European Parliament supports greater role for national parliaments

The European Parliament has voted in favour of British led proposals calling for an increased role for national parliaments in EU law making.


The Report which has been drafted by Conservative Legal Affairs spokesman, Sajjad Karim MEP, calls for the EU to engage more with national parliaments throughout the legislative process. It also advocates introducing extra checks to ensure that the EU only legislates on issues when it can deliver better outcomes than Member States acting individually.


Richard Ashworth, Conservative MEP for South East England, welcomed the result of the vote stating: “National parliaments offer extensive expertise and knowledge therefore the Commission should collaborate more closely with them.”


“It is vital that there is a thorough assessment of whether action at EU level is more appropriate than national or regional initiatives. This important proposal is evidence of the UK once again using its influence within Europe to deliver real reform.”