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Labour MEPs: Exit from Europol and defence agencies just the latest examples of danger of Tory Hard Brexit

Posted: Thursday 30 Nov 2017

Britain’s departure from Europol and the European Defence Agency is the inevitable result of the Tory Hard Brexit the UK is heading towards, a Brexit that will diminish our safety and security at home and influence abroad, Labour MEPs warned this week following Michel Barnier’s comments.

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Labour MEPs: UK must back new EU anti-terror measures and keep them after Brexit

Posted: Wednesday 18 Oct 2017

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The UK government must back new EU anti-terror measures announced today, and maintain them and continue to cooperate with our European partners after Brexit, Labour MEPs warned.

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Labour MEPs: EU must ensure national governments enforce air passenger rights

Posted: Tuesday 03 Oct 2017

Labour MEPs have urged the European Commission to exert the strongest possible pressure on national governments to ensure air passenger rights are fully enforced following the Ryanair flight cancellation crisis, which has affected 700,000 journeys.

MEPs will grill the Commission today on the thousands of cancelled flights and the enforcement of EU regulations on air passenger rights. Under European Law, passengers whose flights are cancelled are entitled to reimbursement, re-routing or return – yet Ryanair initially failed to inform customers of their rights, only belatedly doing so following the threat of legal action from the Civil Aviation Authority.

 

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Labour MEPs: EU standards on fire safety must be implemented in UK and maintained after Brexit

Posted: Thursday 14 Sep 2017

Strong EU regulations on fire safety must be immediately implemented in the UK and not watered down after Brexit, Labour MEPs warned as the European Commission gave evidence to MEPs this week on fire safety in buildings.

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Labour MEPs lead calls for EU to increase pressure on Myanmar to stop deadly assaults on Rohingya

Posted: Thursday 14 Sep 2017

Labour MEPs have led calls in the European Parliament for action to ratchet up the pressure on Myanmar to immediately cease its deadly assaults on the Rohingya.

MEPs voted today for a resolution condemning the attacks on the Rohingya in Rakhine state which calls for an immediate cessation of the attacks, and for Myanmar to grant immediate and unhindered access to human rights organisations, journalists and UN observers.

The resolution also calls for the United Nations to adopt effective diplomatic and political measures against Myanmar, and for the EU High Representative and national governments to significantly increase their pressure on Naypidaw.

 

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May’s offer on citizens’ rights is vague, a year late and will mean nothing if there is no Brexit deal

Posted: Monday 26 Jun 2017

Theresa May’s offer today on EU citizens’ rights has come a year too late, is still too vague, and will amount to nothing if the UK, as she has repeatedly threatened, crashes out of the European Union with no Brexit deal, Labour MEPs have warned.

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As EU citizens petition Brussels on loss of rights, Labour MEPs again warn Tories to stop using them as bargaining chips in Brexit talks

Posted: Thursday 11 May 2017

The rights of EU citizens in the UK cannot be used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations, Labour MEPs have again warned ahead of a hearing in the European Parliament today on the situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK.

Labour MEP Claude Moraes, chair of the civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, will chair the meeting, which will also hear from Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator; Anne-Laure Donskoy, of "The 3 million" group, which represents the views of EU citizens in the UK; and Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Department of Political Economy, King's College, London.

The meeting will also hear from British citizens who have petitioned the European Parliament on the involuntary loss of EU citizenship they are set to suffer as a result of Brexit, and the inalienability of EU citizens' rights.

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Instead of putting obstacles in way of EU citizens, Tories must guarantee their post-Brexit rights now, warn Labour MEPs

Posted: Wednesday 26 Apr 2017

Labour MEPs have urged Theresa May and the Tory Party to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit, as it emerged the Home Office is discouraging EU citizens from applying for permanent residence. The Labour Party yesterday said that it would guarantee the rights of EU citizens if it won the general election.


 

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“End the uncertainty” call from European Parliament as MEPs and Lords debate citizens’ rights

Posted: Wednesday 01 Mar 2017

Ahead of a debate today in the European Parliament on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, Labour MEPs have urged the British government to give them peace of mind by upholding their rights to remain in the UK after Brexit. The European Parliament debate takes place at the same time as the House of Lords debates amendments on citizens’ rights in the Brexit bill.

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UK influence and scrutiny of EU security policy at risk after Brexit, warns senior Euro-MP

Posted: Monday 28 Nov 2016

MEPs and representatives of national parliaments met today to discuss the framework of EU internal security policies and the democratic oversight and scrutiny of Europol’s activities – something British parliamentarians will no longer be involved in after Brexit, Labour MEPs have warned.

UK MPs and peers, including Yvette Cooper - chair of the home affairs select committee - were among those who questioned the Security Union Commissioner, Sir Julian King, and Europol director Rob Wainwright on the development of an EU Security Union and best practices for parliamentary scrutiny at the national level.

The meeting comes after the UK government’s recent confirmation it will remain part of Europol and continue to opt into cross-border crime fighting measures.

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