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
Many Conservative MEPs will be joining colleagues from other national delegations in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group for a series of policy discussions this week. Issues on the agenda include Brexit, future trade negotiations between the EU and UK, EU/US relations, migration, security policy and the latest developments in Turkey. Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox (South West and Gibraltar) will deliver a keynote speech.
Elsewhere, MEPs will be preparing for next week's parliamentary session in Strasbourg. Measure being voted on range from the European Commission's priorities for 2018, improving access to books for the blind and the first ever EU-Cuba agreement.