So the official UKIP website finally got round to publishing the results of the PEP vote. It was no surprise to read Farage's petulant remarks at the end of the statement. Sour grapes, sour grapes!
The results of UKIP's Pan-European Party ballot have been announced by Returning Officer Steve Allison.
After the votes had been counted, the result was announced at 4pm on August 16 with the following results:
Total valid votes cast 7,696
Yes 2535 (32.9%)
No 5161 (67.1%)
Party Chairman Steve Crowther said:
"We have had a clear statement of the members' opinion, and can now move on. This has been an excellent example of party democracy in action, and I would like to thank all the participants, on both sides, for the civilised way in which it was conducted. I would also like to thank the Vice-Chairman, Steve Allison, for running the thing so smoothly.
"It is important to remember that we are all, fundamentally, on the same side. We may disagree on the tactics, but we all share the same goal and can be enormously proud of what we have already achieved.
"Our message is now not only the mainstream view in this country but, increasingly, the view of ordinary people across Europe. As we will see at Conference, it is now attracting increasing numbers of influential people to our cause. Let's put this debate behind us and show the world that we are a powerful, unified force."
Leader of the 'Yes' campaign Stuart Agnew said:
"I would like to congratulate Trevor Colman and his team on an emphatic outcome. As a team player I would never want to go against the wishes of the membership, especially those in the Eastern region, and will abide by the result, as I pledged during the campaign.
Junius says: That is not what you originally said! You said you would seek permission from the Eastern Region Committee to join a PEP even if the membership voted No! Readers should not forget that Agnew - along with Bannerman - is under investigation by OLAF after being caught on video admitting that he was paying Peter Reeve illegally out of EU funds. Agnew is a liar and a crook. See: LINK
"Longer term we may have to consider what will happen if the Duff Report is passed and we face a second, Pan-European, ballot paper in the European Election, or indeed a Referendum.
"In the meantime, however, I'm glad we have a clear result."
Leader of the 'No' campaign Trevor Colman said:
"I have been asked to comment on the significance of Tuesday's ballot count where UKIP membership roundly rejected involvement in a Pan European party by more than two to one.
"The result indicates how far the Party has moved from the grassroots and is a timely reminder that further continued entanglement in EU structures will not be tolerated and rightly so.
"Britain should be where the Party concentrates its greatest efforts with EU parliamentary activity cut to the absolute minimum. It is here, in the streets and meeting places of Britain, that we will eventually win this fight, not in the committee rooms and chambers of Brussels. Future Party strategy should reflect this. The members have spoken. They must not be ignored."
Junius says: Quite right! The members have spoken. So will Godfrey Bloom leave the European Alliance for Freedom? See: LINK And will Farage and Agnew carry out their threat and join a PEP regardless?
Party Leader Nigel Farage said:
"In the light of this result we must hope that the Duff Report does not pass in the European Parliament this autumn. If it does, we have just disqualified ourselves from 50% of the ballot papers to be issued. That makes winning rather difficult".
Junius says: Petulant little man!
And we hope that the likes of Mick 'Wolfman' McGough' - who lied to UKIPPERS over PEPS - will be forced to resign in disgrace.
Remember this email?
From steve allison
to Stuart Agnew MEP
cc Mick McGough
cc Trevor Colman MEP
cc Steve Crowther
I have received a complaint regarding the video.
Specifically the complaint refers to the claim by Mick McGough that he "has in his hand a cheque for £300,000 payable to UKIP"
The No campaign claim the money CANNOT be paid to UKIP.
Can you please confirm that the claim that the money can be paid from a PEP direct to UKIP is accurate.
If you cannot confirm this is a factually accurate statement then I must ask for the video to be withdrawn until a suitable correction of fact can be made.
Vice Chairman UKIP.
End of email.
Petrina Holdsworth - former UKIP chairman - spoke for many when she said:
It could be a watershed as far as the party is concerned because the majority of the MEPs seem to want to join and the rank and file are dead against it.
Farage`s position is untenable. As the main protagonist for the PEP his advice to the party has been overwhelmingly rejected.