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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); plus more to be announced

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.

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

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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Following the referendum, what happens now? And what happens next? We answer the key questions people have been asking...

Are we still in the EU?

While people voted in the referendum to leave the EU, we remain full members of the European Union until the government concludes exit negotiations. The UK government will need to do a deal with the rest of the EU to determine the nature of our future relationship with it.

Do I still have the rights that our EU membership entitles us to?

All the rights that come with EU membership remain until we are no longer members - whether people will continue to enjoy these rights after we leave the EU is unclear. There is a clear danger that everything from employment to consumer rights to access to the Single Market are at risk following the vote to leave the EU, and that is why we will be campaigning hard, and pressing the Tory government to ensure British citizens continue to have these rights.

Can I still travel and work throughout Europe?

While we are still in the EU, UK citizens retain their right to free movement and to work throughout the European Union, and the same applies to EU citizens in the UK. Again, whether this continues after we leave will depend on the government, and the nature of our future relationship with the EU. Labour has campaigned for a commitment from the government to give peace of mind to those EU citizens living in Britain and to the millions of British citizens living in the EU.

When will we leave the EU?

This depends on the government - more specifically, on when they trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal process of leaving the EU. Once this process is begun, the British government and its EU partners have two years to reach a deal. Labour MEPs will be pushing the Tory government and working with our centre-left colleagues in the European Parliament to ensure the any final deal is in the best interests of the British people.

What will happen to MEPs?

MEPs will continue in their roles until the UK leaves the EU. Until then, EU law will continue to apply, and aspects of it may continue to apply after we leave, depending on the deal the government gets. Labour MEPs will therefore continue to scrutinise legislation, and of course we will continue to represent our constituents’ interests, in Brussels and in the regions. Labour MEPs will fight to keep the rights working people have, and to limit the danger to jobs by seeking assurances on our access to the Single Market.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Post-referendum Q&A

Following the referendum, what happens now? And what happens next? We answer the key questions people have been asking...

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Commenting on Theresa May becoming prime minister today, Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's Leader in the European Parliament, said:

“The new prime minister urgently needs to reassure the public that she will protect our existing rights and not trade them away to appease her backbenchers in a headlong dash to trigger Article 50 and leave the EU.

“We need assurances on workers’ rights, on consumer rights, and on our national security. We need her to reassure EU citizens living in the UK and British nationals living in Europe that their rights will be protected. And crucially, she needs to give assurances on our continued access to the Single Market, upon which millions of jobs and billions of pounds of investment depend.

“Theresa May needs to demonstrate she understands the severity of the situation we are in, and to learn the lessons of David Cameron’s failures by engaging early with European leaders, making alliances, rebuilding the bridges he burnt, and not being beholden to the hardcore Tory Eurosceptics for whom no deal would ever be acceptable.”

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Labour MEPs: Theresa May needs to give assurances on rights, security and access to EU Single Market

Commenting on Theresa May becoming prime minister today, Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's Leader in the European Parliament, said:

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