European Parliament News

Here you can find an archive of all the news items that have been on this website.

"The backstop will create a hard border, not prevent one."

30-Jan-2019 @ 16:30

The Irish backstop, far from preventing a hard border post-Brexit, will create one if not amended, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox warned the European Parliament this afternoon.

Call for EU to review Zimbabwe sanctions

24-Jan-2019 @ 01:00

The EU should review its sanctions against individuals in Zimbabwe following the brutal crackdown on opposition forces, Conservative Security and defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden MEP said today.

MEPs agree to close criminal records loophole

24-Jan-2019 @ 12:30

An agreement that will close a loophole currently hampering the fight against cross border crime and terrorism has been approved today in the European Parliament.

Conservative MEPs help see off threat to UK motorsport

22-Jan-2019 @ 14:15

A threat to UK motorsport was headed off today after MEPs backed a Conservative call to amend an overhaul of the EU's motor insurance rules. The vote means that motorsport will be exempt from a directive detailing which vehicles must be insured, and in what circumstances.

Conservative consumer rights proposals backed by MEPs

22-Jan-2019 @ 13:15

New EU-wide sanctions which could see heavy fines imposed on firms which breach consumer rights are included in a Conservative report backed by MEPs today. The legislation, being piloted through the European Parliament by Conservative Consumer Affairs spokesman Daniel Dalton MEP, also specifies that money from fines must be used to benefit consumers or offset any damage caused by the breach.

Syed Kamall: EU faces a choice after Brexit vote

16-Jan-2019 @ 14:15

The European Union should stand ready to help address concerns about the Withdrawal Agreement expressed by British MPs, MEPs have been told.

Conservatives oppose politically motivated pesticides report

16-Jan-2019 @ 14:00

Politically motivated recommendations to overhaul the way pesticides are authorised for use in the European Union were opposed by Conservative MEPs today. The European Parliament's special committee on pesticides is proposing that many powers to licence products are removed from member states and centralised in Brussels, despite hearing from experts that the present system works well.

MEPs follow UK’s lead to promote gender equality

15-Jan-2019 @ 13:00

Proposals to boost opportunities for women and tackle sexual harassment in the European Parliament have been supported today by Conservative MEPs.

Online broadcasting reforms offer more viewer choice

14-Dec-2018 @ 13:00

Viewers will be able to watch news and current affairs programmes from across the EU online under new arrangements agreed today by the European Council and Parliament.

European Parliament calls for close security ties with UK post-Brexit

12-Dec-2018 @ 15:00

MEPs approved a new plan to fight terrorism today that calls for the EU to have a close security partnership with the UK after it leaves the bloc.

Kamall: UK can replicate new EU-Japan trade deal

12-Dec-2018 @ 14:00

A deal which will form the blueprint for post-Brexit trade between the UK and Japan has been approved by the European Parliament today.

Plans to close crime fighting loophole clear key hurdle

11-Dec-2018 @ 16:00

Moves to close a loophole which is hampering the fight against cross border crime and terrorism cleared an important hurdle today. Proposals by Conservative Home Affairs Spokesman Daniel Dalton will enable national authorities to establish quickly whether any EU member state holds criminal records on a non-EU citizen. They have been backed in talks between European Parliament and Council negotiators today and are now expected to be voted on by Parliament in the New Year.

Move to re-open Glyphosate case attacked by Conservative MEPs

06-Dec-2018 @ 15:00

Conservative MEPs today condemned moves to re-open the decision to licence the world's most popular weed killer for use in the European Union. 

Dalton – EU single market in services remains "a mirage"

22-Nov-2018 @ 01:00

Today's European Commission report on the Single Market exposes the reluctance of some countries and political groups to support the EU's flagship project.

MEPs back plan to revolutionise international trade

20-Nov-2018 @ 11:00

Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin's plan to utilise blockchain technology to boost trade has been backed by the European Parliament's Trade Committee today.

New EU rail rules threaten UK passenger rights

15-Nov-2018 @ 01:00

New rules approved today by MEPs risk undermining existing rail passenger rights in the UK, Conservative Transport Spokesman Jacqueline Foster MEP has warned.

MEPs call for close security ties with UK post-Brexit

14-Nov-2018 @ 09:00

The EU must have a close security partnership with the UK after Brexit to fight terrorism, the European Parliament's Special Committee on Terrorism has concluded.

Dyson case: Commission must now design new tests

08-Nov-2018 @ 13:00

Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox has issued the following statement in response to today's European Court of Justice ruling on the long running case involving James Dyson:

Support for plans to transform EU crowdfunding sector

05-Nov-2018 @ 18:30

The first EU-wide regulation of the crowdfunding sector has today cleared an important legislative hurdle. The European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee approved a report by Conservative MEP Ashley Fox and agreed to send it straight into talks with the European Commission and Council. It is now hoped the legislation can be passed before the European elections in May 2019.

Kamall: EU-Japan deal stepping stone for UK's own agreement

05-Nov-2018 @ 16:00

Ratifying the EU-Japan trade deal is the UK's first step to secure its own ambitious agreement with Japan post-Brexit, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall said today after the European Parliament's trade committee approved the deal.