Ashley Fox MEP

South West

Ashley Fox

Roles:
Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament; Industry & Research Spokesman, Constitutional Affairs Spokesman

Parliamentary Committees:
Industry, Research and Energy; Economic and Monetary Affairs

Parliamentary Delegations:
Relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil; Relations with Mercosur; Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly; Relations with the Arab Peninsula

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"PM has ensured everyone now knows where we stand" – Ashley Fox

17 Jan 2017 @ 17:00

Ashley Fox, leader of Conservative MEPs in the European Parliament, welcomed Theresa May's speech.

He said: "The Prime Minister has today laid out clearly and firmly how Britain will approach negotiations over our departure from the EU.

"Silly and dangerous" Lib Dem plans to have us vote for European parties

03 Jul 2013 @ 9:0

The European Parliament will vote tomorrow (Thursday) on whether to adopt anastonishing report proposing intrusive changes to the way European elections arerun in Britain.
The report has been drawn up by Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff and urgesa series of measures which he thinks would create greater engagement of votersacross Europe. As well as promoting the idea of a directly-elected president ofEurope, it calls for pan-European parties to be given party political broadcastsand for their logos to appear on ballot papers.
Ashley Fox MEP, Conservative spokesman in the parliament on constitutionalaffairs, today labelled the plans "silly and dangerous" and vowed he and hisfellow Tories would oppose them resolutely.
Mr Duff, an MEP for the East of England, is proud to hold the post ofPresident of the Union of European Federalists and makes no secret of his wishto see Britain swallowed into a European super-state, run from Brussels, withvotes cast along pan-European party lines rather than according to nationalpolitics.
South West MEP Mr Fox said: "This sounds like the sort of screamingfederalist nonsense you might expect to come out of Belgium or Luxembourg. Forit to come from a British MEP just shows how far he and his party are out oftouch with British voters on such a key issue.
"His federalist dream is everyone else's nightmare. He is effectivelycalling for a directly-elected President of the European Commission. Europe doesnot need any such thing because it is not a state, much as he might want it tobe one.
"Nor do we need the logos of European parties on our ballot papers. Britishvoters know exactly who Labour and Conservatives are. Some even recognise thename Liberal Democrat - but nobody has the faintest idea what ALDE or S&Dstands for.
"I have not yet been inundated by demands from voters for extra partypolitical broadcasts. I would suggest they have quite enough already, thank youvery much, without being force-fed more from federalist European parties.
"I'm all for ways of improving voter engagement in the European elections -but these silly and dangerous proposals would have the opposite effect. Theywould turn voters straight off.
"They will simply create more hostility to Brussels and its constantinterference in national affairs rather than foster some pan-Europeanidentity."

"The important work starts here. We must get it right."

08 Dec 2017 @ 13:00

Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox has welcomed news of an agreement between the UK and EU.

"We need a good agreement, not a good fight"

05 Apr 2017 @ 10:30

Britain and the EU must work together to shape a close new relationship that works in the interests of all citizens, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox told the European Parliament today.

All-party Innovation Group launched in the European Parliament

30 Oct 2017 @ 01:00

A new all-party Innovation Group has been launched in the European Parliament to foster innovative technologies.

Article 50: It's time to begin shaping our future

29 Mar 2017 @ 13:15

Responding to today's submission by the Government of Article 50, triggering the start of negotiations over the UK's departure from the EU, Ashley Fox, leader of Conservative MEPs in the European Parliament, said:

Ashley Fox helps Gibraltar take her show on the road

22 Jan 2015 @ 10:0

Gibraltar was showing its wares to the world this week with a prominent display in the European Parliament, thanks to Conservative MEP Ashley Fox.

Ashley Fox MEP responds to the European Parliament's Brexit resolution

03 Oct 2017 @ 01:00

Responding to today's resolution in the European Parliament, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said:

Ashley Fox MEP welcomes today's start to Brexit negotiations

19 Jun 2017 @ 09:00

Ashley Fox, leader of Conservative MEPs in the European Parliament, welcomes today’s start to Brexit negotiations.

He said: “Today the UK Government begins negotiating our departure from the European Union.

Ashley Fox MEP's statement on May's call for a General Election

18 Apr 2017 @ 12:30

 Reacting to Theresa May's decision to call a General Election on June 8, Ashley Fox, leader of Conservatives in the European Parliament, said:

Ashley Fox rejects Verhofstadt's call for "more Europe"

14 Feb 2017 @ 11:30

Speaking in a European Parliament debate today on the future of the EU, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said the EU had lost touch with its citizens.

