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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.