Written Explanation of votes 
12/09/17 
 
1. EU-Iceland Geographical Indicators 
Borelli Report (1 of 2) 
A8-0256/2017 
UKIP voted to abstain on this legislative report. UKIP notes this deal between Iceland and the EU to allow EU products with geographical indicators to enjoy that status on the Icelandic market. We note that every two years the EU and Iceland meet to discuss whether current arrangements are satisfactory. This is a deal which both parties agreed to, and which has minimal impact on the UK. We have no desire to block this deal, so abstained. 
 
2. EU-Iceland Agriculture 
Borelli Report (2 of 2) 
A8-0254/2017 
UKIP voted to abstain on this legislative report. UKIP notes this deal between Iceland and the EU to commit to lowering tariffs between the two parties in agricultural produce. We note that every two years the EU and Iceland meet to discuss whether current arrangements are satisfactory. Iceland's membership of the EEA means that agriculture and fisheries are not covered by usual EU free movement of goods. We do not wish to block this deal, so abstained. 
 
3. Global Value Chains 
Arena Report 
A8-0269/2017 
UKIP voted against this non-legislative, non-binding report, as we feel the EU has no right to use trade as a political weapon with which to bully other countries. The EU has a long history of attempting to politicise trade and attaching clauses and demands in trade deals which are purely political in nature. We look forward to an independent Britain forging trade deals that do not include political and economic bullying. 
 
4. Report on Mediation Directive 
A8-0238/2017 
UKIP have voted against this non-legislative, own initiative report. UKIP are against the EU interfering in the judicial process of Member States. The EU is looking to spend more money on training and promotion of mediation, mediation is a very good idea and at present the UK has a very successful mediation process which is extremely beneficial and also alleviates cost, it would not be beneficial to support a report that is looking to increase costs. 
 
5. Report on the repeal of regulations for road and inland waterways 
A8-0228/2017 
UKIP have voted for this legislative report. UKIP support the repeal of unnecessary, obsolete and out of date regulations. It is about time that the EU institutions started to get rid of the burdensome red tape that is no longer relevant. 
 
6. EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (A8-0266/2017) 
UKIP MEP’s have voted against this non-legislative report. UKIP consider violence against women to be a truly abhorrent act and we fully support measures that aim to protect women from violence. With this in mind, UKIP fully support the UK in its ongoing attempts to fully ratify the Istanbul Convention. UKIP do not, however, support EU accession to this convention as we do not believe it has the competency to do so. Moreover, we also believe that this report asks the EU to go significantly further than what is outlined in the convention. We believe that it should be the sole decision of national governments to propose measures that exceed the recommendations outlined in this convention. 
 
7. Report on the functioning of franchising in the retail sector 
A8-0199/2017 
UKIP have voted against this non-legislative, own initiative report. UKIP believe that Member States should be allowed to decide their own laws on franchising in the retail sector and that the European Commission should not be called upon to act in this area. 
 
8. Academic further distance education as part of the European lifelong learning strategy 
A8-0252/2017 
UKIP voted against this non-legislative non-binding report. UKIP oppose EU interference in the education systems of Member States. Whilst we support lifelong learning and accessibility to all in education, particularly in the digital age; we believe this is solely an issue of national sovereignty. This report dictates how Member States and institutions should run and invest in their own education systems, which goes against the EU’s own treaties, as stipulated in Article 165 of the TFEU. 
 
1. REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014 as regards the promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities 
A8-0181/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted against this legislative report on WIFI4EU. UKIP understand and support the importance of improved internet connectivity in our society. However, UKIP are against the financial implication of this project. UKIP are against this attempt of EU harmonisation and we believe that efforts to improve internet access and speed should be made at national level. 
 
2. REPORT on a Space Strategy for Europe 
A8-0250/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted against this non- legislative report on Space Strategy. UKIP are against a further increase in the EU budget for this purpose. UKIP remember the very recent failure of the EU Galileo satellite that caused a considerable waste of European taxpayers’ money. 
 
3. REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply and repealing Regulation (EU) No 994/2010 
A8-0310/2016 
UKIP MEP’s have voted against this legislative report on the safeguard of gas supply. UKIP believe that the EU should repeal its entire energy legislation. UKIP believe in secure and affordable energy. UKIP want a stable regulatory system that fosters investment. UKIP want reliable and affordable generating technologies, like coal, gas, nuclear and hydro and UKIP want an end to subsidies that punish consumers and taxpayers, and distort markets. 
 
4. Whale hunting in Norway Motions for a resolution 
B8-0499/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have abstained on this motion for resolution. UKIP believe the practice of mass whale hunting in Norway is brutal and inhumane. However, UKIP believe that this issue should be solved internationally and not by the EU. 
 
Written Explanation of votes 
13/09/17 
1. Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Italy 
A8-0280/2017 
UKIP abstained on this legislative decision. This proposal is to give over €1 billion to Italy to help in reconstruction efforts for earthquakes that occurred in 2016 and 2017. While of course UKIP opposes the EU spending any UK taxpayers' money, the amount given would be budget-neutral. It does not mean the UK has to give more money to the EU, nor would it mean the UK would get money back if this money wasn't given to Italy. The money will come from funds that had already been budgeted for. To be clear, this would not mean any additional funding is necessary from taxpayers. Additionally as this was for legitimate humanitarian reasons, UKIP felt it would be more responsible to abstain. 
 
2. Draft amending budget No 4/2017 accompanying the proposal to mobilise the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Italy 
A8-0281/2017 
UKIP abstained on this legislative amending budget. This proposal is directly linked to the "mobilisation" vote to give over €1 billion to Italy for reconstruction efforts due to recent earthquakes. Whilst the other vote is concerned with the principle of giving the €1 billion to Italy, this vote is to make sure that there is technically enough money in the correct budget-line to pay it. As it happens the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) does not have enough money in its budget-line to pay outright. The proposal here is to transfer some money from under used budget-lines, in to the EUSF. This would be budget-neutral and will not require additional funding from taxpayers. 
 
3. Mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: application EGF/2017/002 FI/MICROSOFT 2 
A8-0278/2017 
UKIP voted against this legislative decision. The proposal is to give over €3.5 million to Finnish workers who have lost their jobs due to Microsoft downscaling its operation in the country. The money will go to areas such as retraining, job seeking, allowances for travel, start-up grants etc. UKIP voted against as we don't believe UK taxpayers' money should be used for poor economic decisions in other countries. This is nothing more than EU dole money. 
 
4. Draft amending budget No 3/2017: budgetary resources of the Youth Employment Initiative; establishing plans of ACER and SESAR2 
A8-0282/2017 
UKIP voted against this legislative amending budget. The proposal has two elements to it. The first (and far more important) is that the budget ceiling for the EU "Youth Employment Initiative" will be increased by an extra €500 million. The second part is minor adjustments to staff posts in the EU decentralised agencies "ACER" and "SESAR2", however no extra staff will be awarded to them. UKIP voted against because we oppose unaccountable EU institutions spending taxpayers' money. Only our elected and accountable national governments should decide employment policies. 
 
5. Motion for a resolution on the Commission delegated regulation of 2 June 2017 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the specific compositional and information requirements for total diet replacement for weight control 
B8-0497/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted in favor of this motion for resolution, which opposes the commission position. UKIP believe that the EU Commission’s draft delegated act, if adopted, would result in a lower standard of products being available to consumers. 
 
6. Motion for a resolution on the draft Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No .../... amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/6 as regards feed and food subjected to special conditions governing the import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station 
B8-0502/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have abstained on this motion for a resolution. UKIP support the highest possible level of protection of human health. However, this control should be made by Member States and not by the unelected EU Commission. 
 
7. REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework and amending Regulation No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change 
A8-0262/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted against this legislative report on land use, land use change and forestry. UKIP reject the EU Commission proposal. UKIP deny manmade climate change and believe that CO2 is not a pollutant. New legislation in this field would only bring to further bureaucracy and economic damages to this sector. UKIP notes, that forestry is not an EU competence. 
 
 
8. REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market-based measure from 2021. 
A8-0258/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted against this legislative report on aviation. UKIP believe that the EU Emission Trading System is a huge failure for the EU. It forces industries to comply with absurd standards dictated by the EU Commission’s obsession to limit global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius. The ETS has destroyed our Industry causing a considerable carbon leakage phenomenon. UKIP believe the only solution to this legislative chaos is to reject the EU energy policy together with the entire ETS system. Once out of the EU, the UK should be free from any EU legislation, including the emission trading scheme in the aviation sector. 
 
9. Recommendation on the draft Council Decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Multilateral Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Iceland, the Republic of Montenegro, the Kingdom of Norway, Romania, the Republic of Serbia and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo on the establishment of a European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) 
A8-0260/2017 
UKIP MEP's voted to abstain on this recommendation. Amongst other things this recommendation was amending the Multilateral Agreement to take into account the accession of several countries who are now members of the EU. 
 
10. EU political relations with India 
A8-0242/2017 
UKIP voted against this non-legislative and non-binding report. We do not support the development of any type of EU foreign policy. We look forward to reinvigorating the UK’s ties with our important Commonwealth partners following the UK’s exit from the European Union, on a bilateral basis, when we will able to, once again, negotiate our own trade agreements. 
 
11. Arms export: implementation of Common Position 2008/944/CFSP 
A8-0264/2017 
UKIP voted against this non-legislative and non-binding report. Arms exports are an intricate part of government policy, linked with both economic wellbeing and foreign policy interests. Whilst we are concerned with aspects of UK government policy, in particular regarding Saudi Arabia, there is no justification for the transfer of these powers to the EU which, following Brexit, will be a foreign power. 
 
12. EU political relations with Latin America 
A8-0268/2017 
UKIP voted against this non-legislative and non-binding report. We do not support the development of any type of EU foreign policy. 
 
13. Corruption and human rights in third countries 
A8-0246/2017 
UKIP abstained on this non-legislative and non-binding report. This report raises many important breaches of human rights and corruption of which we are concerned. However we do not support the development of EU foreign policy or see any added value in EU action that cannot already be achieved by state or international level assistance. 
 
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14. Subjecting acryloylfentanyl to control measures 
A8-0284/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted to abstain on this technically non-legislative report. The UK already considers this substance to be worthy of being listed as a Class A drug. Furthermore, the UK is not bound by this decision taken at EU level. UKIP believe that controlling the drug in the EU could be beneficial in combatting the drug being available in the UK. 
 
15. Uniform format for residence permits for third country nationals 
A8-0065/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted to abstain on this legislative report. UKIP fully support measures that seek to tackle illegal migrants being able to easily forge residence permits. We cannot, however, support EU legislation and EU harmonisation practices. For these reasons, UKIP voted to abstain on this report. 
Written Explanation of votes 
01/06/17 
1. Uniform format for visas 
A8-0028/2016 
UKIP MEP’s have voted to abstain on this legislative report. UKIP MEP’s firmly support measures which are designed to combat illegal migration. We do, however, not support further EU harmonisation practices and EU legitimacy in issuing visas. 
 
2. Multiannual Framework for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights for 2018-2022 
A8-0177/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted against this technically legislative report. UKIP fully support safeguarding fundamental rights but reject the need for an EU body, financed by the taxpayer, to conduct work that many national governments and NGO’s already do. 
 
3. Multiannual Framework for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights for 2018-2022 
B8-0384/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted this non-legislative motion for resolution. UKIP principally oppose the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), which is financed by the taxpayer, to conduct work that many national governments and NGO’s already do. This resolution seeks to expand the scope of this framework, so UKIP MEP’s voted against. 
 
