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While the Tories plot to sell-off the NHS to Donald Trump, Labour MEPs today voted for a resolution condemning the US government’s unilateral imposition of tariffs on EU agricultural products in its disproportionate response to the WTO Airbus case.

British goods affected by the Trump tariffs include: single-malt (or straight) Irish and Scotch whiskies; wool and cashmere sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts and waistcoats; fine wool suits; bed linen; cotton blankets; women’s nightwear; pork products; fresh cheese; yoghurt, butter and Stilton.

MEPs also voted today to reaffirm the highest standards for beef imports - again in contrast to the Tory government, which as well as selling off the NHS, may also have to accept hormone-treated beef as the price of a trade deal with Donald Trump.

Seb Dance MEP, Labour’s deputy leader in the European Parliament and spokesperson on agriculture, said:

“On the one hand, we have Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Tories genuflecting to Donald Trump and US drug companies, plotting to sell off our NHS; on the other, Labour MEPs and our friends and allies in the European Union, standing up for British businesses and consumers, vehemently opposing Trump’s tariffs on major agricultural products.

“If it wasn’t already clear what the choice facing British people is, this week’s events have made it starker than stark - we will either end up as the playthings of Donald Trump, the NHS butchered and bought up by US drug companies, or we have a chance to have a referendum and remain in the EU, maintaining our standards and saving our NHS.”

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on international trade, added:

“Today’s votes yet again highlight that it is the EU, and not Donald Trump, that is on our side. While Boris Johnson and the Tories plot to sell off the NHS against the interests of the British people, our European friends and partners have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us against Trump’s attacks on our industries, upon which thousands of jobs depend.

“And the European Parliament has also voted today to maintain the highest standards for beef imports from the US. Once again, the contrast is clear: under the Tories, the risk of chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef; inside the EU, higher food standards, stronger workplace rights, greater environmental protections and no NHS sell-off.”

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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The European Parliament has today backed a Labour-led resolution declaring a climate emergency, with MEPs joining those national parliaments and local authorities across Europe who have highlighted the need to take urgent environmental action.

The resolution, which was jointly tabled by Labour’s political group in the Strasbourg parliament, sends a strong signal to the European institutions and national governments that action to reduce carbon emissions must be prioritised within EU decision making.

Labour MEPs have been pushing for the European Parliament to adopt an unequivocal statement to demonstrate its commitment on fighting climate change.

In declaring the climate emergency, MEPs urged the new European Commission “to fully assess the climate and environmental impact of all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals, and ensure that they are all fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5°C, and that they are not contributing to biodiversity loss”.

Theresa Griffin MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on industry and energy, said:

“This is an important step in putting climate action at the top of the EU agenda. We now need to convert the words of the resolution today into concrete action that will drastically cut carbon emissions and provide a just transition to a carbon neutral economy.

“British workers and industry could benefit from investment in the new technologies and industries that will emerge from this process, but only if we are working with our nearest neighbours on these issues, not pushing them away. For the air that we breathe, we have listened to our young people and declared an EU climate emergency.”

The European Parliament also adopted a detailed text in preparation for COP25, the key international environmental summit, which opens in Madrid next week.

Labour MEPs have welcomed agreement on important proposals, including more ambitious targets to cut emissions and a call to divert investment from the European Investment Bank away from fossil fuel projects into activities to support the transition to a carbon neutral economy.

Seb Dance MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on environment, added:

“While Labour would have liked the European Parliament to have gone even further today, we have seen strong majorities backing key actions needed to tackle the climate emergency.

“It is now down to the European Commission and national governments to show that they have the ambition for Europe to remain a global leader in the fight against climate change.

“It is obvious that the climate emergency does not recognise borders, so international action is required. It is a travesty that Boris Johnson is weakening Britain’s international standing at a time when people across the country - young and old - are crying out for leadership on this issue.”

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It is time for the new European Commission to get down to business and put forward the progressive proposals it has promised us - that is the message from Labour MEPs as they gave approval for a new team of European Commissioners to take up their posts from 1st December.

Over recent months Labour and its sister parties have applied pressure to win commitments and concessions from the new College of Commissioners, including:

• Commitments on a Green New Deal to deliver a just transition to a low carbon economy - with proposals to cut CO2 emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030 and to provide a Just Transition Fund to ensure that no one and no region is left behind as Europe confronts the climate emergency;

• Promises on new working rights - including proposals to help protect gig economy workers, ensuring that EU working protections keep pace with the changing world of work;

• Putting equality front and centre of EU policy making - while it is important that we will see a European Commission that is closer to gender balance than ever before, Labour MEPs believe the real test of the new Commission will be on how it delivers on its concrete commitments to bring forward new anti-discrimination legislation and to take action on issues such as pay disparity and gender-based violence.

Labour and its sister parties are also pleased that key posts have been secured by socialist Commissioners, including those responsible for climate change and employment and social rights.

The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament has been clear that the new Commission team must now deliver on its progressive promises.

While the government’s Brexit proposals would mean that British people would miss out on the new rights and funding opportunities that are now on the horizon, Labour MEPs have continued to argue for EU action to make the continent fairer and more sustainable.

Commenting on the approval of the European Commission, Labour's leader in the European Parliament, Richard Corbett MEP, said:

“Labour and its sister parties have pressed the new European Commission President and her team of Commissioners hard to ensure action will be taken to fight inequality, tackle the climate crisis and ensure that everyone can benefit from the huge economic prosperity that comes from being part of the EU.

“This vote allows the Commission to get on with that work, and Labour and its sister parties will continue to hold the Commission’s feet to the fire to ensure that our expectations are met.

“In the years to come, people across Europe are set to benefit from our successes - but of course those benefits are at risk for British people because of Brexit.”

Commenting on the lack of a British Commissioner in the new EU Commission, Richard Corbett MEP added:

“Once again the Tories have put political gimmicks ahead of the national interest, with another empty British seat at the decision-making table. Whatever happens on Brexit, EU rules will continue to influence the lives of people living in Britain. To give up influence in this way is playground politics, letting the country down and weakening our standing in the world.

“That is why Labour MEPs have always been clear about the choice Britain faces - a referendum with the option to remain and retain our influence in the EU with Labour, or the economic uncertainty of a Hard Brexit, diminished rights, lower standards and the sell-off of our NHS with the Tories.”

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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