This new party, made up mostly of UKIP MEPs, is entitled to receive £1m of EU funds next year, reported Newsnight, together with a grant of £580,000.
Despite the new UKIP grouping being called the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe (ADDE), some UKIP members have complained that their acceptance of the EU money is not democratic. Three years ago UKIP held an internal referendum on whether to accept EU cash by forming a new pan-European party – and UKIP party members voted 2-to-1 against.
Also, under EU rules, any party accepting this funding has to “respect the principles on which the European Union is founded" - namely liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms (including free movement of people) and the rule of law.
But UKIP MEP Roger Helmer told Newsnight, “We object to the existence of it [this money], but while it’s there we should use it. We take that attitude to all European funding: we don’t want any European funding, but as long as there is European funding, and as long as we’re in the European Union, we think that we should make sure that Britain gets as much as we can.”
Doesn’t Mr Helmer mean that, “we should make sure that UKIP gets as much as we can”?
Commentary and graphic by Jon Danzig on New Europeans