Milliardæren Paul Sykes lover å støtte UKIP ved våren valg til EU-parlamentet. Det er særs dårlig nytt for David Cameron og Toryene.
Cameron har lovet folkeavstemning om EU etter neste parlamentsvalg. Men det hjelper ikke. Cameron gjør ikke noe for å stanse opphevelse av grensekontroll for rumenere og bulgarere fra 1. januar. Meningsmålinger viser massiv motstand mot at Bulgaria og Romania skal bli medlem av Schengen.
Sykes sier Storbritannia er ved å avskaffe seg selv som selvstendig stat.
Sykes er god for 650 millioner pund, og støtten ventes å bli vesentlig. Ved valget i 2004 ga han UKIP 1,5 million pund. Nå er motivasjonen enda sterkere.
“It is time to tell the truth and let the people decide … I want this country to get back to becoming a self-governing nation,” he said.
“That is what I am in it for. I am not going to sit here and do nothing. It’s my final thing this, it’s my Waterloo.”
“As a nation state, Britain is drinking in the last chance saloon,” said Mr Sykes, who in a 2010 Rich List was estimated to be worth £650 million.
“Our failure to exert any control over our border with the 27 other members of the EU means that we are on the brink of abolishing ourselves as an independent country and consigning 1,000 years of nationhood to the dustbin of history.”
He added: “I have nothing against people from Romania and Bulgaria, but given the four million immigrants we have absorbed since 1997, and given the prospect that the end of transitional controls on two of the poorest countries on the continent will trigger another wave of mass immigration … you have to drawn the line somewhere.”
Mr Sykes said he was not a Ukip member and had no party political motivation behind his decision to provide the party with funds.
“I am in this to give people a say about their future,” he said.
“We are going to roll some guns out … every person in Britain will get to know a lot more from our campaign than they have ever got to know from all the other campaigns put together.”
Mr Farage said: “I have worked with Paul and been close to him over many years and I have never seen him so determined as he is today. I have said for a long time now that I wanted to cause an earthquake on May 22 next year, and with people like Paul Sykes working with us that makes it more likely.”
Mr Farage’s party currently has 13 seats in the European Parliament after winning around 16.5 per cent of the vote in 2009, pushing Labour into third place. Pollsters believe Ukip would need to secure about 27 per cent in the elections expected on May 22 to overtake the Tories as the largest UK party in the European Parliament.