Week Ahead Media Briefing - Vicky Ford MEP - Monday 27th March
MEPs will meet in Brussels this week for committee and group meetings.
The Prime Minister is expected to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday. On Thursday, a resolution regarding Brexit will be tabled in the European Parliament to be voted the following week. In the past few weeks Vicky has met the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis; the European Commission's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier; and Guy Verhofstadt MEP, who is coordinating the European Parliament's resolution.
Vicky has been pressing for the Parliament resolution to include as much as possible of the detailed work done by the Parliament specialist Committees which has been coordinated and approved across a broad majority of political groups. She says "There is a huge amount of work to be done in the months ahead if we are to achieve an amicable separation from the EU and also give certainty to businesses and consumers, both in the UK and in the EU about the long term economic relationship. I believe that the majority of politicians across Europe want to achieve a positive and forward looking deal like that which the Prime Minster outlined in January, however some will seek to cause disruptions for their own political gains. It is important not to get distracted by those drama makers."
In Brussels, along some of her Conservative colleagues, Vicky will meet with members of the UK Enterprise Forum, with representatives ranging from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation; Federation of Small Businesses, Food and Drink Federation, British Chamber of Commerce, British Retail Consortium, Energy UK, ABI, Water UK, the Law Society, techUK and many leading British businesses to discuss the concerns and priorities.
On Tuesday Vicky, along with her colleagues from the Digital Agenda Intergroup, will host their midterm event to discuss the state of play of the Digital Single Market and the current priorities for the tech sector.
On Thursday, in the UK, Vicky will visit a leading East Anglian Farm to discuss mitigating potential impacts of Brexit.
My Political Priorities
Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.
I support Science and Research which is key to delivering better medical care, healthy food as well as the Innovation and Creative Industries which bring improved lifestyles for all our families.
Strong home Security is vital in today's uncertain world, which requires robust policing and defence and deep international relationships that we can depend on. I work with others to achieve this.
I care about the Countryside and the Environment and making sure that rural and urban communities flourish.