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A senior Euro-MP who chairs the European Parliament's justice and home affairs committee has demanded David Cameron take action to tackle the refugee crisis and help those in need, and called on the UK government to take in refugees coming to Europe.

A senior Euro-MP who chairs the European Parliament's justice and home affairs committee has demanded David Cameron take action to tackle the refugee crisis and help those in need, and called on the UK government to take in refugees coming to Europe.

Crucially the UK must opt-in to key measures at the meeting of Interior EU ministers on 14 September. Currently there is every indication that the UK will again exercise its opt-out of common EU policies.

Labour's Claude Moraes MEP said:

"David Cameron is turning his back on the world's most needy. People are fleeing conflict, escaping the most unimaginable horror, thousands drowning in the Mediterranean or suffocating in lorries - only to be met by a No Entry sign.

"How many more children must drown before he opts into helping refugees? Hundreds? Thousands?

"This cruel, heartless inaction is a low point for his premiership and a shameful betrayal of Britain's values."

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Labour MEPs today welcomed news that the UK would not be seeking an opt-out on EU employment protections, but called for continued vigilance against threats to workers' rights.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's Leader in Europe, said:

"Any attempts to axe or water down British people's employment rights through EU opt-outs will make it harder to persuade working people of the importance of our EU membership

"It is thanks to our EU membership that we have major employment rights, including a minimum four weeks’ paid holiday, a right to parental leave, and the same protections for part-time workers as full-time workers.

"Over the coming months those who know that Britain's membership of the EU is best for Britain must not just address the business case for the EU, but the case for working people as well."

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Labour MEPs hailed the positive impact of the EU on bringing down the cost of business after the government launched a consultation on new EU rules to cap credit and debit card fees.

The new EU regulations allow Member States to set caps below 0.30% for credit card transactions, and 0.20% for debit cards. The UK government is proposing implementing the 0.30% cap on domestic credit card fees, and an average 0.20% cap on domestic debit card transactions.

In March, MEPs voted overwhelmingly for the legislation, which comes into force across the EU on December 9.

Anneliese Dodds MEP, member of the European Parliament economic and monetary affairs committee, said:

"The capping of fees is great news, and has been brought about by action at European level, and is a great demonstration of what we can achieve when all 28 EU countries work together

"There were more than 10 billion credit and debit transactions in Britain in 2013, and these new rules are set to benefit British business by £480 million a year. Those savings will go directly to shopkeepers and retailers, who in turn can pass them on to consumers.

"Only by us working with our colleagues in Europe, not sitting on the sidelines shouting, can we best advance the interests of British consumers and businesses."

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