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.

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.

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: “We fully expect Gibraltar to be part of the transition period.”

20 Dec 2017 @ 12:00

Responding to the European Commission's proposed negotiating mandate today, Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, Ashley Fox, said: “We fully expect Gibraltar to be part of the transition period and for the EU to be cooperative in negotiating this arrangement. It's in no-one's interest that Gibraltar suddenly leaves the EU in March 2019 without time for businesses and workers to adapt.

Ashley Fox: Capitalism works for the many, not the few

03 Oct 2017 @ 14:00

Brexit will be a success only if the Conservatives' vision of a free trading, global Britain is delivered, the party's conference heard this afternoon.

Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said the country's future would be at risk if Labour was allowed to take control of the powers being repatriated from Brussels.

Ashley Fox: Commission should follow UK's example on Poland

21 Dec 2017 @ 16:00

Speaking as British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Poland today, 24 hours after the European Commission's controversial decision to invoke Article 7 against the country, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said: 

Ashley Fox: Customs proposals a good basis for "creative negotiation".

15 Aug 2017 @ 12:00

The UK Government's proposals for a future customs relationship with the EU are practical, achievable and allow room for "creative negotiation" according to Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox.

Ashley Fox: Florence could be the cradle of Britain's renaissance

22 Sep 2017 @ 16:15

Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox has urged the EU to respond positively to Prime Minister Theresa May's landmark speech in Florence today.

He said: "Brussels has been asking for concrete proposals and here they are.

Ashley Fox: Let's work together to build a new relationship

17 May 2017 @ 10:00

The European Union should not seek money from Britain during the Brexit negotiations simply to cover its own budgetary failures, UK Conservative delegation leader Ashley Fox told MEPs today.

Ashley Fox: Limit European Parliament presidents to two terms.

23 Sep 2016 @ 15:30

MEPs are being urged to support a move which would limit European Parliament presidents to two terms as a way of promoting "fresh leadership."

Conservative MEPs leader Ashley Fox has submitted an amendment to the revised rules of procedure being drawn up by the Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee via the Corbett report. It states that "Members shall be permitted to serve a maximum of two terms in the office of President ...which may be served consecutively or with interruption."

Ashley Fox: MEPs should not attempt to dictate negotiations.

13 Dec 2017 @ 14:00

The European Parliament should stick to its brief and not try and tie the hands of Brexit negotiators, Conservative MEP's leader Ashley Fox said today.

Ashley Fox: Research is too important to play politics with

07 Jun 2018 @ 15:00

The EU is being urged to act quickly and formalise the UK's post-Brexit involvement in the bloc's scientific research programme.

Conservative Industry and Research Spokesman Ashley Fox MEP was speaking following publication of details of how the Horizon Europe scheme will operate from 2021. The UK receives the largest share of grants from the current programme and today's document leaves the door open for it to continue participating after Brexit.

Ashley Fox: The EU must respond to people's call for change

01 Mar 2017 @ 16:00

Responding to the European Commission's Future of Europe white paper, Ashley Fox, leader of Conservative MEPs, said today:

"I am pleased to see President Juncker laying out a series of options for the future of the EU rather than once again simply pushing his tired vision of a federal Europe. It is a little late, but he is finally acknowledging there is more than one way for the EU to proceed.

"Of course, Britain is leaving the EU and the remaining 27 Member States must decide their own future. However, it is in the UK's interest for the EU to be a successful, stable and well-governed partner and ally.

"I sincerely hope this important debate takes note of the clear call for change coming from people across the Union who have lost confidence in the EU as currently structured."

Ashley Fox: Travelling circus a symbol of all that's wrong with the EU

05 Jul 2017 @ 14:00

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani is being urged to intervene to help end the parliament's costly "travelling circus" between Brussels and Strasbourg.

The cross party Single Seat Group, headed by Conservative MEP Ashley Fox, wants Mr Tajani to raise the matter with the European Council, which would have to initiate the treaty change required to stop the monthly trips. Having two parliamentary seats costs EU taxpayers an estimated €114 million a year.

Big step forward for campaign to end Strasbourg circus

14 Oct 2013 @ 18:0

Campaigning MEP Ashley Fox today hailed a key vote in theEuropean Parliament as a major boost in his drive to end the notoriousStrasbourg "travelling circus".

Brexit minister to hold regular meetings with Conservative MEPs

15 Nov 2016 @ 01:00

Minister for Exiting the European Union David Jones said today he wanted to hold regular meetings with Conservative MEPs as the Brexit process moves forward.

