Mike Hookem MEP has today joined UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall, in welcoming the triggering of Article 50; the start of the process for the UK to leave the EU.
Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds, Mr Hookem said, "I hope there is a sensible debate on trade and I hope we are leaving a political union. We don't want to leave Europe as a trading partner. We hope we get a good trading deal with them - a tariff-free trading deal."
"Personally, I would like to see the return of our fishing grounds and the implementation of a 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), so that we can rebuild our fisheries. I want our fishermen around the country to fish our waters, and land our fish, in our ports. I think that is very important and this is a redline for me in the coming negotiations!"
Speaking to national media outlets, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said, “Today the Government will finally act on the historic decision of the people of this country to leave the European Union.
“Finally, nine months after our vote the UK will formally inform the EU that we are leaving.
“UKIP is delighted that this is eventually happening. 25 years ago this party was formed to make this a reality, so it would be churlish to complain. We have been ignored, dismissed insulted and abused, but through determination and with good humour we fought on, and we have succeeded.
“The nine months delay has, of course, cost the taxpayer additional billions, and has allowed those who would block the democratic will of the people to do all they can to spread discord, but we are here now.
“While negotiations continue, we will continue to be the 'guard dogs of Brexit', holding the Government's feet to the fire at home and our MEPs will be working to ensure our friends on the continent do not pull any fast ones.
“We will provide the political threat to ensure no backsliding takes place and ensure that Brexit does indeed mean Exit.
“With our six key tests, we have set out a reasonable and clear position by which the Government's negotiations can be held to account.
“But today, for now, we wish the Government and the Prime Minister well.
“If they fail in this historic task, 17 million people are ready to act.”