Brexit is likely now in less than two years but we are still working hard in the Parliament on topics important for the EU. For example, I am responsible for reports on the EU budget post-2020, the European Parliament's budget and the EU youth guarantee scheme.
Brexit – we are debating recent developments in Brexit, and are really concerned if the UK, as Theresa May has repeatedly threatened, crashes out of the European Union with no Brexit deal – which threatens the rights of both EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in other EU countries, creating further uncertainty for the three million EU citizens currently resident in the UK and the 1.2 million British citizens who live in the rest of the EU. No deal will also cause huge economic damage to the UK and Wales in particular.
Tax avoidance - Labour MEPs have voted for new proposals to ensure companies pay their fair share of tax in the correct jurisdiction. By sharing tax information across EU countries, it becomes harder for companies to shift profits to low- or no-tax jurisdictions or to avoid paying tax altogether.
Working Conditions and precarious employment - Labour MEPs have voted for a report that calls for better working conditions and more secure employment. Labour MEPs have long been pushing for the European Commission and national governments to take action on exploitative employment practices like zero-hour contracts, bogus (false) self-employment, subcontracted and outsourced work, and undeclared, informal and irregular work. Labour MEPs have also repeatedly warned that UK employment rights must not be watered down after Brexit.
Greater Accessibility to publications for blind/visually-impaired people - Labour MEPs voted for legislation that will enable more books to be published that are accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired, by providing exemptions to cross-border copyright rules.
And finally…. This will be my last newsletter before the summer recess. At this end of this European Parliament Session I am pleased to say I have the best attendance record of any UK MEP and have done more reports (legislation etc) than any other UK MEP.
Have a great summer!
Download my July 2017 Newsletter
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