05-August-2016 @ 08:30
02-August-2016 @ 12:30
19-July-2016 @ 12:00
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
Conservative MEPs are attending a series of committee meetings at the European Parliament in Brussels.
On TUESDAY the inquiry into the "Dieselgate" affair is due take evidence from former EU industry commissioner Gunter Verheugen and representatives from leading catalytic converter supplier Faurecia.
Several committees are voting on amendments to the EU's 2017 budget, which includes provision to tackle the migration crisis. On Wednesday the Development Committee discusses the proposals and its response will be co-ordinated by Conservative MEP Nirj Deva. On the same day MEPs debate whether to approve the newly agreed trade agreement between the EU and Canada.
On THURSDAY Conservative members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee are likely to oppose Commission proposals aimed at protecting retail investors. The rules form part of a regulation known as Priips and include changes to how asset managers calculate and display fund charges and investment performance. However, Conservatives believe the measures are poorly drafted and could mislead rather than help consumers.
Also on THURSDAY, Emma McClarkin MEP will lead the International Trade Committee's response to the EU Action Plan on Wildlife Trafficking, while the transport committee considers Dan Dalton MEP's proposals for strengthening regulations covering motor vehicles aimed at helping prevent a repeat of the diesel emissions scandal.