Broad support for move to limit European Parliament presidents to two terms.

27 Sep 2016 @ 16:45

A call for European Parliament presidents to be limited to two terms in office has been supported by MEPs from six of the parliament's eight political groups.

Members from the ECR, EPP, ALDE, GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups are amongst the 50 to sign an amendment submitted by Conservative MEP leader Ashley Fox to the revised rules of procedure being drawn up by the Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee via the Corbett report.

Campaigning MEP elected to lead Tories in Brussels

25 Nov 2014 @ 14:15

Ashley Fox is the new leader of Britain's 19 Conservative MEPs.

Coming up this year: protecting the environment and wildlife, making Europe safer and triggering Article 50

10 Jan 2017 @ 14:00

Conservative MEPs have returned to the European Parliament this week to a busy agenda. The many issues they will be working on in the coming months include:

Commission proposals on tax avoidance must not undermine European competitiveness

28 Jan 2016 @ 1:0

New proposals from the European Commission to tackle tax avoidance must ensure that businesses pay their fair share of tax, whilst not hindering Europe's competitiveness, say Conservative MEPs.

Commission tax plans threaten national sovereignty, say Conservative MEPs

17 Jun 2015 @ 16:30

Conservative MEPs have criticised an attempt by the European Commission to re-launch plans for a so-called Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB). 

Conservative leader insists multi-nationals must pay fair taxes

03 Feb 2016 @ 01:00

Multi-national companies must pay their fair share of taxes, the leader of the Conservative delegation at the European Parliament has insisted.

Conservative legal challenge over Strasbourg ruling

15 Jan 2014 @ 14:0

Conservative MEPs today mounted a protest after their bid to cut just a small part of the waste of the European Parliament's so-called traveling circus was ruled out of order.

Conservative MEP hails cut in mobile roaming charges

29 Apr 2016 @ 01:00

Mobile phone roaming charges will fall significantly tomorrow when a measure supported by Conservative MEPs comes into force.

Conservative MEPs attack Labour's "empty political gestures" on tax

12 May 2016 @ 11:00

Conservative MEPs made clear today they will be supporting proposals put forward by British EU Commissioner Lord Hill which would force multi-national companies to publicly report their tax dealings on a country-by-country basis.

Conservative MEPs back Gibraltar's Brussels protest

28 Jan 2014 @ 11:0

Conservative MEPs today gave their full support to protestors who travelled to Brussels to demonstrate against Spanish harassment of Gibraltar citizens.

Conservative MEPs back UK Steel's call for EU action

21 Dec 2015 @ 12:30

Conservative MEPs today backed UK Steel's call for immediate action by the European Union to help the British steel industry.

Conservative MEPs condemn McDonnell's support for giving away UK tax powers

07 Jun 2016 @ 01:00

Conservative MEPs have confirmed their support for European Commission proposals to tackle corporate tax avoidance and condemned Labour for backing the handover of tax powers to Brussels.

Conservative MEPs condemn Spanish bullying over new air rules

04 Dec 2014 @ 12:0

Conservative MEPs reacted angrily today to moves by Spain to block an ambitious Europe-wide aviation agreement...unless Gibraltar is excluded.

Conservative MEPs demand EU action on steel

18 Jan 2016 @ 17:45

 

Conservative MEPs lead the fight against EU tax harmonisation

25 Nov 2015 @ 13:30

Conservative MEPs have today rejected a report calling for EU tax harmonisation.

The report comes from a special committee of MEPs set up in the wake of the "LuxLeaks" revelations over allegations of tax avoidance.

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.

Conservative MEPs' leader congratulates Theresa May

11 Jul 2016 @ 17:15

The Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Ashley Fox MEP, issued the following statement after confirmation that Theresa May will be the next Leader of the Conservative Party.

Conservative MEPs oppose EU tax straightjacket

02 Dec 2015 @ 19:0

Conservative MEPs have opposed a move which they fear will see Brussels continue attempts to introduce EU direct taxation and tax harmonisation.

Conservative MEPs reject calls for inflation-busting EU budget increase

28 Oct 2015 @ 13:30

Conservative MEPs have promised to continue calls for a disciplined and restrained EU budget that provides real added value for taxpayers, despite a majority of MEPs voting today for excessive inflation-busting increases.

The parliament has voted for around €4 billion extra in payments and commitments compared to member states' own estimates for 2016, however these demands are likely to be reduced when talks with EU governments are concluded.

