THE Nikki Sinclaire European referendum battle bus was in Mell Square in Solihull last Friday and business was brisk.
The Eurosceptic West Midlands MEP has once again embarked on getting a 100,000 strong petition calling for a referendum on the future of Britain’s membership of the EU after Prime Minister David Cameron side-stepped the last one that landed at his door.
“The situation in Greece has been the biggest topic with more money going into the bail out fund,” she said.
“People want to know why we are giving them money when we’re having to cut public services here.”
Sinclaire herself though has softened her approach, elected as a vehement anti-EU campaigner on the UKIP ticket, she’s now serving on four EC committees and admits she’s appreciating much of the good work done by the EU.
“I still want us out though,” she said.
“The problem with the UK is that we do not have a mandate; David Cameron is too worried about the newspaper headlines back home to engage fully in Europe because he knows that he doesn’t have the public behind him.
“We need that mandate to move forward – they’re keen for mayors and police commissioners, why not a vote on Europe?” Sinclaire, who admits to behaving the time of her life, also acknowledges she has made a lot of enemies.
She split with UKIP over who their bedfellows would be in the European Parliament, then facilitated a newspaper ‘sting’ showing MEPs turning up, pocketing their daily attendance allowance, then leaving.
She’s also under investigation for financial irregularities over her own expenses, but is confident of being cleared.
“My expenses are totally transparent, I lead a modest life, I still live in Shirley and nothing is hidden,” she said.
Next on her agenda is Ireland – the battle bus, resplendent in Union Jacks – is heading for the Emerald Isle to campaign for a no vote in their referendum on the new EU Treaty.