4. Combatting anti-Semitism 
B8-0383/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have been permitted a free vote on this non-legislative resolution. UKIP firmly reject all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism. As some amendments concerned sensitive issues, such as the definition of ‘anti-Semitism’ and the right to criticise Israel, UKIP MEP’s were permitted to vote based on their own conscience. 
 
5. The new European Consensus on Development -our world, our dignity, our future 
B8-0387/2017 
UKIP MEPs have voted against the new Consensus on Development in this motion for a resolution. UKIP does not support the European Union trying to further harmonise development policy. The EU wants to see one development policy to override all of the 28 other development policies from the national governments. With this one line of vision the EU will have the authority to instruct nation states where to spend their taxpayer money as well as wanting to push for the further expansion of the influence of the Union though their ‘common vision, values and principles’. UKIP does not want the EU to have more influence and see the further harmonisation of policies and so for these reasons UKIP has voted against. 
 
6. Resilience as a strategic priority of the external action for the EU 
B8-0381/2017 
UKIP MEPs have voted against this motion for a resolution on resilience as a strategic priority of the external action for the EU. This document would like to see the 2013-2020 Action Plan for resilience fully implemented and it would like to promote “greater coherence between policies.” This would mean that the EU would like to see further integration of its policies in member states and harmonisation throughout the Union. In addition, the document has asked for “sufficient resources to be devoted to the promotion of resilience.” This means that the EU wants to put more money into failing and unsuccessful projects to promote resilience. UKIP does not support the EU wasting more money and for the further harmonisation of policies and for these reasons UKIP has voted against. 
 
7. Internet connectivity for growth, competitiveness and cohesion: European gigabit society and 5G 
A8-0184/2017 
Today UKIP voted against this own-initiative report. We are against new EU legislation and we oppose further harmonisation in this field. 
 
8. Digitising European industry 
A8-0183/2017 
Today UKIP voted against this own-initiative report. We are against new EU legislation and we oppose further harmonisation in this field. 
 
9. Recommendations to the Commission on the protection of vulnerable adults 
A8-0152/2017 
UKIP have abstained on this non-legislative report, because the needs of vulnerable adults must be ensured within the Member States. It is important that every Member State ratifies The Hague Convention, it really should not be up to the EU to put pressure on the Member States to force the ratification. Ratification of The Hague Convention should be done in a timely manner and when the Member States are in a position to do so. 
 
10. High-Level UN Conference to support the implementation of SDG 14 (UN Ocean Conference) 
B8-0382/2017 
We opposed this non-legislative resolution because, like the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) itself, it would block development without delivering the conservation necessary to avoid the 'tragedy of the commons'. 
Written Explanation of votes 
27/04/17 
 
1. Agreement on Operational and Strategic Cooperation between Denmark and Europol 
A8-0164/2017 
UKIP MEP's have voted to abstain on this technically non-legislative report. UKIP fully respects the will of the Danish people who chose to have less involvement with Europol. UKIP do, however, oppose calls in this report to exhaust all legal possibilities to invite Denmark to be full members of Europol. This without doubt seeks to undermine the democratic will of the Danish people. 
 
2. The EU flagship initiative on the garment sector 
A8-0080/2017 
UKIP MEPs have voted to abstain in this non-legislative report. UKIP does not support the Commission developing a monitoring system which encompasses data collection. The EU has no right to be intervening in national state affairs. However, the report does talk about greater transparency and traceability of garments and it is calling on the Commission to make gender equality, women empowerment and children’s rights. Although the report calls on the Commission a lot it is centred around human rights and more specific children’s rights and for this reason UKIP will abstain. 
 
3. The establishment of the Structural Reform Support Programme for the period 2017 to 2020 
A8-0374/2016 
UKIP MEPs have voted against this legislative report. UKIP does not support the Structural Reform Support Programme that has been put in place to strengthen the capacity of Member States to design and implement growth-enhancing administrative and structural reforms. The EU has no right to be intervening in national state affairs and in addition this vanity project costs the taxpayer EUR 142 million at current prices for the programme. In addition, the EU wants to see the further harmonisation of programmes and policies throughout the Union. For these reasons, UKIP voted against this report. 
 
