the Conservatives are returned to power with a majority.
Mike compares Cameron to the little boy who cried wolf and points out that he has made referendum promises before Click here for previous EU referendum promises.

Monday, January 07 2013

Adieu to the EU

18 mins

Adieu to the EU

Annie Othen talks to Mike Nattrass MEP, Doug Squires, and Professor Simon Bulmer about our place in the EU, what has it done for us and what would happen if we left and asks:
Is it now time to say 'Adieu to the EU'.

Tuesday, January 01 2013

In Out referendum.

40 Year anniversary

Britain has been a member of the EU for 40 Years. Mike gives his thoughts on what the EU has done for us during this time.

Wednesday, November 21 2012

In Out referendum.

EU Recycling targets cost Councils

Although Councils in Hereford and Worcester are only sending a third of their waste to landfill, the fines have now doubled. Incineration is now seen as the answer. Mike Nattrass explains the potential pitfalls and why European landfill targets are a 'one size fits all' solution.

Monday, July 9 2012

In Out referendum.

Another cast iron promise?

As David Cameron holds out the posibility of a referendum on whether we remain in the European Union, Mike Nattrass MEP comments that this is like the little boy crying wolf.
He also explains why, if we left the EU, we would not see a reduction in trade with Europe.

Saturday, June 2 2012

The Greek financial crisis.

A referendum on Europe

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said of a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the European Union "I cannot think of anything sillier to do than hold a referendum. I’m not keen on referendums, I see no case for this referendum.”
Mike Nattrass MEP and Michael Cashman MEP discuss Ken Clarke's comments and the mounting calls for a referendum.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Greek financial crisis.

The Greek financial crisis

Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg about the Greek financial crisis, the potential collapse of the Euro and the impact it could have on the West Midlands.

Thursday, March 29 2012.

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Mike Nattrass MEP in the EU Parliament in Brussels speaking about concerns on EU citizenship.

A patriotic pensioner from Walsall came under the spotlight in Brussels when his letter to MEP Mike Nattrass, calling for advice on how to renounce EU citizenship, was read out in the European Parliament.

Eighty-three-year-old Alan Sheath, who lives in Portland Road, Aldridge with his 83-year-old wife Dorothy, says he is determined to fight Brussels bureaucrats all the way and has enlisted the help of Mr Nattrass to seek ways in which to reject imposed EU citizenship and defend his “birthright” of being a UK citizen.

Click here for letter transcript

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Politics Show

The Politics show - Our Economy

Mike Nattrass MEP talks about the effect Eu regulation is having on local businesses

Monday, 19 March 2012

Roads-pay as you go

Roads - pay as you go?

The Coalition Government are proposing to put private companies in charge of maintaining our roads using funding from the private sector.
Mike Nattrass MEP and Mark Garnier MP discuss the issue.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Icelandic application to join the EU

For the love of cod do not do this - SAY NO

Speech given by Mike Nattrass MEP at the European Parliament Strasbourg on the Icelandic application to join the EU.
Mike's message to Iceland is: If you join you will loose your fish, your freedom and your currency.
For full transcript click here.

Saturday, 4 February 2012.

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Mike Nattrass suggests the M6 Toll should be nationalised.

It would appear that there is a direct correlation between the increase in M6 Toll charges and a reduction in the number of drivers using the Toll road.
With toll charges due to rise again, more traffic will be pushed on to the M6.

Mike suggests that the Toll road should now be brought back into public ownership.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Top Totty banned from the Strangers' bar.

Top Totty banned from the Strangers' bar.

Mike Nattrass MEP and Yvonne Roberts talk to Danny Kelly about moves by the House of Commons to throw out Stafford Brewer, Slaters fine beer 'Top Totty' after shadow equalities minister Kate Green said she was "disturbed" to hear it was on sale in The Strangers' Bar.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Plans to widen the M6 are just a 'sticking plaster'

Plans to widen the M6 are just a 'sticking plaster'

Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Phil Upton about the proposals to widen the M6.

The Highways Agency are planning to spend around £130 million between Junction 5 Castle Bromwich and Junction 8 the M5 to use a managed traffic system which campaigners say will just be a sticking plaster.

Thursday, 10 December 2011.

Mike Nattrass MEP comments on the view put forward by Richard Murphy from Tax Research UK

Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg at BBC Radio WM

Mike Nattrass MEP comments on the view put forward by Richard Murphy from Tax Research UK that David Cameron's veto now makes the City of London a tax haven which threatens democracy, undermines economies and will result in job losses

Wednesday, 9 November 2011.

European court ruling that could hit British beekeeping

Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Andrew Easton at BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio

West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has launched a stinging attack on a European court ruling that could hit British beekeeping.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that all jars of honey may have to be relabelled to say they contain pollen and this judgment means producers will have to show the pollen is not genetically modified. See full story

Wednesday, 2 November 2011.

