Jonathan Arnott must resign position as an MEP after standing down from UKIP
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Jonathan Arnott was elected as a UKIP MEP on the 25th of May 2015. On the 19th of January 2018 Jonathan Arnott resigned his position within UKIP and became an independent in the European Parliament. This position means unless he resigns as an MEP, he has broken a covenant he committed too and signed before being selected as UKIP's candidate for the North East.
If he had one ounce of integrity, he would honour the covenant and resign his position as an MEP, which many UKIP voters are calling on Jonathan to do.
We are calling on Jonathan Arnott MEP to resign his position with immediate effect.
Below is a letter written to Jonathan by Gerard Batten detailing the covenant Jonathan agreed too.
I was surprised to get your email of resignation from the Party.
It is too late now for me to try and persuade you to remain and hold your post during the stormy weather, you have made your decision, which is regrettable.
However, I am astounded that you, while you resign from UKIP, say you are not resigning from the EFDD Group. This makes no sense.
You will recall that when you became a UKIP MEP we all signed an undertaking that said we would:
“Remain a member of UKIP throughout their Parliamentary term of office and resign their seat in the Parliament if they:
• Cease to be a member fo the Party (UKIP)
• Resign the Whip
• Unable to follow the policies of the Party.”
If you are resigning from UKIP then you should also resign as an MEP. You hold your seat because UKIP activists and members put you there.
I have always respected you and considered you to be an honourable man, and thought of you as a loyal Party member.
The only honourable course of action for you now is to resign your seat and allow the next person on the Party List who does still believe in UKIP to take it up.
For you to leave UKIP yet remain in as an MEP, and take the salary and the €300 a day expenses, would be contemptible.
Please either reconsider your decision and remain in UKIP, or resign your seat entirely.
Member of the European Parliament for London
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