Top 10 most influential UK’s MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Despite the outcome of the UK’s Brexit referendum, UK’s MEPs are likely to stay in Brussels until the end of this Parliamentary term. Continue Reading

Survey results: how does Brexit impact on EU initiatives and politicians?

There is a lot of uncertainty about how Brexit will impact on the current EU initiatives and its highest level politicians. Various officials are trying to spin the narrative so that they can leverage Brexit to back their agendas. But will this work? How will Brexit actually influence the commitments to the EU integration of the remaining Member States? How will it affect TTIP negotiations, the REFIT, digital single market, or the relations with Russia and China? Continue Reading

How will the British defend their interests in the EU after Brexit?

by Andrei Goldis and Doru Frantescu

Once Britain will lose its representatives in the European Union institutions, the British stakeholders, both public and private, will have to find new channels of influencing European policy, as the decisions made in Brussels will continue to impact substantially on the British interests. This analysis maps the most likely coalition partners that the UK-based interest groups can work with. Continue Reading

France more likely than Germany to lead the EU Council after Brexit, voting records in the Council show

with special thanks to professor Simon Hix and research assistant Davide Ferrari

After the outcome of the Brexit referendum, many observers wondered how the equilibrium of powers in the EU Council would change. We have looked at the voting dynamics over the last 7 years (over 22.000 votes of EU governments) to understand what is likely to happen after the UK leaves. Continue Reading

Brexit: what consequences for the EU policies after the referendum’s shocking results?

 

A massive political earthquake shook the world this morning, as the majority of UK’s citizens voted in favour of leaving the EU. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the future relations between the UK and the European Union, as well as the possibility of a domino effect in other EU countries and future internal cohesion of the country (considering the tension in Northern Ireland and Scotland). Continue Reading

VoteWatch Europe’s Director, Doru Frantescu, interviewed by CNN on Brexit’s implications for the EU

The global broadcasting company CNN recently listed 5 reasons the EU would miss the UK. Our Director, Doru Peter Frantescu, was invited to share his knowledge about the impact of a Brexit on certain EU policies.

There will be less support for free market and free trade policies in an EU without the UK, Frantescu pointed out during the interview: “With the British representatives out of these bodies, there will be a momentum for those who propose more red tape, more taxation, to promote their agenda on these policies”. Continue Reading

Special report: Would Brexit Matter? The UK’s voting record in the Council and the European Parliament

Brussels, 19 April 2016

For immediate release

New report shows strong impact of a possible Brexit on EU politics

The UK is the most outvoted Member State in the EU Council. However, it has supported more than 97% of the EU laws adopted in the last 12 years, a new report published by VoteWatch Europe shows.

The analysis looked at the role played by the UK’s Government and its MEPs in shaping the EU policy over the past 12 years. Continue Reading

EP debate on Poland could turn into ‘carnage’

VoteWatch Europe quoted in the EU Observer:

15 January 2016

 

The stage is set for “carnage” in the European Parliament on Tuesday (19 January), when the Polish PM, Beata Szydlo, confronts her government’s most outspoken EU critics.

The debate comes after the European Commisson, this week, launched an unprecedented inquiry into Polish costitutional and media reforms.

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Cameron: reforming EU in line with UK’s objectives is not “mission impossible”

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, send a letter to the President of the EU Council, Donald Tusk, in which he expressed his determination to change the way the EU-UK relations look like, saying that this is not “mission impossible”.

His letter addresses three concrete priorities and a more general desire to take out the UK from the commitment to create “an ever closer Union”. Continue Reading

The British Government’s minority report: UK opposes most frequently in EU Council votes, especially on budget, agriculture and foreign policy

As the UK General Elections are getting close and the EU-UK relations are one of the main topics of the electoral campaign, we looked into the decisions of the Council to see, factually, what exactly divides the UK and the other Member States and to what extent this impacts on EU policy making. Continue Reading