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Labour's MEPs will once again be at the Labour Party Conference this autumn. This year's conference will be in Liverpool from September 24-28. We'll have a fringe event, a rally and our exhibition stand.

Here are details of our events:

Monday 26 September, 12:30-14:30

Securing a progressive Brexit: Protecting Labour’s hard-won EU victories

With a narrow majority voting to leave the EU and a new Tory Prime Minister in office, attention must turn to protecting our hard-won gains during the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Vital workers’ rights, protections for consumers and environmental measures must be defended by Labour.

Join us as we discuss how Labour can achieve the best deal for Britain.

Speakers include: Glenis Willmott MEP (Labour’s Leader in Europe); Tim Roache (General Secretary, GMB); Lisa Nandy MP (Member of Parliament for Wigan); Anushka Asthana (Political Editor, The Guardian).

Hall 2C, BT Convention Centre, ACC Liverpool

Monday 26 September, 21:00-23:00

Rally for our EU rights

With the Tories negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU, join Labour MEPs and special guests as we commit to fight for the preservation of workers’ rights and other hard-won Labour victories in Europe.

This event is open to delegates and accredited party members. Visit the EPLP stand to collect your ticket.

Speakers include: The Leader of the Labour Party; Glenis Willmott MEP (Leader of Labour's MEPs); Tom Watson MP (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party); Emily Thornberry MP (Shadow Foreign Secretary); Iain McNicol (General Secretary of the Labour Party).

Hall 2D, BT Convention Centre, ACC Liverpool

All week

EPLP exhibition stand

Visit our stand to find out more about Labour’s work in Europe, collect our latest publications and use our interactive tools.

Stand 62/67, Exhibition Hall, ACC Liverpool

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Friday, August 12, 2016; UPDATED: Saturday, September 17, 2016

EPLP at Labour Party Conference 2016

Labour's MEPs will once again be at the Labour Party Conference this autumn. This year's conference will be in Liverpool from September 24-28. We'll have a fringe event, a rally...

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MEPs have today approved the UK's new Commissioner-designate, Sir Julian King, as Commissioner for the Security Union.

The role will involve addressing the threat posed by returning foreign terrorist fighters; preventing and fighting radicalisation; improving information exchange; strengthening the European Counter Terrorism Centre; cutting the access of terrorists to firearms and explosives; fighting against cybercrime; and protecting citizens and critical infrastructures.

Today’s vote follows Monday’s hearing in front of the European Parliament civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) committee, at which Sir Julian was questioned by MEPs.

Claude Moraes MEP, chair of the LIBE committee, said:

“It is great news for Britain and for the whole EU that the European Parliament has voted to approve Sir Julian King as Commissioner for the Security Union. MEPs from across the political spectrum have agreed that Sir Julian was highly competent and had a sound knowledge of his portfolio.

“We are pleased Sir Julian has committed to making sure existing EU legislation in the field of security is implemented by national governments, and that he has confirmed he would work closely with the European Parliament to ensure this was achieved. He has also reassured us that further work would be carried out to combat radicalisation, and that fundamental rights would be central to an effective security strategy.

“It is also important that the Commissioner-designate has committed to carrying out a comprehensive review of all existing EU security measures, which will enable us to assess what measures work well and where legislation is not effectively implemented by Member States.”

The Commissioner-designate will now take office after he is formally appointed by ministers in the EU Council.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Labour MEPs: King’s approval by MEPs as EU Security Union Commissioner “great news” for Britain

MEPs have today approved the UK's new Commissioner-designate, Sir Julian King, as Commissioner for the Security Union.

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Labour MEPs will warn the European Parliament that Brexit will be the “mother of all divorce cases” and will be “disastrous” if done hastily, reiterating how the UK government remains divided on membership of the single market, one of the biggest issues to be resolved.

MEPs will debate the future of the EU today, and the challenges it faces, following European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual State of the Union address.

Richard Corbett MEP, Deputy Leader of Labour’s MEPs, will tell the European Parliament:

“There are multiple challenges that face Europe at this moment, of which Brexit is just one. But it will be the mother of all divorce cases, and if done hastily will be disastrous.

“The list of issues that will need to be settled is huge, and every day new problems are discovered that were never mentioned by Brexit supporters in the referendum campaign.

“The British government has not triggered Article 50, because it still has no clue as to what it wants to achieve on most of these issues.

“The key one is whether it will try to continue to be part of the single market, in which case it will have to follow the same rules as everyone else for that market, or it will leave it entirely, in which case Britain will face tariff barriers and regulatory obstacles to its main export market, vital to its economy.

“This is an unpalatable choice, and one on which the government is divided.

“Whichever way the government comes off the fence on this has huge implications for Britain and Europe - and could also see many Leave voters complain that that is not what they were told, nor what they voted for.

“Brexit is not a settled issue, neither at European level, nor in Britain, where calls for a re-think of the whole issue will continue to grow.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

As Juncker delivers State of Union speech, Labour MEPs warn hasty Brexit will be disastrous

Labour MEPs will warn the European Parliament that Brexit will be the “mother of all divorce cases” and will be “disastrous” if done hastily, reiterating how the UK government remains...

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