Bashir on a mission to boost trade

Yorkshire MEP Amjad Bashir is on a one-man trade mission to Pakistan this week to explore further the huge opportunities he foresees for boosting commerce once the UK leaves the European Union. The Conservative politician will deliver a series of seminars and lectures to key government and business figures about the possibilities opened up by Brexit, as well as receiving …

Portrait of MEP Amjad Bashir in the EP in Strasbourg

MEPs back Bashir report on Myanmar

MEPs have backed proposals by Amjad Bashir to challenge Myanmar and end the suffering of stateless people. Today the European Parliament’s influential Foreign Affairs Committee voted in favour of a report by the Conservative MEP calling for unified international action to promote the granting of citizenship to the Rohingya people. The vote came just days after Myanmar’s leaders denied the …

Amjad: We always faced talks about talks

Amjad Bashir MEP today said the UK should respond with caution to the publication today of the European Union’s draft guidelines following the triggering of Article 50.   The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber said: “It was always inevitable that this process would start with talks about talks and negotiations about negotiations.   “Mr Tusk is talking about …

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Amjad raises key human rights issues with UN

The plight of victims of political oppression in Kashmir and Myanmar has been raised at high level talks by campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir. Mr Bashir raised the twin cases of abuse during the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber was speaking as part of a delegation from …

Amjad Bashir MEP speaks on air pollution

Air pollution breaches show Leeds is not alone in facing challenges

The European Commission has sent a final warning to five EU countries, including the UK, regarding persistent breaches of nitrogen dioxide in 16 air quality zones. Commissioners raised concerns over high levels of air pollution in cities including Leeds, London, Birmingham, and Glasgow. Yorkshire Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir said: “Pollution comes from economic success. That is why five major European economies are all …

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Amjad challenges Indian Ambassador over Kashmir

Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir issued an impassioned challenge last night to India’s Ambassador to the EU over human rights in Kashmir during a debate in the European Parliament. Mr Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, told Manjeev Singh Puri he hugely admired India for claiming her place on the world stage, but warned that her treatment of the native …

Portrait of MEP Amjad Bashir in the EP in Strasbourg

Court ruling will change little – let’s get on with Brexit

Now the legal challenge Article 50 is settled, all concerned must make sure the UK keeps its Brexit timetable and starts negotiating this spring. That was the verdict of Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir following today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding a decision that only parliament can invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin the two-year Brexit process. Mr Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire …

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Rogers wrong man to negotiate for us

Local MEP Amjad Bashir has welcomed news that Sir Ivan Rogers is resigning as the UK’s ambassador to the EU. Mr Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “Sir Ivan has a long and distinguished career as a diplomat and senior civil servant, but I always felt he was a little too much in tune with the philosophy …

The Drax power station in Selby. Amjad Bashir MEP discusses Drax.

Drax biomass go-ahead welcomed by Amjad

Today’s decision by the European Commission to approve support for the conversion of a unit at Drax Power Station in Yorkshire from coal to biomass has been welcomed by the local Conservative MEP. In January the EC launched a state aid investigation into UK Government plans to support the conversion with a subsidy for every megawatt-hour of biomass energy the …