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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

3. Possible evolutions of and adjustments to the current institutional set-up of the European Union - Improving the functioning of the European Union building on the potential of the Lisbon Treaty - Budgetary capacity for the Eurozone (debate)
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  Ashley Fox (ECR ). – Mr President, the EU is facing many crises and this report was a great opportunity to change the direction of the EU. So who decided to give it to Guy Verhofstadt, because from that moment we knew that this report would have only one solution? Mr Verhofstadt is very consistent. Whatever the question, the answer is always the same: more Europe. So he calls for the Commission to become Europe’s government, for a new EU Finance Minister to head a new EU Treasury, and for this Parliament to have the power to levy taxes on our citizens. My Group says ‘No’.

Britain did not vote to leave the EU because there was not enough Europe; we voted to leave because the EU does too much. It has already taken too much power from the Member States and has lost touch with its citizens. This report seeks to create a United States of Europe. Instead of listening to the people, it is telling them that Brussels knows best. Instead of extending democracy, it is centralising power. So, rather than strengthening the EU, it undermines it further. With the exception of one paragraph calling for a single seat, this is a dreadful report. The EU has to change, but not like this.

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