Written Explanation of votes
1. EU-Iceland Geographical Indicators
Borelli Report (1 of 2)
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)
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
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
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
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 UKIP support the repeal of unnecessary, obsolete and out of date regulations.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
1. Mobilisation of the European Union Solidarity Fund to provide assistance to Italy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
14. Subjecting acryloylfentanyl to control measures
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
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.