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Ukip Donor Andrew Perloff Calls For Referendum... To Kick Out Scotland

25/09/2014 15:17 BST | Updated 25/09/2014 15:59 BST

A Ukip donor has called for an English referendum on ejecting Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.

Property investor Andrew Perloff, chairman of Hertfordshire-based real estate firm Panther Securities, said Scotland's rejection of independence came as no surprise given that UK taxpayers "contribute £1,600 per year per person... to these malcontents".

Under the heading "chairman's ramblings" in Panther Securities' interim results, Perloff said: "We have just had the result of the Scottish referendum which appears as a resounding Yes to the union 55% in favour to 45% against.

"I do not know why the result would have been in doubt.

"Why would any faction of a social club resign when all the other members contribute £1,600 per year per person to their particular faction and have been further browbeaten to offer further incentives to these malcontents?

"Perhaps now the English can have a referendum as to whether we wish to keep the Scots in and whilst we are at it, the Irish and Welsh as well! Why should the Scots have a one-way bet?"

Panther Securities, which recorded pre-tax profits of £3,235,000 in the six months to June, has donated £17,500 to Ukip.

The interim report states: "At our Annual General Meeting held on 18 June 2014, the resolution I submitted to donate £17,500 to the UK Independence Party was hotly debated. The voting went to a poll resulting in the resolution being passed."

In the wake of the historic vote, Ukip leader Nigel Farage demanded that Scottish MPs immediately give up their right to debate or vote on devolved English issues in Westminster.

Farage wrote to 59 Scottish MPs asking them to commit to ending their involvement in England-only policies, saying: "We've had a lot from Scotland but the tail cannot go on wagging the dog any longer."

As the prime minister continues to face the difficult prospect of fulfilling promises he vowed in the lead up to the referendum in a desperate bid to appease Scottish voters disillusioned by the British Government, Farage has accused the PM of ignoring England to mollify the Scots.

Farage said Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband were "so lackluster" in the early part of the referendum campaign that they "panicked and made a series of promises on behalf of the English - one, to devolve more powers, but secondly they made a promise to maintain the Barnett Formula whereby the UK taxpayer spends £1,600 more on every Scot than on every English person.

"Throughout this whole devolution period [England] really have been the poor relation, we've been ignored."

The Ukip leader called for an open constitutional convention, saying "let's find a fair proper way to have a federal United Kingdom, where all four parts of the country are happy that they've got a fair deal."

"England needs a voice, England demands a voice," he said.