Tuesday, 10 September 2019 12:22


SNP Members of the European Parliament have called on the UK Government to nominate a Commissioner as the proposed new College of Commissioners is announced.

Leaving a vacancy in the week that the UK parliament has been shut down would simply reaffirm that Westminster democracy is broken, the MEPs have said.
The SNP is calling for the UK’s nominee to be a woman to ensure a gender balanced Commission – with current nominations from member states so far resulting in 13 women and 14 men.
The UK has a right to a Commissioner while it remains a member of the EU, and failing to nominate would yield huge influence in Brussels at a crucial time.
Alyn Smith MEP, said: 
“With the UK Government shutting down Westminster, its refusal to appoint a Commissioner highlights another avenue of representation closed off at a critical time.  
“Leaving a vacancy would simply reaffirm that Westminster is broken, and working in no-one’s interests.
“While the EU is moving forward with progressive, gender balanced representation, a Westminster Tory Government with no mandate or majority is dragging us backwards - subverting democracy by silencing debate at Westminster and ensuring our voice isn’t heard at the EU Commission either.
“The SNP will make a final decision on whether to support this Commission after the hearings are complete, but the gender-balanced makeup of the proposed list is a welcome step and builds on progress made by the SNP in government.
“The UK Government must now step up and fulfil its responsibilities to nominate a Commissioner as an act of good faith in respect of the smooth running of EU institutions.  A female candidate would be the obvious choice.”

1)   President Von der Leyen has given agreement to the draft list of Commissioners-designate - https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-5537_en.htm
2)   Barnier - UK right to a Commissioner - https://www.politico.eu/article/barnier-uk-has-the-right-to-an-eu-commissioner/

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