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Thursday, 4 April 2019 - Brussels Provisional edition

Listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement, as regards the UK's withdrawal from the EU (A8-0047/2019 - Sergei Stanishev) (vote)

  Ashley Fox (ECR). – Mr President, I rise under Rule 190(4) of our Rules of Procedure to ask that the Stanishev matter be deferred to the next part-session so that we can have a full debate. I make this request for two reasons. The first is that the report describes Gibraltar as a colony. It is not. It is a self-governing British overseas territory. The people of Gibraltar have full autonomy. They are British by choice.

The second reason is procedural. The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) agreed the rapporteur’s mandate by 59 votes to zero, and Claude Moraes negotiated according to that mandate. He was then removed in a closed meeting because the Spanish Government did not agree with the mandate that LIBE gave him. His removal was an outrageous abuse of procedure. It is one thing for the Spanish Government to persuade the Council of their views. It is quite another for them to subvert the rules of this place. We need a debate to expose Spain’s corrupt influence on this file.

(Applause from certain quarters)

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