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Bill ETHERIDGE : Written explanations of vote - 8th parliamentary term 

Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Structural and financial barriers in the access to culture (A8-0169/2018 - Bogdan Andrzej Zdrojewski)  

UKIP voted against this non-legislative, non-binding report regarding accessibility to cultural services. Although there are some pertinent points, it is not for the EU to interfere with national tax policies, dictate how much national governments should contribute or invest in cultural services, nor how they should form policy in this area. Furthermore, we oppose calls for increased investment at the expense of the taxpayer; this is for the sole discretion of national governments.

Proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions (A8-0395/2017 - Andreas Schwab)  

UKIP MEPs voted against this legislative first reading report. We believe that it should be left to Member States to regulate professions, and that it is not the task of the Commission to set a proportionality test. UKIP tabled a rejection amendment to this report, which we voted in favour of, as we believe this legislation should not go ahead.

Use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road (A8-0193/2018 - Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar)  

– UKIP voted against this report. It is looking at removing restrictions that Member States have the right to impose. These restrictions include such things as the use of hired goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight above six tonnes and restricting the use of a vehicle which has been hired in a Member State different from the one where the vehicle is.

Decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations: Enforcement requirements and specific rules for posting drivers in the road transport sector (A8-0206/2018 - Merja Kyllönen)  

UKIP voted against. This first reading vote was requesting that the report go straight into interinstitutional negotiations, this means that there will be closed-door negotiations, therefore doing away with transparency.

Decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations: Amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 as regards on minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs (A8-0205/2018 - Wim van de Camp)  

UKIP voted against. This first reading vote was requesting that the report go straight into interinstitutional negotiations, this means that there will be closed-door negotiations, therefore doing away with transparency.

Decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations Amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 with a view to adapting them to developments in the sector (A8-0204/2018 - Ismail Ertug)  

UKIP voted against. This first reading vote was requesting that the report go straight into interinstitutional negotiations, this means that there will be closed-door negotiations, therefore doing away with transparency.

Objection to Commission delegated regulation amending delegated regulation (EU) 2017/118 establishing fisheries conservation measures for the protection of the marine environment in the North Sea (B8-0299/2018)  

We supported this objection to the delegated regulation because we oppose the Common Fisheries Policy and the incorporation of the UK in its North Sea plan, especially as we are scheduled to leave the EU.

Georgian occupied territories ten years after the Russian invasion (RC-B8-0275/2018, B8-0275/2018, B8-0276/2018, B8-0277/2018, B8-0278/2018, B8-0279/2018, B8-0285/2018)  

UKIP abstained on this non-legislative resolution. We do not support the development of an EU foreign policy. Unresolved and frozen conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus are a concern, but we do not think that EU policy or action should or does play any constructive role in resolving these issues. Mediation is a concern for the parties involved supported by more appropriate international regimes.

Negotiations for a new EU-ACP Partnership Agreement (B8-0274/2018)  

UKIP MEPs have voted against this non-legislative motion for resolution. UKIP firmly opposes the current EU-ACP Partnership Agreement, as it is based on the principle of conditionality, which is, in essence, the EU politicising its trade policy with third countries. UKIP believe that the best way to aid developing nations is via improved trade relations, whereas the EU’s insistence on pursuing a trade policy based on conditionality hinders not only the development of these nations, but also consumers in Europe.

Monitoring the application of EU law 2016 (A8-0197/2018 - Kostas Chrysogonos)  

UKIP voted against. This report is calling for such things as giving the Parliament basic control over major decisions affecting the EU, Member States and its people, with such decisions to include national budgets and reforms, these issues should remain the sole responsibility of the Member State. The report also goes on to mention its concern over the fact that fiscal measures, such as reductions in national expenditure, have not had the desired effect. This we totally disagree with.

