08-December-2017 @ 13:00
07-December-2017 @ 12:00
30-November-2017 @ 15:00
The people have spoken and have decided that the UK should leave the European Union.
Our job now as Conservative MEPs is to help secure a deal that safeguards Britain’s best interests while maintaining the best possible relations with our European partners.
So long as Britain is a member of the EU Conservative MEPs will remain fully engaged, contributing to legislation, voting in Parliament and representing our country and constituents.
In the longer term we will not turn our back on Europe. We will continue to trade with the EU and co-operate in important areas such as security.
A new chapter in our nation's history is opening. We are committed to playing our part in forging a positive role for Britain in Europe and the rest of the world.
Ashley Fox MEP
UK Conservatives in the European Parliament
The European Parliament convenes for the final time this year in Strasbourg and Conservative MEPs are active on multiple fronts.
On TUESDAY they will vote against a move which could outlaw doner kebabs. MEPs are being asked to ban the use in some products of phosphates, a vital binding ingredient in doner kebab meat. There is no proven health risk and the European Food Safety Authority is due to complete a detailed study of phosphates by the end of next year. Until those results are known, Conservatives believe it is irresponsible to take action which would threaten 200,000 jobs across the EU.
On WEDNESDAY morning MEPs debate the progress of Brexit negotiations. Conservative Syed Kamall (London), leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group and the most senior UK MEP, will address the Parliament.
Later a vote is taken on proposals to clamp down on tax practices revealed by the Panama Papers. While fully supporting the fight against tax evasion, Conservatives will abstain because they cannot back calls for some tax setting powers to be stripped from Member States and harmonised in Brussels.
Action to help Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is being voted on THURSDAY. Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir (Yorkshire and the Humber), successfully called for the issue to be placed on the agenda and the vote follows a debate on the crisis which is scheduled for TUESDAY.