20-October-2016 @ 09:00
20-October-2016 @ 15:00
13-October-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
The European Parliament sits in Strasbourg this week.
On TUESDAY MEPs will debate a report by Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre proposing new rules to help prevent the influx and spread of plant diseases. The package will be put to the vote on Wednesday and introduce EU wide surveillance and control measures to halt potential outbreaks more effectively.
Also on TUESDAY, the parliament discusses the EU's 2017 budget and whether national governments should be asked pay more to cover extra spending in areas such as the migration crisis and border security. Conservative Budgets spokesman Richard Ashworth will speak in the debate.
On WEDNESDAY the Parliament considers the outcome of the European Council summit with Council President Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Conservative MEP Syed Kamall will lament the lack of progress in several critical areas.
The winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will be announced on THURSDAY. Conservatives are supporting Mustafa Dhemilev, who has devoted his life to protecting the human rights of Tatars in the Crimea region, spent 15 years in Soviet prisons and is now, as a prominent member of the Ukranian parliament, fighting for the return of his Crimean homeland to the Ukraine.