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Monday, 10 March 2014 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Production and making available on the market of plant reproductive material (plant reproductive material law) (debate)

  John Stuart Agnew, on behalf of the EFD Group. – Mr President, I actually agreed with some of what Sinn Fein had to say (not all of it). That is unusual, isn’t it?

Of course, proper democracy has certain characteristics. Laws should come from Parliament and not from officials. When a Parliament ends, so should its current work. An elected Parliament does not bind its successor as we are seeing an attempt here to do. The Silvestris report illustrates everything that is wrong with so-called EU democracy. Parliament is, of course, right to reject the report. The Commission is trying to introduce major new legislation far too close to the end of this Parliament.

The Commission proposal should be rejected and withdrawn, and these are propositions which we in UKIP would vote for, and that is where the whole thing should stop. But in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of EU institutions, nothing can ever be that simple. Both Lewis Carroll and Franz Kafka would be proud of that extra little phrase: ‘and submit a new oneʼ.

In a real Parliament, of course, that would just not be there; it would be for those elected in May to decide whether or not legislation should come in or not. But in the surreal EU version of democracy, the incoming Parliament is told what to do. Because laws come from the Commission – from bureaucrats – we know it will happen.

My group was refused a split vote; we wanted to say ‘yesʼ to reject the proposal and ‘noʼ to having the thing come back again, but you would not let us do it. So all we can do is abstain on the consolidated vote.

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