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

Recent posts and blogs
11Jan 18
Nigel Farage Is Wrong To Consider A Second EU Referendum

Nigel Farage is wrong to consider a second EU referendum

This article was originally published on the Prospect Magazine website. We’ve had the vote and it’s been ratified in parliament. A rerun would be untenable—and risky for both businesses and the public sector. My erstwhile colleague, Nigel Farage MEP, has said that he could possibly consider supporting a second EU membership referendum to ‘kill off’ the Remain campaign for a generation. Notwithstanding the poor choice of words, I believe that Nigel is wrong—a second referendum is…

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21Dec 17

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2017 was my first year as an independent MEP in the European Parliament, but you can rest assured that I have continued my efforts as a Eurosceptic and 'Clean Brexit' campaigner on your behalf. My voting record in the plenary sessions remains one of the highest of the UK MEPs. My attendance and voting at the Constitution Committee (AFCO) is also one of the highest. I have continued to be vocal in the chamber, ensuring…

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07Dec 17
Britain Will Be Bullied By Brussels Into Getting A Bad Deal

Britain will be bullied by Brussels into getting a bad deal

I think there is a very real possibility that we are going to get bullied by Brussels into getting a bad deal. Our Government has to remember that we voted to leave the Single Market, the Customs Union and the ECJ; there can't be any special provisions for separate parts of the UK.

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29Nov 17
An Update On EU Citizens’ Rights Post Brexit

An update on EU citizens’ rights post Brexit

I have been inundated with messages from UK citizens living abroad in other EU Member States and they all have the same question: what will happen to them after Brexit. In short, whilst the UK has made a very generous offer to the EU regarding EU citizens in the UK, we are yet to receive a reciprocal agreement regarding UK citizens in the EU.

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23Nov 17

Please ‘Like’ my Facebook page

If you want to stay up to date with what I am doing at the European Parliament, then please 'Like' my Facebook page. I upload regular comments on what's happening in the papers and regular videos on what's happening with Brexit.

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22Nov 17
COP23 Cop Out: The EU Leaders Forgo The Chance To Take Meaningful Climate Action

COP23 cop out: The EU leaders forgo the chance to take meaningful climate action

This article was originally published on the City AM website. Last week, a conference known as the Conference of the Parties 23 (COP23) drew to a close in Bonn, Germany. COP23 was the latest UN conference debating how best to deal with the challenges posed by climate change, bringing together thousands of delegates from all around the world. So was this colossal meeting of minds a success from the EU point of view? In a word,…

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17Nov 17

Internship Interview With Robert Onslow

My work experience for Diane James MEP was illuminating regarding both the workings of the EU, but also how the issues discussed in Strasbourg directly affect the UK and Brexit. The EU parliament was sleek, modern and a reflection of the stature of the EU in the modern political climate; enormous in size and complexity. It represents the extravagance of the Parliament, to construct a building of this magnitude and grandeur to only be used…

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15Nov 17

Was Theresa May right to call out Russia’s attempts to influence Western politics?

This article was originally published on the City AM website. YES – Denis MacShane, former minister for Europe and author of Brexit, No Exit: Why (in the End) Britain Won’t Leave Europe. The Prime Minister’s attack on the Kremlin’s interference in the election and referendum processes in western democracies was extraordinary. She used the most important platform – the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in the City, when a Prime Minister is expected to highlight key international policy concerns…

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31Oct 17

We want our money back from the European Investment Bank

This article was originally published on the City AM website. The EU is trying to make it as hard as possible for the UK to leave the bloc. It has been well reported that the exit bill keeps going up and up, and that the rights of EU citizens living here will be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice. But at the same time as demanding that Britain must settle its divorce…

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26Oct 17

I am sick and tired of American failed politicians telling us what to do

I hope you all caught up with American Bloomberg’s latest comment effectively telling the UK that we were effectively nuts to vote Brexit. His comment brought to mind the World War 2 comment ‘Overpaid, oversexed and over here’. This was said supposedly as good humoured banter between US soldiers and UK citizens. Of those 3 adverbs certainly ‘overpaid and over here’ apply to him. But are you, like me, getting seriously fed-up with a bunch…

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