European Parliament News

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

Deva: Prince Charles is the right person to lead the Commonwealth

17-Apr-2018 @ 09:00

Senior Conservative MEP, Nirj Deva, has rejected Kate Osamor MP's statement (Times 13th April) that Prince Charles should not succeed HM The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth as "preposterous". The Labour Shadow Development Secretary claims him undeserving of this role because he is “not level headed, nor assertive, nor thinks outside the box.”

Syed Kamall: Macron's proposals risk a return to a 1950s agenda

17-Apr-2018 @ 11:00

Emmanuel Macron's reform proposals risk returning the European Union to an outdated agenda of political integration, European Conservatives and Reformists group Co-chairman Syed Kamall warned today. Responding to the French President's address to the European Parliament, Conservative MEP Mr Kamall said that while agreeing on the need to shake up the EU, the ECR group could not support future plans for a bigger budget, harmonised corporate taxes, a unified social policy, a common asylum policy or a European minister of finance.

Kamall: Syria strikes necessary to reinstate international rules

16-Apr-2018 @ 17:00

Responding to President Tajani's statement to the European Parliament this afternoon on military strikes by the US, UK and France in Syria, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, Co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said:

EU follows UK with plan to protect farmers from unfair practices

12-Apr-2018 @ 13:45

Measures unveiled today by the European Commission to tackle unfair practices in the food supply chain are an important step forward, according to Conservative Agriculture spokesman Anthea McIntyre.

McClarkin: Time to tackle match-fixing

11-Apr-2018 @ 15:00

A major conference exploring how match-fixing in football can be ended warned that unless the practice was stopped fans and players would be “alienated”.

New consumer rights must be "effective, practical and proportionate"

11-Apr-2018 @ 14:00

Conservative Internal Market spokesman Daniel Dalton MEP today welcomed the European Commission's New Deal for Consumers.

Conservative MEP says "protectionist" vote will hit business

21-Mar-2018 @ 14:00

MEPs chose protectionism Measures which would have made it easier for companies to work across the European Union have been rejected today in a move branded protectionist by a senior Conservative MEP.

Conservative MEPs oppose protectionist measures for airlines

20-Mar-2018 @ 13:00

Airlines based outside the EU could face protectionist measures against them after the European Parliament’s Transport Committee voted to update the EU’s competition rules today.

Conservative MEPs' leader condemns Juncker's "nauseating" Putin letter

20-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Responding to Jean-Claude Juncker's letter congratulating Vladimir Putin on his election victory, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said: "This is a disgraceful letter from Jean-Claude Juncker.

Ashley Fox: "This is a landmark moment"

19-Mar-2018 @ 01:00

The UK can begin to position itself as a global trading nation following today's agreement with the European Union over terms of the implementation period. Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox welcomed the key concession secured by David Davis which enables the Government to start negotiating and signing new trade deals across the world.

Plans for closer ties between the EU and Commonwealth

19-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Proposals will be unveiled today in Brussels to establish closer, formal ties between the EU and Commonwealth after Brexit. Conservative MEP Emma McClarkin has drafted a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ that would create links between the EU and its institutions to the Commonwealth. The draft will be submitted to both the EU and Commonwealth for consideration in an open letter later this week.

Two Conservative MEPs appointed to European Parliament's new pesticides committee

16-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Conservative Agriculture Spokesman Anthea McIntyre MEP and colleague Daniel Dalton MEP have been appointed to the European Parliament's special committee on pesticides.

Conservative MEPs oppose European Union "tax trespass"

15-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Measures which would reduce the ability of Member States to set their own corporate taxes have been strongly opposed by Conservative MEPs.

"Rohingya refugees need help now. Countries must honour their pledges"

15-Mar-2018 @ 10:00

Time is running out for countries to make good on their pledges to help Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar before the monsoon season arrives, a Conservative MEP warned today. Speaking after visiting refugee camps in Bangladesh, Baroness Mobarik said it was not acceptable that 40 per cent of the initial $83 million promised by the international community to the UNHCR had still to be donated. Tomorrow the United Nations is expected to call for hundreds of millions of dollars more to be made available to deal with the humanitarian crisis.

Tariffs are not the answer to global oversupply of steel

14-Mar-2018 @ 10:00

The UK must protect its industry from President Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs, Emma McClarkin MEP told the European Parliament today.

Ashley Fox: "We have a shared interest in getting Brexit right."

13-Mar-2018 @ 12:00

Only a lack of political will and imagination will stop Britain forging a new, mutually beneficial relationship with the European Union, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said today.

Ashley Fox welcomes Tusk's call for an ambitious free trade deal

07-Mar-2018 @ 15:45

Responding to the European Council's draft negotiating guidelines, published today, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said: "Donald Tusk's draft guidelines leave scope for negotiation and I am pleased to hear him echo the UK's desire to strike 'an ambitious and advanced' free trade agreement.

Ashley Fox: "The EU must now join us in positive talks"

02-Mar-2018 @ 15:00

Responding to the Prime Minister's Mansion House speech today, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said: “The Prime Minister has today clearly laid out the UK’s position, adding significant detail to her previous speeches in Lancaster House and Florence.

Conservative MEPs intervene to defeat threat to UK spirit industry

02-Mar-2018 @ 09:00

An EU attempt to allow a waste product from beer making to be used in whisky and other spirits has been defeated following the intervention of Conservative MEPs. UK producers feared Scotch whisky's reputation for quality would have been damaged by a rule change enabling alcohol from de-alcoholised beers to be included in spirits. Currently manufacturers must use agricultural raw materials only.

More EU action urged to tackle terrorist funding

01-Mar-2018 @ 13:00

Cutting off funding to extremist groups is a key tool in the fight against terrorism, Conservative Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Tannock told MEPs today.