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Andrew's last speech in the Constitutional Affairs Committee Featured

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.

Andrew said;

"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".

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