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Neil Hamilton tells UKIP conference that UK Government a 'pathetic shambles' over Brexit

Neil Hamilton at the UKIP conference Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/PA Images

The leader of UKIP in the Welsh Assembly, Neil Hamilton, has described the UK government as a 'pathetic shambles' over Brexit negotiations. The UK Government state they're preparing to leave the EU in the best way possible for the UK's national interest.

Mr Hamilton's comments came as he gave a speech at the party's conference in Torquay, where he said UKIP in Wales should be a template for UKIP in other parts of the UK.

Mark Reckless Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/PA Images

Mr Hamilton also had critical words for Mark Reckless, who left UKIP to join the Conservatives in the Assembly, describing him as 'no better than a common thief'.

Mr Reckless left the party earlier this year and continues to sit as an AM, representing the South Wales East region. Today Mr Hamilton said he had no moral right to continue to sit in the Assembly, and he should make way for the next UKIP candidate on the list. When asked about the comments, Mr Reckless told ITV News he had 'no comment'.

The UKIP conference finishes on the 30th September.


Tories and UKIP attack Plaid plan to keep EU laws

Plaid Cymru's call for EU laws affecting devolved areas to remain in force after Brexit has come under fire from the Conservatives and UKIP. Plaid want the Assembly to pass a bill turning EU laws and regulations into Welsh law, partly because the party fears that otherwise the powers will pass to ministers in London.

This reinforces just how out of step Plaid Cymru are with public opinion, and with the voters they claim to represent. Just weeks ago the Welsh public voted to restore the sovereignty of British law – not to introduce a new Bill that would permanently gold plate every single edict and directive emanating from Brussels.

The Prime Minister’s Great Repeal Bill is the first step towards returning sovereignty to Westminster, where the Welsh national interest is represented by its MPs.

– Welsh Conservative Spokesperson

This is an anti-democratic political stunt. Wales voted decisively for Brexit and the so called ‘Party of Wales’, Plaid Cymru should respect the referendum result.

Political decisions will be made in future by elected politicians in Westminster & Cardiff Bay and not unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

– UKIP Spokesperson

In the Senedd, Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis asked the First Minister if the Welsh Government would support the idea of a "Great Continuity Bill" to preserve EU law in devolved areas. Carwyn Jones replied that he would first want to see what was in the UK Government's "Great Repeal Bill".

The principle must be that no powers are lost to the people of Wales. In devolved areas, they must come straight here.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Neil Hamilton: There is a 'growing verbal violence' within UKIP

UKIP AM Neil Hamilton has hit out at senior figures in the party in the wake of the "altercation" involving UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe.

He told Channel 4 News correspondent Andy Davies that while the incident was "most regrettable", it had prompted him to speak out.

There has been for some time now a growing unpleasantness in UKIP that goes right to the top - to Nigel Farage himself, who has been hurling abuse around Douglas Carswell and me.

Nothing has been done to control or stop this. It's intolerable and should be stopped.

– Neil Hamilton AM

Mr Hamilton denied he was blaming Mr Farage for what happened to Steven Woolfe, but said there was a "a growing verbal violence [in the party] which goes right to the top".


UKIP ballot to decide fate of Welsh leader Nathan Gill

The fate of UKIP's leader in Wales will be decided in a ballot of members after he was temporarily expelled from the party.

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Nathan Gill, who currently serves as both an MEP and as a member of the Welsh Assembly, was given a final written warning on August 1 by UKIP's National Executive Committee (NEC) telling him that he had to vacate one of his elected positions or face expulsion from the party.

Mr Gill was told that failure to reply to the letter within seven days would lead to automatic expulsion. He did not reply before the deadline and so he was expelled.

However, the NEC has now decided to reinstate Mr Gill's membership with the condition that Welsh party members be balloted on the way forward.

They will be asked whether Mr Gill should be expelled or be allowed to continue in his two roles.

Hamilton: "Farage should be given a peerage"

UKIP AM Neil Hamilton has described Nigel Farage as a 'dynamic force' and one of the 'great figures in British politics' following his shock resignation earlier today.

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It is well known that I have not always seen eye to eye with Nigel, but I salute his very significant achievements. UKIP has a massive continuing role to play in British politics and, under a new leader, we will reach out to an even wider constituency."

"Nigel Farage deserves the thanks of every Brexiteer. There would have been no referendum without him. He is a controversial figure but, like him or loathe him, he is a dynamic force and one of the great figures in British politics today. He clearly has much still to offer in the continuing campaign for an independent Britain. He should be given a peerage."

– Neil Hamilton AM, Mid and West Wales

Other politicians were not so sympathetic to the news. Labour MP Chris Bryant claimed Brexiteers have "wreaked havoc" then left others "to pick up the pieces".

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Fresh challenge to Carwyn Jones from UKIP or Conservatives ruled out

The Assembly authorities have ruled out the possibility of the Conservative or UKIP leaders challenging Carwyn Jones in a vote for First Minister tomorrow.

AMs will meet to see if a fresh vote between Carwyn Jones and Leanne Wood produces a different outcome.

The Plaid Cymru leader is expected to withdraw from the contest, which was tied 29-29 last week.

The first business at the next plenary will be a further roll call vote unless one of the candidates indicates that they want to withdraw their nomination, in which case the remaining candidate will be the Assembly’s nomination.

The Presiding Officer will immediately recommend to Her Majesty that the Member nominated by the Assembly be appointed as First Minister.

– National Assenmby for Wales

UKIP have said that they will "oppose the coronation of Carwyn Jones" and force a vote by putting up someone themselves.

As that is not possible, any protest would have to take the form of a procedural challenge -a token attempt to stop the nomination of First Minister going ahead.

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