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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.

11 comments

  • cummofit Stuart! Mr Agnew can easily afford to fork out a fine... and just think what NEGATIVE PUBLICITY the imposition of a fine on an MEP would provoke... Mr Schulz will shoot himself in both feet. Mr Agnew is right (much as it pains me to say so): there is a glaring deficit in terms of democracy, accountability and transparency in Brussels: TTIP is being conducted behind closed doors, and being forced through by unelected commissioners in the teeth of massive public opposition orchestrated in this country not least by the campaign organised by 38 degrees who have over 2.5 million activists (far more than the combined memberships of all of the Usual Suspects business-as-usual political parties): TTIP will open Europe up to US corporate ethics (and we've already seen what that means in the financial services sector, have we not?): of course the US are keen as mustard to see this happen, it's in THEIR interests (just like the recent trade agreement that they 'negotiated' with the Pacific rim countries - minus China): we must all resist this -irrespective of petty party political considerations. Cameron and Osborne want TTIP to happen. That tells you all you need to know...

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    martin wallis

    Saturday, October 24, 2015

  • Kipper coward...if you really cared he would have blown the whistle and paid the measly fine out of his very significant earning he takes and banks from the EU. Thanks to the kipper supporters who are trying to spin this act of publicity hungry cowardice as somehow good. Blinkered and embarrassing.

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    Rushallchap2

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

  • Outside the EU the tories will sign up to TTIP in one form or another. What MR Agnerw should be doing is aligning with othrer groups who are working to expose TTIP for what it is - a scheme to give banks, big pharm & tobacco companies control over nation states.

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    Rob44

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

  • In the 70s Britain singed up to the common market can anyone tell me when we signed up to the European union , I think the sooner we get out the better and get control of our borders back

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    mickthedig

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • well done stuart for exposing the EU . This is more proof we need to vote out of this failed bankrupt EU . The EU is on its last legs now with all countries sick of being bullied by the germans and french into excepting hundreds of thousands of migrants it cannot afford and doesn't want

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    milecross

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • "led into a windowless cell where I was issued with special blank paper"? Sure you weren't just be shown where the loos are?

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    Red Steepler

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • This just proves that the EU wants us to pay megga bucks into their bent and corrupt system and just become nodding dogs , without teeth. Well done sir in bringing this to the publics attention .

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    yarco

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • Where TTIP = Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which would have been nice to have been stated in the article.

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    Pink Duck

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • So:- Courage of convictions? Democracy in action (or is that, inaction)? Size of testosterone production organs? At least it's commented on but that's minute consolation. The next thing is EU accounts won't be signed off for farming support grants, as an example. Don't sit on your hands, as a UKIP member of the EU parliament, surely no-one was elected to do that and just take the EU shilling?

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    F G HOB

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • Another example of UKIP trying to make out standard procedure is somehow a failing in the EU. Obviously he isn't the first person to take issue with the secrecy of the negotiation, since the federalists were calling for the process to be opened up over a year ago. However he is the first person to try to suggest that this is somehow a sign of a lack of democracy in the E.U. If it's so unique to the EU that this negotiation is going on behinds closed doors, why is the process equally opaque in the U.S....? Where the U.S. citizens have to sit on their hands while unelected Dan Mullaney, and his team of equally unelected officials negotiate their position. We can only conclude that Stuart is suggesting that the U.S. is equally undemocratic, and I'm not sure many U.S. citizens would agree with you.

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    Unity Matey

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • Now that this is out surely Mr Agnew can move to get support from those who object to TTIP, the numbers against are now substantial so I would not expect this to be kicked into the long grass as easily as it would have been 6 months ago.

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    Rob44

    Monday, October 19, 2015

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