17-January-2018 @ 10:00
16-January-2018 @ 16:00
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's first sitting of 2018 takes place in Strasbourg this week.
On MONDAY MEPs will discuss streamlining common rules on fishing gear and methods, including new techniques such as electric pulse fishing, which drives deep dwelling fish up into nets without damaging the seabed. Conservative Fisheries Spokesman Baroness Mobarik (Scotland) supports restrictions on electric pulse fishing until a detailed scientific evaluation has been completed. The issue is voted on TUESDAY.
On TUESDAY Conservative MEP Syed Kamall (London), leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, is addressing MEPs on the outcome of last month's European Council meeting at which leaders agreed to move onto the next phase of Brexit talks. On WEDNESDAY he will otline what the ECR Group wants to see from the Bulgarian presidency of the Council, which runs for the next six months.
MEPs debate the European Commission's new strategy for reducing plastic waste on WEDNESDAY. Being unveiled on Tuesday, the plan is expected to mirror many of the initiatives just announced by Prime Minister Theresa May.