Composition of the European Parliament (A8-0207/2018 - Danuta Maria Hübner, Pedro Silva Pereira)  

UKIP voted in favour of this proposal to scrap all UK MEPs. UKIP MEPs have been here since 1999 always on the basis that we want to put ourselves out of a job and for Britain to leave the European Union.
The proposal is in two parts. The first part lists all Member States and indicates how many MEPs are allocated to each country. The 73 UK MEPs shall be removed from this list with a portion being re-allocated to other Member States.
The second part of the proposal includes a clause stating that if the UK remains a Member of the EU by the next EU election (the EU treaties still apply), then the UK shall retain the current number of MEPs allocated. UKIP want to leave the EU on 29 March so we want all the MEPs to be gone.
Regarding the second part of the proposal, the Government should have repealed the 2003 European Elections Act which they haven’t. If we have not left and there has to be a European election, which UKIP doesn’t want, we will fight it with the argument of complete unequivocal withdrawal as soon as possible.

Insolvency proceedings: updated annexes to the Regulation (A8-0174/2018 - Tadeusz Zwiefka)  

UKIP voted to abstain on the amendment to the annex as this does not affect the UK.

Cohesion policy and the circular economy (A8-0184/2018 - Davor Škrlec)  

UKIP have voted against this non-legislative, own initiative report. The report involves using EU funds in order to promote the circular economy. While to objectives of sustainability and reducing waste are important for everyone to work towards, this is not something that should be achieved through EU funding and legislation.

Negotiations on the modernisation of the EU-Chile Association Agreement (A8-0158/2018 - Charles Tannock)  

. ‒ UKIP voted against this non-legislative and non-binding resolution. We are opposed to the development of EU foreign policy and do not believe that the EU should sign any international agreements or agreements with third countries.

EU-NATO relations (A8-0188/2018 - Ioan Mircea Paşcu)  

. ‒ UKIP voted against this non-legislative and non-binding report. We are firmly committed in our support of NATO as the primary guarantor of security cooperation and mutual defence in Europe. We are opposed to the militarisation of the European Union and the development of any institutional capacity or EU—led cooperation amongst Member States. Furthermore, we are against any level of EU cooperation with NATO as this risks duplicating and in some cases undermining NATO, negatively impacting security in Europe.

Cyber defence (A8-0189/2018 - Urmas Paet)  

. ‒ UKIP voted against this non-legislative and non-binding report. Whilst we recognise the rising significance of cyber—defence for national security, we are firm in our belief that national security is solely a matter for Member States. We do not support the militarisation of the European Union or the development of any EU institutional capacity or EU—led cooperation amongst Member States on issues related to national defence, including cyber—defence. Member States are free, however, to cooperate on a bilateral and multilateral level as well as through NATO if they choose to do so.

State of play of recreational fisheries in the EU (A8-0191/2018 - Norica Nicolai)  

We oppose this own-initiative report because it opens the way to catch ordinary anglers in the bureaucratic nightmare and legal minefield that is the common fisheries policy.

Clearing obligation, reporting requirements and risk-mitigation techniques for OTC derivatives and trade repositories (A8-0181/2018 - Werner Langen)  

Whilst UKIP does not support EU legislation, the proposed amendments to EMIR will reduce unnecessary compliance costs for business, and accordingly UKIP abstained.

Common rules in the field of civil aviation and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (A8-0364/2016 - Marian-Jean Marinescu)  

. ‒ UKIP voted against. This proposal was looking at creating a regulatory framework for the integration of new business models and emerging technologies, along with the harmonisation of accreditation worthiness by ensuring that similarly qualified entities who carry out tasks on behalf of national aviation authorities should be accredited by the agency. However the regulation does not describe what the model will be in order for these agencies to be accredited by the agency. In such an important issue as safety the bar has to be set high and unfortunately with the ‘one size fits all’ policies that the EU adopts, we know that the bar that the EU will set will be very low and this will affect standard safety issues.

CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles (A8-0010/2018 - Damiano Zoffoli)  

. ‒ UKIP MEPs voted against this legislative report. EU energy and climate policies are profoundly damaging European economy. EU unilateral climate policy is making Europe non-competitive and it is causing a huge loss of jobs and industries. Companies are forced to take radical decisions, moving offshore to defend themselves from bankruptcy.