Image of Jean Claude Juncker. AMjad Bashir discusses the EU.

Blog from Brussels: Juncker’s state of the Union speech

I sat in the European Parliament chamber yesterday as Jean Claude Juncker delivered his so-called State of the Union speech. It left me shocked and relieved in equal measure. Shocked at the scale and speed at which they plan to plough ahead towards a European Superstate. Relieved that Britain is leaving and will not have to be part of a …

Amjad: We’ll take no lectures from Brussels on workers’ rights

Stoking up fears of an erosion of workers’ rights after Brexit is misleading and mischievous, Amjad Bashir MEP warned today. Mr Bashir spoke out after he and other members of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee heard Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, the parliament’s co-ordinator on Brexit, offer his take on the consequences of Britain leaving the EU. The …

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 …

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 …

Amjad Bashir MEP at the EP

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 …

Amjad: Brexit “negotiatior” announcement must be challenged

An attempt to declare Belgian federalist Guy Verhofstadt as the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator should be challenged and put to all 751 MEPs, a Yorkshire and Humber MEP said today. Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir spoke out after the parliament’s President Martin Schulz today tried to appoint the leader of the fourth largest group in the parliament as the institution’s sole …

MEP Amjad Bashir in the EP in Strasbourg

Amjad: Funding guarantee from Treasury vindicates Brexit vote

Yorkshire and Humber MEP Amjad Bashir has welcomed news that EU funding for farmers, scientists and other projects will be replaced by the Treasury in the period immediately after Brexit. The Conservative MEP, who campaigned for a Leave vote in the EU referendum, spoke out after Chancellor Philip Hammond said the Treasury would guarantee to back EU-funded projects signed before this …

Portrait of MEP Amjad Bashir in the EP in Strasbourg

Amjad: Chinese investment shows we will prosper outside EU

A massive £1 billion investment in South Yorkshire is proof that Britain will boom outside the EU, according to a prominent Leave campaigner. Amjad Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, today welcomed the investment from China which will fund key regeneration projects in Sheffield. He said:  “EU funding is not the only game in town, despite the scare …

Image of Jean Claude Juncker. AMjad Bashir discusses the EU.

Amjad slams costly farce of EU super-hero film

Eurosceptic MEP Amjad Bashir has condemned a bizarre EU video depicting leading Brussels officials as superheroes. The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber said the two minute animation, produced and posted online by the European Parliament’s authorities was “a farcical waste of cash”. It shows a range of EU figures, including European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Commission President …