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UKIP Euro MP claims he was led into a ‘windowless cell’ and threatened with a fine amid gag on disclosure of TTIP agreement

PUBLISHED: 11:22 19 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:23 19 October 2015

UKIP european election candidate and sitting MEP Stuart Agnew. Photo: Bill Smith

UKIP european election candidate and sitting MEP Stuart Agnew. Photo: Bill Smith

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UKIP MEP Stuart Angew has claimed he was “led into a windowless cell” and threatened with a fine if he disclosed the contents of European Union documents.

The Norfolk farmer, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural Development Committee, has hit out at the transparency of the European Parliament.

He said he was invited to a viewing of the “Restricted’ Agricultural chapter” of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agreement, which is being drawn up between the European Union and the United States.

He claims that he had to sign a document to say that he would not disclose what he had read, and he had to hand over any electronic gadgets and cameras. “I was allowed a pen but no paper, and then led into a windowless cell where I was issued with special blank paper which cannot be photocopied.

“If I publicly disclose what I have read, I will be subject to a minimum fine of £2,233. I will also be at the mercy of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, who dislikes UKIP and may impose further punishments,” he added.

The Euro MP said that he might be tempted to break the rules if agricultural unions or the media were willing to fully compensate him for the fine.

“This is the EU’s definition of transparency. They can truthfully say that the MEPs have now seen the document. The Agricultural chapter is one small part of a very ambitious trade negotiation where the British have to sit on their hands whilst an unelected foreign commissioner takes our decision for us,” he added.

The European Parliament has not yet responded to our request for a comment.

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