Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

Newsletters

 

 


 
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! 

 
 
 

July 2017 e-newsletter

      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... Read more

The hot topic in the parliament and in UK press is when article 50 will be triggered and what the terms of the negotiation will be. We expect that the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 by the end of March, which will begin two years of negotiations and preparations for Britain to leave the EU...........

 

Download my November 2016 newsletter

November 2016 Newsletter

The hot topic in the parliament and in UK press is when article 50 will be triggered and what the terms of the negotiation will be. We expect that the...

The situation created by the vote to leave the European Union has been highly divisive and incredibly turbulent.

The Government is still yet to lay out its strategy beyond the mantra that “Brexit means Brexit”, which is meaningless. It seems unlikely that we will be able to get a deal that retains access to the Single Market, without accepting free movement.....

 

Download my August 2016 Newsletter

August 2016 Newsletter

The situation created by the vote to leave the European Union has been highly divisive and incredibly turbulent. The Government is still yet to lay out its strategy beyond the...

Even with the referendum almost upon us, my work in the European Parliament continues.  Following soon after the Panama Papers had shone a light on a murky world of off-shore tax arrangements, it was encouraging to see the European Commission announced its plans on tackling tax avoidance. It is an insult to hard working people and businesses that pay their taxes that £1 trillion is lost annually by businesses and individuals sheltering their money off shore...........

 

Download my May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016 Newsletter

Even with the referendum almost upon us, my work in the European Parliament continues.  Following soon after the Panama Papers had shone a light on a murky world of off-shore...

Today marks the point at which we will have only 100 days left in which to save Welsh jobs, investment in Wales and Britain's place in the world.  Therefore, this newsletter is dedicated to what you can do to help Britain Remain IN the EU in the upcoming referendum vote.............

 

Download my March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter

Today marks the point at which we will have only 100 days left in which to save Welsh jobs, investment in Wales and Britain's place in the world.  Therefore, this...

We are entering an important few weeks for Wales and the United Kingdom, Donald Tusk has put a draft of the UK-EU deal on the table. This is less important for what is says, and more important because of what it signifies...........

 

Download my February 2016 Newsletter

February 2016 Newsletter

We are entering an important few weeks for Wales and the United Kingdom, Donald Tusk has put a draft of the UK-EU deal on the table. This is less important...

A Happy New Year to all of the readers of this e-news bulletin.  2016 promises to be a year full of both risks and opportunities.
 
I am confident that Carwyn Jones and the Welsh Labour team will renew our mandate in the Assembly elections in May, as well as clearly stating our case to remain in Europe as we approach the forthcoming referendum.
 
The risks are equally real. David Cameron’s Conservatives taking power in Cardiff Bay and reversing our defence of lower tuition fees, or the potential loss of the£838 million we receive from the EU and around 200,000 jobs that rely on our membership are real possibilities..........

 

Download my January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

A Happy New Year to all of the readers of this e-news bulletin.  2016 promises to be a year full of both risks and opportunities.   I am confident that...

Once again it has been a very busy month, though the Rugby World Cup is in full swing, the work in the European Parliament has continued apace, possibly to the gratitude of some of our colleagues and comrades from England.

 

Download my November 2015 newsletter

November 2015 newsletter

Once again it has been a very busy month, though the Rugby World Cup is in full swing, the work in the European Parliament has continued apace, possibly to the...

I was pleased to see that the recent expansion of the SMART programme that was launched by the Welsh Government has received a large amount of European aid. SMART Cymru has received £27 million and SMART Expertise has received £30 million from the European Research and Development Fund 2014-2020 programme respectively...........

Download my October 2015 newsletter.

October 2015 newsletter

I was pleased to see that the recent expansion of the SMART programme that was launched by the Welsh Government has received a large amount of European aid. SMART Cymru...

We must act now rather than stalling on the refugee crisis.  I visited Sicily recently and saw the desperation faced by people who have paid traffickers thousands of pounds for a perilous voyage across the Mediterranean, hoping to find safety in the EU. It was heart breaking to see so many fellow human beings fleeing murder, rape and hunger.

 

Download my September 2015 newsletter.

September 2015 newsletter

We must act now rather than stalling on the refugee crisis.  I visited Sicily recently and saw the desperation faced by people who have paid traffickers thousands of pounds for...

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