The Greek Crisis and proposed bail-out

Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg at BBC WM

Mike Nattrass MEP talks to Adrian Goldberg about the Greek Crisis and proposed bail-out

Wednesday, 1 December 2010.

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Mike Nattrass comments that the EU is incapable of overseeing the single market.

States have been given ten years to comply with the legislation but some large egg producers have still not met the requirements. For those that have, it has been at tremendous cost. If the EU now extends the deadline, producers that haven't complied will have an unfair advantage which could result in the closure of those that have.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010.

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MEPs call for fairness on new egg rules

Mike Nattrass and Nikki Sinclaire are using a "written declaration" to call on the European Parliament to impose tough sanctions on member states who choose to ignore new rules outlawing the sale of eggs from non-enriched cages.
This is the first time a UKIP MEP has used this official form of attack.
Mike comments - This will lead UK egg producers to go out of business ... because they HAVE complied with the EU regs!!

More on this story in theFarmers Guardian

Monday, 27 September 2010.

returning Sovereignty to the UK and the poor financial return we get from the EU.

Mike Nattrass talks to BBC WM about 'rip off' EU

Mike talks to Ed Doolan at BBC WM about his job as a MEP, returning Sovereignty to the UK and the poor financial return we get from the EU.

Monday, September 20 2010.

Whether the French can, as a member of the European Union, expel the Roma

Mike Nattrass interview on Roma explusions by France - BBC Radio Shropshire

West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass discusses whether the French can, as a member of the European Union, expel the Roma

Thursday, 12 August 2010.

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Mike talks to Ed Doolan at BBC WM about the EU imposition of a £150,000,000 fine.

The EU has instructed the British Government to collect around £150 million in fines because of failures to prominently display the EU flag or logo where European funding is involved.
Local organisations and businesses have also been fined including the YMCA and Advantage West Midlands.

Mike discusses all of this as well as the lack of interest in Europe,
why we don't get fined when we don't fly our national flag and why we can't fly the European flag upside down.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

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Labour MEP calls for EU Rail Privatisation.

Mike Nattrass, MEP, European Parliament, Strasbourg - March 2010.
Debate: Implementation of the first railway package Directives.

For information about the EU provided by my colleague Trevor Colman please click here

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EU Regulations Affecting :-

Animal Welfare
  • Blood Festivals

    British taxpayers are subsidising Spain's sadistic 'blood fiestas' which cruelly kill thousands of bulls every year.

  • Chicken Cages

    Almost a dozen European Union member states could continue producing eggs from battery hens despite an EU ban on their sale which is due to come into affect from January 1 2012.

County Councils
  • Incineration / Waste Disposal

    Another incinerator is being considered by the Government at Hartlebury following the County Council's fight against local protests, but are the facts really understood? asks Mike Nattrass the local UKIP MEP.

  • Windfarms

    Campaigners fighting controversial proposals to erect six 126-metre wind masts in Brineton are jubilant following South Staffordshire Council's decision to refuse the scheme.

Criminal Law
  • European Arrest Warrant

    UKIP West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass says the ongoing nightmare endured by Edmond Arapi shows the European Arrest Warrant system is flawed and should be suspended pending a thorough enquiry.

Finance
  • EU budget

    MEP Mike Nattrass has called for the EU gravy train to be derailed following embarrassing revelations that the European Union wrongly spent billions of pounds from its budget last year.

Transport
  • High Speed Rail

    West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass states the Government has made a multi-billion pound blunder after giving the go-ahead for a high speed rail line between Birmingham and London.

  • Lorries

    West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass fears struggling British hauliers could be driven out of business by EU green tolls.

Local Issues

  • Gravestones

    Church leaders at a place of worship in Birmingham say they are ‘content’ to allow parking to continue on top of historic gravestones, much to the dismay of West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass.

  • Planning

    A concerted campaign has been launched to preserve a green belt site bordering a popular nature conservation area in the Black Country.

  • Slaughterhouse

    Permanent planning permissions have been granted to a meat processing plant and nearby sheep holding facility in Birmingham despite massive local opposition from residents and businesses.

  • Motorways

    The M6 Toll, which was designed to be a relief road, has been an abject failure. Figures show fewer and fewer vehicles are using this road but despite this trend MEL, which posted £49 million losses last summer, will be hitting motorists with increased toll charges from March.

Armed Forces Issues

  • Bomber Command

    UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass, whose father served as an RAF World War Two Lancaster pilot, is calling on the nation to support a major campaign for the bravery of Bomber Command to be honoured.

  • Gurkas

    West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has this week called on the coalition Government to secure the future of the Stafford-based Gurkha 248 Signal Squadron.

  • Navy

    “The nation that gave birth to Drake, Cook, and Nelson, might know a thing or two about the sea,” says Mike Nattrass MEP.