Conservative MEPs respond to the Brussels terrorist attacks

22 Mar 2016 @ 01:00

Ashley Fox, leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and MEP for South West England and Gibraltar:

"Our thoughts are with the people of Brussels after these terrible attacks. We will offer them every assistance but must carry on with our daily lives and not let the terrorists win.
"If we change our routines, or if we surround the European Parliament with a ring of steel, we play into the hands of the people who committed these atrocities."

Conservative MEPs table question to European Commission on steel

09 Nov 2015 @ 17:30

Conservative MEPs have tabled an Oral Question to the European Commission on the situation in the steel sector, ahead of today's extraordinary meeting of EU Ministers to discuss the crisis.

Conservative MEPs: Supporting the British steel industry

26 Nov 2015 @ 01:00

The Background

Conservative MEPs: Supporting the British steel industry

The British steel industry is facing unprecedented pressures following the financial crash of 2008, and - as in the rest of Europe - large scale job losses and closures have taken place. In the UK this has included the closure of the SSI plant in Redcar and job losses at plants operated by Tata Steel.

Conservatives call for EU action to help the steel industry

16 Dec 2015 @ 17:0

Conservative MEPs have pledged to continue fighting for effective European action to help the steel industry after voting against proposed measures they fear could spark a trade war with China.

The European Parliament today approved a report calling for the introduction of a complex system of border measures on imported steel, aluminium and other base metals based on the amount of carbon emitted during their production.

Conservatives dig in against unwanted European sales law

18 Jun 2013 @ 13:0

Conservative MEPs today vowed to resist European Commission plans to introduce a European sales law which would cover online shopping and e-commerce across the whole EU.
They warned that the proposed Common European Sales Law would help neither customers nor traders - and would have a damaging effect on the development of the digital single market.
They were responding to an appeal from the BEUC, the Europe-wide umbrella organisation for consumer groups, which called on MEPs to reject the proposals and urged commissioners to concentrate on more-effective measures to boost the digital single market.
Ashley Fox, a Conservative member of the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee, said: "We believe the proposed law is too complex and not needed anyway. The existing differences between the national contract laws of different nations are not creating any barriers to trade.
"The legislation is trying to solve problems that don't exist, yet could throw up problems all of its own. Were this new law to come into force consumers’ confusion and regulatory costs for business who sell offline and online would increase further."
As BEUC has pointed out, four different legal scenarios would then exist for:

Conservatives shape new EU insurance rules to benefit consumers

24 Feb 2016 @ 10:45

New measures to guarantee customers receive the same level of consumer protection wherever in the EU they buy insurance have come into force.

Conservatives welcome Hinkley green light

08 Oct 2014 @ 1:0

Conservative MEPs representing the West Country today welcomed a decision by the European Commission giving  the go ahead for the new reactor at Hinkley Point, Somerset.

CRA measures "a mixture of the unnecessary and the inadequate"

16 Jan 2013 @ 16:0

The European Parliament today (Wednesday) approved new legislation aimed at restricting the influence of Credit Ratings Agencies (CRAs). The new laws impose a rotation regime on certain categories of work and set a strict timetable for when and how often agencies may issue judgments of sovereign debt.

Crowdfunding 'passport' plan could transform the sector

29 Aug 2018 @ 13:30

Crowdfunding has the potential to become a much greater source of funding for small businesses in Europe, Conservative MEP Ashley Fox said today as he unveiled proposals for EU-wide regulation of the sector. Separate national rules currently limit cross-border activity, but Mr Fox's report would introduce common regulations and standards that crowdfunding service providers (CSPs) could opt into.

Disappointment as socialists block key debate on situation in steel industry

11 Nov 2015 @ 15:0

A socialist-led coalition of MEPs has today blocked a request from Conservative MEPs for an emergency debate to be held in the European Parliament this afternoon on the situation in the steel industry.

EU cloud computing initiative should learn from UK

12 Jan 2017 @ 18:30

Ambitious plans to make the EU a global leader in cloud computing are being jeopardised by a failure to take a market-led approach.

Conservative Industry spokesman Ashley Fox said a non-legislative report agreed today by the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee failed to send a clear message to the European Commission that its top-down policy was not the best way to drive innovation.

EU must not ban theatre stage lighting

31 May 2018 @ 14:00

European officials should extend stage lighting's exemption from energy efficiency rules or risk forcing theatres to close, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox warned today.

The European Parliament backed Mr Fox's amendment calling for the Commission to exclude tungsten, arc and LED lamps used for stage lighting from the EU's efficiency rules because there is no alternative available for local theatres or performance venues.

