Despite UKIP’s London mayor candidate Peter Whittle polling only 3.6 per cent of the vote, the party secured two seats in the Greater London Authority and secured seven candidates elected in Welsh local elections.The party, which campaigns largely on the basis of being an anti-EU organisation, is now looking to the business community for votes. UKIP small business spokesman Margot Parker, who is an MEP for the East Midlands, said: “There are many reasons why we would be better off out – and small businesses would thrive away from the red tape tangles and over-regulation of the EU.” Parker and UKIP believe the EU is “designed to help large corporations”, and not small ones, with EU regulations affecting 100 per cent of SMEs – rather than the five per cent which export to the continent. “It can cost SMEs up to ten times as much per employee to administer EU compliance compared to a large company,” Parker explained. Read more about UKIP:
- Will UKIP do anything to help small businesses?
- UKIP’s rise shines a light on the need for EU reform
- Some of the political backings made by business leaders and celebrities
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