European Parliament News

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

Conservative MEP says "protectionist" vote will hit business

21-Mar-2018 @ 14:00

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.

The revision to the EU’s aviation rules would allow the EU Commission to impose penalties on third-country airlines before complaints against them have been properly investigated. The plans would also allow the Commission to sanction airlines flying under Member States own bilateral aviation deals.

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.

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg today they voted against proposals to introduce an EU Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB). This would bring together the earnings firms make across the bloc and distribute tax revenues based on where revenue is generated.

"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.

Speaking as the European Parliament debated the future EU/UK deal, Mr Fox said it was overwhelmingly in the interests of both sides to have the freest trade and the closest possible security relationship.

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.

He was speaking as the European Parliament approved a raft of proposals, which Conservative MEPs helped shape, aimed at starving jihadist radicals of crucial finances.

Conservative MEPs back crackdown on terrorist funding

21-Feb-2018 @ 12:00

Conservative MEPs have helped shape proposals to cut the flow of money to jihadist radicals.

Conservative MEPs help defeat EU attempt to control time

08-Feb-2018 @ 13:00

Conservative MEPs today helped thwart attempts by the European Parliament to scrap the twice yearly clock change.

A call to discontinue the current system, which sees the clocks advanced an hour across the EU on the last Sunday in March and turned back on the last Sunday in October, was defeated.

Kamall: EU must address its "shocking" lack of racial diversity

07-Feb-2018 @ 15:00

The EU has been urged to put its house in order and address a "shocking" lack of racial diversity in the European institutions.

Speaking today in a European Parliament debate on rising socio-economic inequalities, Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, pointed out the EU was still often accused of being a rich white man's club.

Van Orden: We must support Zimbabwe if free and fair elections are assured

07-Feb-2018 @ 12:00

Speaking in the European Parliament's debate on Zimbabwe Geoffrey Van Orden MEP said the international community should give the country every support if free and fair democratic elections are assured.

Chairman of the Friends of Zimbabwe in the European Parliament, Mr Van Orden, was a leading campaigner against Mugabe's tyranny. He wrote to Emmerson Mnangagwa immediately before he became President, urging him to initiate the much-needed political, economic and social changes to set Zimbabwe on a fresh course.