EU plans to protect steel industry could spark trade war

14 Dec 2015 @ 8:0

New proposals to protect the European steel industry from imports are possibly illegal, would almost certainly not work and risk provoking a trade war with China.

Unless last minute changes are made, Conservative MEPs will on Wednesday vote against a report to the European Parliament proposing to introduce a complex system of border measures on imported steel, aluminium and other base metals based on the amount of carbon emitted during their production.

EU Referendum Result Statement

24 Jun 2016 @ 01:00

Reacting to today's referendum result Ashley Fox, Leader of the UK Conservatives in the European Parliament, said:

"The British people have spoken. Now we must carry out their wishes.

EU steel action welcomed by Conservative MEPs

08 Feb 2016 @ 16:0

News that the European Union could open new anti-dumping investigations into Chinese steel products has been welcomed Conservative MEPs, although they are critical it has taken Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom three months to respond to their calls for action.

EU students continue to be welcome at UK universities.

11 Oct 2016 @ 19:00

Britain's world class universities will continue to welcome EU students despite the Brexit vote, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox stressed today.

EU survey discovers most people go on holiday in summer

25 Jun 2015 @ 14:45

The EU appears to have spent taxpayers' money on a detailed study whose chief finding is that most people take their holidays in the summer months.

Europe could lose out if UK-EU don't research together after Brexit

28 Sep 2017 @ 11:00

Leading academics and civil servants from Norway and Israel agreed that both Europe and the UK could lose out if the UK and the EU do not continue to collaborate on research after Brexit.

European Parliament approves plans for online gambling shake-up

10 Sep 2013 @ 13:0

Proposals for a major revamp of European regulation covering online gambling were approved by MEPs today.

Farmers pay the price of EU fudge on Glyphosate

27 Nov 2017 @ 16:00

Farmers face further uncertainty after the EU today voted to re-licence the weed killer Glyphosate for just five years.

Fox lashes costly EU lobbying over death penalty

25 Sep 2015 @ 12:0

 

Leading Conservative MEP Ashley Fox today condemned Brussels officials after it emerged they had spent millions of pounds lobbying American politicians to drop the death penalty.

Fox on Greece: Nobody wins if we have a dishonest fudge

13 Jul 2015 @ 13:45

Ashley Fox, leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs, called for caution following today's announcement of a "deal" in Brussels on Greece.

Fox to Tsipras: Go for an orderly exit - not the martyrdom of expulsion

08 Jul 2015 @ 11:45

The Greek prime minister should concentrate on taking his country out of the euro in an orderly way – not engineering an expulsion to play the martyr.

 

Fox: Compulsory relocation of migrants will do nothing to help the most needy

17 Sep 2015 @ 12:30

The leader of the Conservative delegation in the European Parliament, Ashley Fox, has warned that proposals for compulsory relocation of refugees and migrants will do nothing to solve the current crisis.

Fox: Conservatives reject "interfering" report on EU election rules

11 Nov 2015 @ 19:45

A report from a group of MEPs on bringing in common EU rules for European Parliament elections has been branded "interfering and unnecessary" by the leader of the Conservative delegation in the European Parliament, Ashley Fox.

Fox: European Council must respect Cameron's four objectives on EU reform

10 Nov 2015 @ 13:0

The leader of the Conservative delegation in the European Parliament, Ashley Fox MEP, has warmly welcomed today's publication of the letter from David Cameron setting out the four key objectives for reforming the UK's membership of the EU.

The Prime Minister's letter to the European Council President Donald Tusk paves the way for talks among EU leaders ahead of a promised referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017.

Fox: Judges ruling on energy-saving defies common sense

04 Jun 2015 @ 12:15

Conservative MEPs have criticised a ruling by the European Court of Justice today banning Britain from cutting VAT on energy-saving materials.

Fox: We must wean ourselves off Russian gas

09 Jun 2015 @ 18:45

Europe's drive for energy security must include shale gas and nuclear power, MEPs were warned today.

Glyphosate fiasco undermines EU's credibility, says Conservative MEP.

25 Oct 2017 @ 13:00

Farmers face continuing uncertainty after the European Commission today ignored scientific evidence and caved into political pressure over the use of the weed killer glyphosate.

Good news for travellers as roaming charges end today

15 Jun 2017 @ 09:00

Good news as roaming charges end across the EU today. Conservative MEPs, who have strongly supported this move in the European Parliament, welcome the end to shock phone bills for people travelling to other EU countries from the UK.

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