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Aside from adding to the chaos, confusion, disruption and division, whether it’s Dominic Raab or David Davis, whoever’s in charge of DExEU will ultimately count for nothing unless Theresa May’s interminably delayed Brexit plan has credibility with the EU, Labour MEPs warned today.

Richard Corbett MEP, Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, said:

“Just days after her make-or-break summit, Theresa May’s Brexit plan is coming apart at the seams – and that’s even before the EU has had a chance to look at it and say if it’s credible. And if they conclude it’s not, as they have with May’s previous half-baked ideas, it won’t matter who’s selling the Brexit snake oil, be it Dominic Raab or David Davis or Del Boy, they won’t buy it, and as the EU needs to agree any deal, May would have to rethink her plan.

“Having waited two years for the Tories to come up with a plan, colleagues in Brussels and leaders in the 27 other EU capitals will be looking aghast at this latest shambles, unclear who they’re negotiating with, what they’re saying, and whether they have the support of parliament. The chaos, confusion, disruption and division runneth over.”

Monday, July 9, 2018

Raab or Davis, whoever’s selling May’s Brexit snake oil makes no difference if plan lacks credibility with EU, warn Labour MEPs

Aside from adding to the chaos, confusion, disruption and division, whether it’s Dominic Raab or David Davis, whoever’s in charge of DExEU will ultimately count for nothing unless Theresa May’s...

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Ukip’s votes and speeches in the European Parliament this week have once again shown them for what they are, on everything from their leader’s claim the EU is based on a Nazi plan for European domination to voting against calls to make it easier for the UN to act against war crimes and uphold the Iran nuclear deal, Labour MEPs said.

Today, Ukip’s MEPs voted against a report calling for reforms to the UN, including limiting the use of the Security Council veto in cases where there is evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ukip also voted against calls to uphold the Iran nuclear deal and to pressure the US to back it.

And Ukip also opposed calls for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to receive more funding and enhanced powers to bring the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks to justice.

Ukip leader Gerard Batten, meanwhile, yesterday said the EU is based on a Nazi plan to rule the continent if they had won world war two and that the EEC was a “Nazi legacy”.

Clare Moody MEP, member of the European Parliament foreign affairs committee, said:

“Voting against the report on the UN reforms, in particular reforms to make it easier for the UN to act against war crimes, Ukip have once again revealed their inhumanity and indifference to suffering, while by opposing the Iran nuclear deal they’ve shown themselves up to be as ill-informed and ignorant of the consequences for peace as the likes of Donald Trump and John Bolton.

“And in voting against more money and power for the UN’s chemical weapons monitoring watchdog, the OPCW, Ukip have again shown they’re closer to Vladimir Putin than the people of Britain, in particular my constituents in Salisbury, who are once more in a state of fear following the latest novichok poisonings.

“Given the Kremlin’s opposition last week to OPCW having the authority to assign blame for chemical attacks, Ukip’s vote against stronger powers for the OPCW does nothing to allay growing concerns about links between the Russian government and key players who campaigned to leave the EU.”

Richard Corbett MEP, Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, added:

“Ukip leader Gerard Batten's comments this week were, as they always are, completely unacceptable - a mix of paranoia, fantasy and historical revisionism with their trademark topping of xenophobia. With their odious comments and regressive votes, Ukip and Batten have shown once again that they are an embarrassment to Britain and a complete waste of time and money.”

Thursday, July 5, 2018

From nukes to Nazis, Ukip's EP votes and speeches this week once again show them for what they are, say Labour MEPs

Ukip’s votes and speeches in the European Parliament this week have once again shown them for what they are, on everything from their leader’s claim the EU is based on...

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The European Parliament is set to vote tomorrow for a resolution calling on the Commission and national governments to take action to help EU citizens affected by the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), under which anyone born there is under threat of unjust tax demands and complex legal proceedings from US tax authorities unless they pay $2,350 (£1,780) to revoke their US citizenship.

Alex Mayer MEP told the European Parliament:

“Thousands of Brits are receiving threatening letters telling them they must pay US tax - people who were by chance born in the USA - but have spent their working lives here in Britain paying British tax.

“The US is almost unique in the world by taxing according to citizenship, not if you live in the country. Anyone wanting to avoid the US taxman must pay the world’s highest fee to renounce US citizenship and provide complex tax return forms and payments going back five years.

“We've got European banks handing over personal data about their customers to the US authorities. FATCA breaches the right to data privacy of the European Convention of Human Rights and the big financial barriers to renouncing citizenship breach Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“This US Independence Day, I hope we send a strong message to the US that our citizens deserve better. We are upholding European values, and we want accidental Americans to gain their independence.”

Alex Mayer MEP added:

“One of my constituents, Merryn Grimley, has lived in Britain for seventy-two years. She has racked up £9,000 worth of fees on a tax accountant that knows both the UK and US tax systems to sort out her finances to ensure she is not liable for prosecution or fines for doing it incorrectly.

“Merryn went to school in England, worked all her life in England and retired in England. Now she’s being chased down like a criminal. This cruel and unusual punishment must end.”

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, member of the European Parliament petitions committee, said:

“FATCA is an egregious overreach by US tax authorities, particularly in the cases of accidental Americans who have no tangible connection to the States except being born on US soil. This legislation leads to double taxation and many connected tax compliance issues on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s even more unfair considering the US charge extortionate rates to those wishing to rescind American citizenship.

“It is ironic that a country founded on the principle of “no taxation without representation” imposes unjust tax demands on the dual citizens of other nations.”

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Labour MEPs: Time to give accidental Americans their independence from US tax authorities

The European Parliament is set to vote tomorrow for a resolution calling on the Commission and national governments to take action to help EU citizens affected by the US Foreign...

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