4. Management of fishing fleets in the outermost regions 
A8-0138/2017 
We opposed this non-legislative vote as it would lead to more subsidy which we see as the misuse of taxpayers’ money 
 
5. State of play of farmland concentration in the EU: how to facilitate the access to land for farmers 
A8-0119/2017 
We opposed this non-legislative vote as this reports is neither sound economic analysis nor good use of taxpayers’ money. 
 
6. Regulation on financial reporting and auditing 2014-2020 
A8-0291/2016 
This legislative vote on regulation will increase the 2014-2020 budget for the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group to 57m euros, accordingly UKIP voted against. 
 
7. Regulation on consumer involvement in policy making in financial services 
A8-0008/2017 
This legislative vote on regulation will increase funding by 6m euros for the period 2017-2020, accordingly UKIP voted against. 
 
8. Annual Report on the European Investment Bank 
A8-0121/2017 
This non-legislative non -binding report, suggests that the EIB should consider demanding more capital from shareholders.(ie more money from the UK and other Member States) and calls on the Commission and Member States to increase the budget for external lending, accordingly UKIP voted against. 
 
9. Report on hybrid mismatches with third countries 
A8-0134/2017 
The proposal is part of a package linked with harmonisation of taxes and the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base, accordingly UKIP voted against on this technically non-legislative report. 
 
10. Minamata Convention on Mercury 
A8-0067/2017 
UKIP is concerned of the adverse effects of mercury on human and animal health – in humans, mercury affects mostly the central nervous system and the kidneys. Acute inhalation, dermal exposure and chronic exposure are proved to be extremely damaging to human health. This is why UKIP abstained on this Recommendation. 
 
11. Implementation of the Mining Waste Directive 
A8-0071/2017 
UKIP believe that it is important to protect human health and the environment from the improper management of waste facilities that could give rise to major accidents . We believe that measures, procedures and guidance to prevent and reduce adverse effects on the environment and human health resulting from the management of extractive waste should be established by national Parliaments. This is why UKIP abstained on this none-legislative report. 
 
12. Situation in Venezuela 
RC8-0270/2017 
UKIP abstained on this none-legislative and non-binding resolution. Whilst we are concerned at the ongoing political instability and civil unrest in the country, we cannot endorse EU action, increased involvement of the VP/HR or the sending of a Parliamentary delegation. 
 
13. European Year of Cultural Heritage 
A8-0340/2016 
UKIP voted against this legislative report, we oppose the use of taxpayers money for another unnecessary scheme to promote the EU. 
 
14. EU trade mark 
A8-0054/2017 
UKIP voted against this legislative report, as it is wishing to create harmonisation with regards to trade marks. Furthermore the original text calls for an office to be responsible for the harmonisation which will have full legal, administrative and financial autonomy 
1. Logistics in the EU and multimodal transport in the new TEN-T corridors 
A8-0384/2016 
UKIP voted against this non legislative report, because this report is calling for Member States to be punished should there be a delay in the implementation of EU law. Furthermore the report is calling for disciplinary action to be taken against Member States that impede the free movement of goods by deliberately preventing freight flows. 
 
2. Tackling the challenges of the EU Customs Code (UCC) implementation 
B8-0024/2017 
UKIP MEP’s have voted against this non-legislative resolution. In principle, UKIP oppose the EU’s customs union and reject calls for the Commission to instigate implementing acts. 
 
3. European Pillar of Social Rights 
A8-0391/2016 
UKIP voted against this non-binding, non-legislative report. It included calls for an EU social security card, the creation of an arbitrary EU minimum income scheme and praised the free movement of people across Europe. Unelected and unaccountable EU institutions have no right to interfere with national law in this way. Only our elected and accountable national government should take these decisions. 
 
