Glyphosate European Parliament debate

Richard Ashworth (ECR). Mr President, this House has a duty to ensure that public food is safe and that the environment is responsibly managed, and we must take those responsibilities very seriously indeed. But on the other hand, we must also ensure that decisions we make are strictly proportionate to risk, not to hazard, and we must be aware of the consequences of those decisions.


In the case of glyphosate – a product which is endorsed by the Food Standards Agency as safe and for which there is no immediate substitute – for the industry to achieve the same effects, it would have to revert to more traditional mechanical operations. I could not disagree more with some of the comments which were made earlier about mechanical operations. We would have to revert to greater use of other agrochemicals and, in consequence, we would add considerably to the costs of an industry that is already under great difficulty. This House must be guided by the facts and common sense, not emotion. I urge the Commission to renew approval.

EU students boost jobs and growth in the South East

EU students at universities in the South East of England generate £420m for the region’s economy and directly support 4,021 jobs, according to new analysis from Universities UK.

The study analysed the economic impact of EU students across all regions and nations of the UK. Currently, there are around 125,000 students from other EU countries studying at UK universities, representing 5% of the total UK student population. The top 5 EU countries sending students to the UK are: Germany (13,675 students), France (11,955), Ireland (10,905), Italy (10,525) and Greece (10,130).


Across the UK, EU students at UK universities generate a total of £3.7bn for the UK economy and support over 34,000 jobs.


Richard Ashworth, Conservative MEP for South East England, welcomed the findings stating: “These figures are an important reminder of the positive impact EU students have on our economy in the South East. Not only do EU students make valuable cultural contributions to local communities, they also spend money and create jobs across our region.”


“Leaving the EU would make it harder for European students and researchers to come to the UK and thus restrict our own prosperity unnecessarily. We would be shooting ourselves in the foot as European academics will choose to go elsewhere, strengthening our competitors and weakening the South East’s universities and economy as a whole.”