Friday, 16 December 2016

European Parliament narrowly fails to adopt more openness

VoteWatch Europe reports: The votes for electing the President of the European Commission will remain secret.

 – MEPs rejected more transparency on the election of the President of the Commission. An amendment tabled by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs proposed to replace the secret vote with one by roll-call (which means recording how each MEP voted). While a simple majority of MEPs supported this proposal, this was not enough for it to pass, as a qualified majority (376) was needed: 364 MEPs voted in favour of the amendment, whereas 316 voted for the status quo;

All the Welsh MEPs (including Nathan Gill - for once UKIP supported a move to improve things in the EU) voted in favour of the amendment, apart from Labour's Derek Vaughan. Why should UK Labour support continued secrecy?

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