7th April 2014: Today at the European Parliament in Brussels, Andrew Brons made the following contribution to a debate in the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) on whether the European Parliament's vote on the removal of MEPs' immunities should be public or kept anonymous.
"The vote in the Legal Affairs Committee follows a debate at which arguments and evidence are considered. However, when the vote takes place in the plenary, there is a vote but no preceding debate, so no evidence or arguments are heard. Either the committee should decide, without the plenary having to affirm that decision or there ought to be a debate in the plenary, before the vote is taken.
"To have a vote without a debate is almost enticing members to take the decision on the basis of pre-judgements".