The EU has finally had enough of UKIP and they’re using the easiest method available to hit back: cutting off UKIP’s funding sooner rather than later.
The European Parliament has suspended payments to a think-tank close to UKIP because of suspicions it obtained donations via improper means.
The document was leaked to Politico, which reported:
In the latest of a series of financial setbacks to hit Euroskeptic parties and associated bodies over allegations of misuse of public funds, the UKIP-linked Institute for Direct Democracy in Europe (IDDE) could be deprived of €88,924.58 in funding due to the suspension approved by Parliament’s leaders.
On top of this, last month an audit found that UKIP had used EU funds to campaign against the EU, which isn’t allowed.
The audit put the ‘misspent’ figure at over €500,615 (£430,486) for ADDE, the EU grouping dominated by UKIP.
EU officials could dock pay for Farage and other UKIP MEP’s to recover their money. The European Commission has taken similar action against Front National’s Marine Le Pen.
This is the first time the EU has cracked down on far-right European parties using EU money to campaign against the political union.
Good on the EU to crack down on those using it as their personal ‘gravy train’