Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

July e-news

Welcome to my newsletter for July 2018, the last before September as the Parliament goes into recess during August.

Brexit Update
Brexit negotiations are now completely shambolic with two key Tory ministers resigning over May's latest proposals, and a possible leadership challenge on the horizon.

The UK Government White Paper on Brexit sticks to the Tory's 'having your cake and eating it' approach and will still not be acceptable for the other 27 Member States. We are now nine months away from leaving the EU for good and it is difficult to see what progress has been made. Big Welsh employers, including Airbus, Ford, Tata Steel and Toyota, say they may have to reconsider their UK bases in the event of a hard Brexit or no deal. We cannot take that chance.

Brexit campaign 'broke electoral law' in referendum
The Electoral Commission has fined Vote Leave more than £60,000 and reported them to the police after an extensive investigation revealed illegal conduct in the EU referendum campaign.

The watchdog found evidence the group exceeded its legal spending limit by almost £500,000 by funnelling money through the 'BeLeave' campaign. It also failed to account for a significant amount of its spending and refused to be interviewed by the watchdog on the matter.

The people's vote
Calls for a vote on the final deal are becoming impossible to ignore. The Leave campaign lied to voters and now the reality has become clear. Brexit is economic suicide.

There is no majority in the UK Parliament for no deal, a hard brexit or a soft Brexit. This is yet another reason why it should be put back to the people. I am pleased the Labour leadership has not ruled this out. We must let people have a say on the final deal so they can make an informed choice.

The next EU budget
Business as usual continues in the Parliament. I am in charge of writing reports on the EU budget for 2019 and the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 to establish funding priorities across the EU.

The European Parliament's position on budget 2019 has been agreed, including a strengthening of the Youth Employment Initiative and new funding for Erasmus + and other flagship programmes, such as the Connecting Europe Facility and Horizon Europe. Sadly, Wales will no longer benefit from these funds after 2020.

If you have an EU query or if you are concerned about how Brexit will impact you please write to me at






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