Resolutions have no legislative force but they let the European Council and Commission know where the Parliament stands on particular issues. This is important because the Commission will negotiate the Withdrawal Agreement but the Parliament will vote on whether to accept or reject it.
UKIP proposed a number of amendments which were intended to show how Brexit should be accomplished, and which would protect Britain’s interests.
Labour, and to a lesser extent Conservative MEPs, showed how they already intend to betray Brexit. Labour MEPs in particular are not there to represent the interests of the British people but rather they represent the interests of the European Union.
Below is a summary of the highlights of the voting by Labour and Tory MEPs on UKIP’s, and other amendments, to demonstrate exactly what I mean.
Trade (Amendments 17 and 18)
- Labour voted against UK starting trade negotiations with third countries
- Labour voted against discussing EU-UK tariff free trade agreement during negotiations
Budget (Paragraph 11 split vote 2 and Amendments 12, 13 and 14)
- Labour voted for further financial contributions after the UK has withdrawn
- Labour and Tories voted against no legal obligation for the UK to contribute further to the budget after withdrawal (There is no legal obligation so this is just a statement of fact)
- Labour and Tories voted against rejecting the EU divorce bill (i.e. Mr Barnier’s demand that we pay the EU €50 billion plus)
Judicial matters (Paragraph 17 split vote 2, Paragraph 28 split vote 2 and Amendment 19)
- Labour voted in favour of allowing the ECJ to be guardians of the withdrawal agreement (this means the ECJ could reject it or require changes)
- Labour voted against ending the jurisdiction of the ECJ in the UK
Reciprocal rights (Amendment 8)
- Labour voted against defending rights of UK citizens in the EU
Northern Ireland (Amendment 20)
- Labour voted against saying that the Common Travel Area (CTA) is not dependent on EU membership
Gibraltar (Amendments 10 and 11)
- Labour abstained on not using negotiations to question the sovereignty of Gibraltar
- Labour against rejecting paragraph 22 of the Council guidelines which gives Spain rights to veto
Free movement (Amendment 9)
- Tories abstained on saying free movement must end
- Labour voted against saying free movement must end
Fishing (Amendment 15)
- Labour voted against repatriating fishing policy
Why the Leave vote won (Amendment 7)
- Tories and Labour voted against acknowledging that controlling immigration, ending financial contributions and repatriating powers were the reasons why the Leave vote won.
These votes demonstrate how Labour and Conservative MEPs (and of course it goes without saying the single Lib-Dem MEP) are likely to betray Brexit and Britain when they eventually get to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in two years time.