4. Human rights reports 
RC8-0072/2017 
RC8-0074/2017 
RC8-0075/2017 
UKIP abstained on this non-legislative and non-binding resolution. Whilst we share concerns at the breaches of human rights that this report addresses we cannot support EU action on these issues. 
5. Agreement Continuing the International Science and Technology Center 
A8-0363/2016 
UKIP voted against. We do not support the EU's membership of such organisations. Furthermore we do not support EU financial expenditure. 
 
6. Objection pursuant to Rule 105(3): Commission Delegated regulation amending Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 supplementing Directive (EU) 2015/849 by identifying high-risk third countries with strategic deficiencies 
B8 0001/2017 
This Motion for a Resolution seeks to reject the currently proposed delegated act, but calls on the Commission to propose another. Voting for or against would generate EU delegated legislation, hence the abstention. 
 
7. Kosovo Partnership 
A8-0361/2016 
We voted against this legislative report, as it is a step towards the eventual EU membership of Kosovo. Kosovo's poverty, corruption and treatment of its Serb minority make it unsuitable for membership. Whilst we are about to leave the EU, we are in no rush to add corrupt and impoverished countries to the EU to take the place of a vibrant and dynamic independent Britain. We also note the fact that Kosovo is not universally recognised as an independent state by important sections of the international community. 
 
8. Textiles from third countries 
A8-0311/2016 
This report concerns the trade in textiles from countries such as Belarus and North Korea. These countries are minimal players in EU trade, and this report was merely a technical tidying up exercise which we saw no need to oppose, so we abstained on this legislative report. 
 
 
Resolution: patents and plant breeders' rights 
RC8-1394/2015 
We abstained on this important, highly complex issue because such verbose EU legal resolutions – whether approved or rejected – are simply not the best way to deliver progress and prosperity on the issue. 
 
Completing EMU (DODDS) 
B8-1347/2015 
Economic and Monetary Union is a fundamentally bad idea because it places distinctive and different national economies in one straightjacket of economic policies. Completing economic and monetary union (as the title of this Motion for Resolution wishes) would therefore merely preserve the problems to be fixed by the inevitable break-up of the currency zone – better to make that break up occur at a time of the zone's own choosing rather than have it forced upon them by events. Accordingly UKIP voted against. 
 
Setting up a Committee of Inquiry on emission measurements in the automotive sector, its powers, numerical strength and term of office 
B8-1424/2015 
UKIP voted in favour of setting up an EU parliament committee of enquiry on this issue. The committee intends to investigate the Commission's role in the scandal. UKIP fully support anything which will hold accountable the un-elected EU Commission. However the committee also intends to investigate Member States and national authorities. While we don't support the legitimacy of EU bodies investigating Member States, it may shine a light on wrong doing by our own government. UKIP will oppose any recommendations made by the committee which call for more EU powers, legislation or harmonisation. 
 
EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (protocol to take account of the accession of Croatia) 
A8-0340/2015 
UKIP voted against this legislative vote on the EU-Vietnam agreement on partnership and cooperation. We are opposed in principle to EU institutions signing international agreements on behalf of the UK. Only elected and accountable national governments should negotiate and conclude international agreements not the unelected and unaccountable EU Commission. 
 
EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (consent) 
A8-0339/2015 
UKIP voted against this legislative vote on the EU-Vietnam agreement on partnership and cooperation. We are opposed in principle to EU institutions signing international agreements on behalf of the UK. Only elected and accountable national governments should negotiate and conclude international agreements not the unelected and unaccountable EU Commission. 
 
EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (resolution) 
A8-0342/2015 
UKIP voted against this non-legislative and non-binding report on the EU-Vietnam agreement on partnership and cooperation. We are opposed in principle to EU institutions signing international agreements on behalf of the UK. Only elected and accountable national governments should negotiate and conclude international agreements not the unelected and unaccountable EU Commission. The EU has no right to interfere in the domestic affairs of non-EU countries. 
 
Annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2014 and the EU policy on the matter 
A8-0344/2015 
UKIP abstained on this non-legislative and non-binding report. UKIP of course shares many of the concerns highlighted in the report regarding the violation of human rights, discrimination against LGBTI people, sexual violence as a weapon of war and many other cruel and inhumane acts. However we cannot support calls for more EU action on the international stage. These issues should be handled between national governments and at the appropriate and legitimate international level, namely the United Nations. The un-elected and unaccountable EU institutions have no right to interfere in the foreign policy of Member States or the domestic affairs of non-EU countries. 
 
20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace agreement 
RC8-1362/2015 
UKIP abstained on this non-legislative and non-binding resolution. UKIP of course is glad that the violence came to an end and that the victims and innocents caught up in the war should be remembered. However the report goes on to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in applying for membership of the European Union which is something UKIP cannot support. 
 
Arms export: implementation of the Common Position 2008/944/CFSP 
A8-0338/2015 
UKIP voted against this non-legislative and non-binding report. We oppose in principle to unaccountable EU institutions being able to decide who we export to and the terms of such export. The only people that should decide UK trade policy is our elected and accountable national government. 
 
Situation in Burundi 
RC-B8-1348/2015 
UKIP abstained on this non-legislative and non-binding resolution. While of course we shares deep concern over the unstable political situation and killings that have taken place, we cannot support calls for more EU interference. These issues should be handled between national governments and at the appropriate and legitimate international level, namely the United Nations. The un-elected and unaccountable EU institutions have no right to interfere in the foreign policy of Member States or the domestic affairs of non-EU countries. 
 
Protection of Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo 
B8-1346/2015 
UKIP abstained on this non-legislative and non-binding resolution. While of course UKIP shares great concern over the exploration for oil in this national park with the possible serious ramifications for protected animals and the environment, and we would urge the DRC to comply with international law on protected sites, we cannot support the EU being involved. This issue should be handled by negotiations between national governments and at the appropriate and legitimate international level, namely the United Nations. The un-elected and unaccountable EU institutions have no right to interfere in the foreign policy of Member States or the domestic affairs of non-EU countries. 
UKIP's position on the GMO products vote.  
 
“This report was misleadingly labelled as giving member states more powers. In actual fact, whilst amendment 20 did give powers back, this was cancelled out by the other 50 amendments which maintained and re-asserted EU control and authority over the whole procedure. The EU did not allow us to vote on individual amendments, which we regard as rather unfair. Therefore, we could not support this bloc vote.” 
Commission Work Programme 2015 
 
UKIP voted against paragraph 6 of the S&D resolution on the Commission Work Programme 2015. We of course oppose any illegal action in the realm of tax. However we cannot call on the EU do anything, as this is a step in the direction of further tax powers being handed over to the undemocratic and unaccountable institutions of the EU. The second half of the paragraph calls for more EU legislation on country-by-country reporting for all cross border companies. UKIP will not support more EU legislation and EU red tape on businesses. 
 
UKIP voted against split 1 on paragraph 9 of the EPP resolution on the Commission Work Programme 2015. UKIP was elected to oppose all new EU legislation, get rid of existing EU laws, support powers to be returned to Member States and campaign to leave the EU. As this text concerns the withdrawal of EU proposals, we voted against opposing the withdrawal of the named legislative proposals. Only the unelected EU Commission can initiate new, start to amend existing, or begin repeal of EU legislation. No one who the people can vote for can change EU laws. This is why the EU is not legitimate in creating laws that the UK is forced to abide by. 
 
UKIP abstained on split 2 on paragraph 9 of the EPP resolution on the Commission Work Programme 2015 concerning the withdrawal of the Maternity Leave Directive. UKIP was elected to oppose all new EU legislation, get rid of existing EU laws, support powers to be returned to Member States and campaign to leave the EU. While on the one hand we certainly support the reduction and withdrawal of EU legislation; we are not against maternity leave, which other parties would wrongfully attack us for if we voted in favour. UKIP believes maternity leave legislation should be decided by the elected politicians at national level, not undemocratic and unaccountable institutions in Brussels.