Bill ETHERIDGE : Written explanations of vote 

Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 183

Structural and financial barriers in the access to culture (A8-0169/2018 - Bogdan Andrzej Zdrojewski)  
 

UKIP voted against this non-legislative, non-binding report regarding accessibility to cultural services. Although there are some pertinent points, it is not for the EU to interfere with national tax policies, dictate how much national governments should contribute or invest in cultural services, nor how they should form policy in this area. Furthermore, we oppose calls for increased investment at the expense of the taxpayer; this is for the sole discretion of national governments.

Proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions (A8-0395/2017 - Andreas Schwab)  
 

UKIP MEPs voted against this legislative first reading report. We believe that it should be left to Member States to regulate professions, and that it is not the task of the Commission to set a proportionality test. UKIP tabled a rejection amendment to this report, which we voted in favour of, as we believe this legislation should not go ahead.

Use of vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road (A8-0193/2018 - Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar)  
 

– UKIP voted against this report. It is looking at removing restrictions that Member States have the right to impose. These restrictions include such things as the use of hired goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight above six tonnes and restricting the use of a vehicle which has been hired in a Member State different from the one where the vehicle is.

Decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations: Enforcement requirements and specific rules for posting drivers in the road transport sector (A8-0206/2018 - Merja Kyllönen)  
 

UKIP voted against. This first reading vote was requesting that the report go straight into interinstitutional negotiations, this means that there will be closed-door negotiations, therefore doing away with transparency.

Decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations: Amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 as regards on minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs (A8-0205/2018 - Wim van de Camp)  
 

UKIP voted against. This first reading vote was requesting that the report go straight into interinstitutional negotiations, this means that there will be closed-door negotiations, therefore doing away with transparency.

Decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations Amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 and Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 with a view to adapting them to developments in the sector (A8-0204/2018 - Ismail Ertug)  
 

UKIP voted against. This first reading vote was requesting that the report go straight into interinstitutional negotiations, this means that there will be closed-door negotiations, therefore doing away with transparency.

Objection to Commission delegated regulation amending delegated regulation (EU) 2017/118 establishing fisheries conservation measures for the protection of the marine environment in the North Sea (B8-0299/2018)  
 

We supported this objection to the delegated regulation because we oppose the Common Fisheries Policy and the incorporation of the UK in its North Sea plan, especially as we are scheduled to leave the EU.

Georgian occupied territories ten years after the Russian invasion (RC-B8-0275/2018, B8-0275/2018, B8-0276/2018, B8-0277/2018, B8-0278/2018, B8-0279/2018, B8-0285/2018)  
 

UKIP abstained on this non-legislative resolution. We do not support the development of an EU foreign policy. Unresolved and frozen conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus are a concern, but we do not think that EU policy or action should or does play any constructive role in resolving these issues. Mediation is a concern for the parties involved supported by more appropriate international regimes.

Negotiations for a new EU-ACP Partnership Agreement (B8-0274/2018)  
 

UKIP MEPs have voted against this non-legislative motion for resolution. UKIP firmly opposes the current EU-ACP Partnership Agreement, as it is based on the principle of conditionality, which is, in essence, the EU politicising its trade policy with third countries. UKIP believe that the best way to aid developing nations is via improved trade relations, whereas the EU’s insistence on pursuing a trade policy based on conditionality hinders not only the development of these nations, but also consumers in Europe.

Monitoring the application of EU law 2016 (A8-0197/2018 - Kostas Chrysogonos)  
 

UKIP voted against. This report is calling for such things as giving the Parliament basic control over major decisions affecting the EU, Member States and its people, with such decisions to include national budgets and reforms, these issues should remain the sole responsibility of the Member State. The report also goes on to mention its concern over the fact that fiscal measures, such as reductions in national expenditure, have not had the desired effect. This we totally disagree with.

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