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We are still no nearer to knowing the long-term EU-UK relationship, and it is still unclear how the negotiations will proceed, Labour MEPs warned following the prime minister’s key Brexit speech in Florence today.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, said:

“The real test of this speech is whether it advances the negotiations. A transition deal is vital if we are to avoid chaos when we hit the Brexit deadline, but there needs to be real progress at next week’s talks on citizens’ rights, the Irish border and Britain’s financial liabilities before talks can even begin on any transition.

“Crucially this speech has failed to answer the most basic question: what does the British government actually want from Brexit? We still do not know what the government sees as the long-term UK-EU relationship at the end of any transition period.

“This speech may be an attempt to extend the road, but we are no clearer on the final destination, and the cliff-edge still looms.

“Fifteen months on from the referendum, and six months into talks, we still do not know what the government thinks Brexit means for Britain. While she should be negotiating with our EU partners, it looks like the prime minister is still negotiating with her Cabinet and once again putting her party interests before the interests of the country.”

Friday, September 22, 2017

Labour MEPs: PM’s Brexit speech still leaves the big questions unanswered

We are still no nearer to knowing the long-term EU-UK relationship, and it is still unclear how the negotiations will proceed, Labour MEPs warned following the prime minister’s key Brexit...

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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 Brighton from September 24-27. We'll have a fringe event and our EPLP exhibition stand.

Here are details of our event and stand:

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Monday 25 September, 12:30-14:30:

The view from the EU: What does Europe think of Brexit?

Media coverage and debate around Brexit is often seen through the prism of Westminster politics, but all too often this ignores some vital questions:

  • How is Brexit viewed by other European countries?
  • What does the EU expect in terms of a deal?
  • What do Labour's sister parties make of Brexit?
  • What pitfalls lie ahead in the negotiations?

Join Labour's Leader in the European Parliament, Dame Glenis Willmott MEP, as we explore these issues and more, along with speakers including:

  • Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer MP
  • Leader of the Irish Labour Party, Brendan Howlin
  • Iratxe García Pérez MEP, Leader of the Spanish Socialist MEPs
  • Deputy Secretary General of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Marije Laffeber

Balmoral Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole

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All week:

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For as long as we remain members of the European Union, Labour MEPs will continue working to ensure our constituents' voices are heard in the corridors of power, on issues like jobs, the economy, fairness and equality.

And as Brexit negotiations intensify, we will fight to protect our hard won gains in Europe, from workers' rights to consumer protections and citizens' rights to the environment.

Visit us at our stand to find out more about Labour's work in Europe, collect our latest publications and take part in our interactive conference activities.

Stand 32+43, Brighton Conference Centre

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Friday, August 4, 2017; UPDATED: Thursday, September 21, 2017

EPLP at Labour Party Conference 2017

Labour's MEPs will once again be at the Labour Party Conference this autumn. This year's conference will be in Brighton from September 24-27. We'll have a fringe event and our...

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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.

Neena Gill MEP, who chaired negotiations on the resolution, said:

“The atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar are unspeakable and have been described by the UN rights chief as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

“More than 300,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, with more trapped on a mine-riddled border, villages being burnt to the ground and widespread extrajudicial killings and torture taking place.

“State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi turning her back when a genocide is occurring is shameful. No less irresponsible has been the attitude of China, which holds pervasive influence over the military in Myanmar, but has been blocking meaningful action by the UN Security Council.

“We have long passed the stage where words alone suffice. That is why, in addition to the resolution adopted today, we have been calling for a proper debate to take place in the European Parliament next plenary and to secure access for independent international observers, the UN, journalists and aid workers.

“We urgently need to confront key actors in Myanmar using the combined leverage of all EU Member States. The Myanmar authorities, military and security forces must immediately cease the killings, harassment and rape of the Rohingya people.”

Wajid Khan MEP, speaking in Plenary, added:

“It's not the first time that crimes against humanity have taken place against the Rohingya community. This Parliament has previously passed two resolutions on Myanmar last year, and yet the brutality and evil atrocities continue against the Rohingya Muslims.

“How many more women will be raped? How many more children will be tortured? How many more villages will be burned? What will it take for this genocide and ethnic cleansing to be stopped?

“The international community needs to move faster - we need urgent action and impact now. We will need to recognise the Rohingya Muslims and support humanitarian efforts, not just now, immediately, but in the long-term. This institution, the EU, is based on the values of peace and cooperation. It is only right that we show solidarity and play our part in bringing peace, justice and prosperity in Myanmar.

“These atrocities have to stop. Aung San Suu Kyi’s disgraceful reaction is prompted by the fear that speaking out in support of the Rohingya would trigger an angry reaction from the military.

“And yet, looking away while a genocide is taking place is shameful, and avoiding confrontation at the UN General Assembly is not the reaction of a Sakharov prize laureate, and any democratic leader.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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

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.

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