I am an elected member of the European Parliament
for the South East… sitting as an independent

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19Sep 18
EU Copyright Directive – The Wrong Decision!

EU Copyright Directive – The wrong decision!

The overriding issue regarding this EU Parliament decision is its threat to free speech. The root of the threat is that it makes Internet platforms liable for their user’s content. Making Internet companies the copyright enforcer’s and effectively content policemen makes no sense given the likelihood that they will err on the side of caution and overblock to avoid any potential penalty. Content usage oversight and control should be the responsibility of the right’s holders.…

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28Jun 18
The EU Pan European Pension Product – A £2.1 Trillion Power Grab?

The EU Pan European Pension Product – a £2.1 trillion power grab?

Diane was interviewed by FACTS4EU.ORG about preparation for a Pan European Pension Plan (PEPP). Some of here edited and shortened comments were: “The issue here from my point of view is that this is a financial power grab by the European Union. .... Its impact on the UK will be huge.... Edinburgh is effectively the pivot around which the pension market in the UK operates. All the big key players are based up there..... This is not only a financial…

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28Mar 18
EU Army On Manoeuvres

EU Army On Manoeuvres

BRITISH MEP DIANE JAMES COMMENTED EXCLUSIVELY TO BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG We asked seasoned observer of the EU's military ambitions, Diane James MEP, for her thoughts on these latest developments: The full text of the article is here on: facts4eu.org

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12Feb 18
From Data Rules To EU ‘click Taxes’, Britain Needs A Plan To Protect The Digital Economy

From data rules to EU ‘click taxes’, Britain needs a plan to protect the digital economy

This article was originally published on the City AM website. The UK has developed an enviable digital economy, worth £160bn a year according to Tech Nation. The Harvard Business Review has estimated that the sector accounts for 16 per cent of domestic output, 10 per cent of employment, and 24 per cent of exports. Yet, despite its size and value, the digital economy was somewhat absent from the Brexit debate. Much more was heard about financial…

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05Feb 18
Are Gove’s Green Policies Just An Excuse To Raise Taxes?

Are Gove’s Green policies just an excuse to raise taxes?

This article was originally published on the CapX website. What is behind Michael Gove’s love for all things environmental? Despite David Cameron’s attempt to paint the Conservatives as “Green”, the party has never really enjoyed much of a reputation as being particularly pro-environment. That mantle has tended to rest with the Liberal Democrats and, naturally, the Green Party. Could it be that Gove is determined to really clean up the state of the nation, or…

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25Jan 18
Brexit Deal Not Looking Good

Brexit deal not looking good

This article was originally published on the EU Observer website. I cannot believe that there are too many people who believe that the whole Brexit negotiation process is running smoothly. But with so many vested interests, both economic and political, this was always going to be the case, especially when David Cameron had ruled out any pre-referendum involvement by the civil service, and the subsequent nine month delay in actually invoking Article 50. But as the…

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16Jan 18
Work Experience Programme 2018

Work Experience Programme 2018

I am accepting applications from exceptional candidates for my work experience programme held during the Strasbourg Plenary weeks. If you wish to apply, then please fill out your details here. .... available during monthly Strasbourg voting or plenary sessions

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13Jan 18
Second EU Referendum

Second EU Referendum

I see no reason, no justification and no rationale for a second EU Referendum and in any case, I can't see the Leave vote being overturned.

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