Diane asks whether Article 9 of Lisbon Treaty on EU Citizens rights in other member states is fit for purpose and wants answers from the experts on the rights of movement of citizens of Gibraltar into Spain. Full video. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20170321-0830-COMMITTEE-AFCO
Answers to Diane's questions found at around 0830UK.
An historic day - finally - the Bill to start the Article 50 negotiation process with the European Union is put for a vote before the House of Commons. As Article 50 is initiated I will do my utmost as an independent member of the European Parliament to monitor the response of parliamentarians to the negotiations, assess the likely problems that will affect future ratification of a 'Brexit agreement' and campaign within this institution for a win-win fair trade agreement with the EU bloc which establishes Britain as a sovereign independent nation state...
I am saddened but totally unsurprised at the decision taken by the Supreme Court judges. Their judgement, whilst legally sound, flies in the face of the Referendum vote outcome. Protection of parliamentary sovereignty should be upheld but so should voter’s belief in what was and is a Democratic process namely abiding by a Referendum vote outcome. The Remain camp may scent victory in terms of stalling the Brexit process, they may also believe that they now have an opportunity to re-write a historical decision taken by UK voters but by opening a metaphorical Pandora's box and challenging the Referendum vote, they should also heed the damage that they are now exerting on UK democratic and parliamentary process. The UK does not have a functioning elected parliamentary opposition but instead an opposition seeded amongst those who wish to reverse the change demanded by voters on the UK's EU membership and to chart a different course or reshape what was a clear electoral outcome. There are many with vested interests in the UK remaining an EU member state. Those vested interests should not and cannot be allowed to frustrate or negate the will of the electorate. The only positive note to come out of this morning's announcement was to categorically confirm that the Devolution process has not undermined UK parliamentary process. Small mercy in what has been an incredibly disquieting day for UK Democracy.
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Diane played a high profile role in the 2016 UK Referendum campaign on whether Britain should Remain a member of the European Union. As a supporter of the Leave campaign, Diane featured in local and national debates across the country. See the Media section on this site for more. Follow Diane on Twitter for the latest news on how Diane is playing her part as an independent member of the European Parliament to monitor the response of parliamentarians to the negotiations, assess the likely problems that will affect future ratification of a 'Brexit agreement' and campaign within this institution for a win-win fair trade agreement with the EU bloc which establishes Britain as a sovereign independent nation state.