Jake PUGH : Written explanations of vote 

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

Ongoing hearings under article 7(1) of the TEU regarding Poland and Hungary (B9-0032/2020)  
 

The Brexit Party voted against this non-legislative resolution. Principally, The Brexit Party oppose the EU’s infringement proceedings against any sovereign nation. We believe that the governments of these nations, who were democratically elected unlike many EU lawmakers, have the right to enact the policies that they have elected on. For these reasons, we voted against calls for further hearings with Poland and Hungary.

Activities of the European Ombudsman in 2018 (A9-0032/2019 - Peter Jahr)  
 

Ombudsman has done a decent job on investigating issues within the Commission and EU institutions. The report praises the Ombudsman and lightly calls for more transparency with the EU structure.

Protocol to the Agreement between the EU, Iceland and Norway concerning the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the State responsible for examining a request for asylum lodged in a Member State or in Iceland or Norway regarding the access to Eurodac for law enforcement purposes (A9-0053/2019 - Jadwiga Wiśniewska)  
 

The Brexit Party have voted to abstain on this legislative report. Whilst we support the principle of cooperation with neighbouring countries, particularly when this concerns combatting serious crime and terrorism, we cannot support this being facilitated via the EU. As we believe these agreements should be conducted bilaterally, we abstained on this report

EU-China Agreement on certain aspects of air services (A9-0041/2019 - Tomasz Piotr Poręba)  
 

Brexit Party MEPs have abstained on this consent vote. This is a technical amendment to bring the agreement in line with EU rules, and therefore we felt it most appropriate to abstain.

Common system of value added tax as regards the special scheme for small enterprises (A9-0055/2019 - Inese Vaidere)  
 

Although the Brexit party opposes EU tax harmonisation, and does not support EU legislation over the UK, these provisions would reduce the scope of VAT and so we abstained.

The European Green Deal (RC-B9-0040/2020, B9-0040/2020, B9-0041/2020, B9-0042/2020, B9-0043/2020, B9-0044/2020, B9-0045/2020, B9-0046/2020)  
 

Brexit Party MEPs voted against this motion for a resolution. We do not support the EU spending trillions of euros and harmonising laws and targets. If Member States wish to achieve climate objectives, it should be on their own terms and not the EUs. Brexit Party MEPs voted on a number of amendments, in order to reduce the extent of targets and increases in EU legislation.

Implementing and monitoring the provisions on citizens’ rights in the Withdrawal Agreement (B9-0031/2020)  
 

The Resolution regrets the loss of Freedom of Movement and seeks to reverse the burden of proof for Settled Status, accordingly the Brexit Party voted against.

Annual report 2018 on the human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union's policy on the matter (A9-0051/2019 - Isabel Wiseler-Lima)  
 

The Brexit Party voted against this non-legislative report. Whilst we respect the importance of the human rights issues raised within this report we are opposed to the European Union becoming involved. We are firmly opposed to the increasing use of serious human rights issue abroad as justification for the enhancement of the EU's foreign policy apparatus.

Annual report on the implementation of the common foreign and security policy (A9-0054/2019 - David McAllister)  
 

The Brexit Party voted against this non-legislative report. We are opposed to the development of the EU's strategic autonomy and the further transfer of foreign policy decision making to the EU level.

Annual report on the implementation of the common security and defence policy (A9-0052/2019 - Arnaud Danjean)  
 

The Brexit Party voted against this non-legislative report. We are opposed to the development of the European Defence Union. Defence of the realm is fundamental to nation-state sovereignty and should remain the responsibility of the member-states.

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