11th March 2014: Yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution, to a debate held in the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) on the Casini Report on relations between the European Parliament and national parliaments.
"It might be tempting for those, like me, who are anything but enthusiastic about the EU to abstain from these votes or absent oneself from a debate such as this.
"However, I am a pragmatist and I understand my mandate well enough to know that my 2009 voters would prefer to see a less-integrated EU than a more integrated one.
"They would prefer to have more powers retained by member states than fewer powers retained - more subsidiarity rather than less subsidiarity.
"They would prefer the role and status of national parliaments not to be eclipsed by the European Parliament.
"They would prefer to see less centralised economic governance than more.
"They would prefer a pragmatic and incremental approach rather than an absolutist zero-sum approach.
"I shall vote accordingly."