Martin Horwood MEP dissects Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

Early votes have been taking place in the European Parliament on Boris’s Brexit deal. They suggest it will be passed when the full Parliament votes tomorrow. But I’m finding more and more reasons to vote against it.

Early votes have been taking place in the European Parliament on Boris’s Brexit deal. They suggest it will be passed when the full Parliament votes tomorrow. But I’m finding more and more reasons to vote against it.

Martin Horwood MEP questions Saudi minister on human rights in the European Parliament

Last week in Brussels at my last European Parliament foreign affairs committee I grilled a Saudi minister who bravely attended – an opportunity I never got as a Westminster MP

Last week in Brussels at my last European Parliament foreign affairs committee I grilled a Saudi minister who bravely attended on their human rights record – an opportunity I never got as a Westminster MP.

Martin Horwood MEP speaks out on citizens’ rights post-Brexit

I had the chance to speak up for citizens’ rights in ⁦the European Parliament⁩ this week. I paid tribute to ⁦Guy Verhofstadt⁩ for his focus on EU27 citizens’ rights in the UK & the rights of Brits in the EU.

Plus a surprising model for EU associate individual citizenship…

Find below a copy of my response to constituents who have contacted me about the possibility of associate European citizens’ rights:

I, too, am heartbroken at the prospect of the UK’s imminent departure from the EU. I share your desire to find a solution to allow UK citizens to retain their EU citizenship on an individual basis, and fully support associate EU citizenship as a possible course of action. 

Liberal Democrat MEPs sit with the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament. I have actively lobbied my Renew colleague, Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Chair of the Brexit Steering Group, in person to keep pushing the European Commission and European Council to grant associate citizenship for UK nationals after Brexit. 

As the Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator, Guy is also responsible for drawing up a recommendation for Parliament on whether to approve or reject the Withdrawal Agreement. MEPs from all groups in Parliament are currently negotiating a motion for a resolution that sets out the conditions that need to be met for Parliament to approve the Withdrawal Agreement.

Section 20 of the motion offers an opportunity to pave the way for future discussions on associate citizenship for UK citizens, which I lobbied Guy to include. The motion was still being negotiated between all the groups last week and, of course, we have to be realistic about the chances of the EU and its remaining Member States agreeing to this. But I will continue to fight hard for associate citizenship, and we asked Guy for this section to be strengthened even further if it is possible to do so. The motion for a resolution will be put to a vote in the full European Parliament this Wednesday.

Since being elected on 23 May, all 16 Liberal Democrat MEPs have worked tirelessly with MEP colleagues from Renew Europe to highlight the damage Brexit will do to the UK and to our relationship with Europe. We will continue to push for associate citizenship with the EU and will vote for it at every opportunity. We will also press for the closest possible relationship between the UK and the EU after Brexit to ensure UK citizens’ rights in the EU27 and EU27 citizens’ rights in the UK are protected.

Please rest assured that I feel as strongly as you do about this issue and am equally devastated by what happened in December. I will continue to fight and stand up for the interests of those who voted and campaigned to remain in the EU. If there is anything at all in my power to change the outcome, I will find it.

Thank you again for getting in touch.

Best regards

Martin Horwood MEP

Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for the South West of England & Gibraltar


Defending our democracy

Our British and European democracy needs to be protected from covert foreign interference and while the ISC Russia Report remains locked in Boris Johnson’s desk, the European Parliament was still at work last week for Lib Dem MEPs to ring the alarm bell.

Our British and European democracy needs to be protected from covert foreign interference and while the ISC Russia Report remains locked in Boris Johnson’s desk, the European Parliament was still at work last week for Lib Dem MEPs to ring the alarm bell.

MEPs taking on the fight for citizens rights post-Brexit

Westminster MPs may have ceased to exist for now but MEPs are still hard at work defending the rights of Brits abroad and fellow Europeans who have made their careers, homes and families in the UK.

Westminster MPs may have ceased to exist for now but MEPs are still hard at work defending the rights of Brits abroad and fellow Europeans who have made their careers, homes and families in the UK.

Of course, we wouldn’t have to worry about this if we just stop Brexit! Those rights would be guaranteed.

Let’s get back to the things that really matter – from health and social care to tackling the climate crisis.

The Solomon Islands and the case for stopping Brexit.

Find out why one trade agreement with the Solomon Islands is taking us closer to tackling the climate emergency – and why that means we need to stop Brexit.

Westminster MPs recessed, then prorogued, now dissolved altogether. Don’t worry, your Members of the European Parliament are still hard at work!

Find out why one trade agreement with the Solomon Islands is taking us closer to tackling the climate emergency – and why that means we need to stop Brexit.

Science Matters

Science matters, so I visited the Royal Society to get a better understanding of the impact Brexit is already having on UK science and the impact actually leaving might have.

The best deal for the future of British science is the one we already have. We must stop Brexit to safeguard the future of British science.

Martin Horwood MEP speaks out against Turkish President Erdoğan’s invasion of northern Syria

I recently voted and spoke out against Turkish President Erdoğan’s invasion of northern Syria in the European Parliament.

I recently voted and spoke out against Turkish President Erdoğan’s invasion of northern Syria in the European Parliament.

As we reflect on the latest news from the Turkey/Syria border it has never been more important for all EU 28 countries, including the UK, to speak with one strong voice on foreign policy whenever we can.

Coffee with Caroline & Martin: What’s next for Brexit

Caroline Voaden and I met up for coffee and a chat this week to get our heads around the recent dramatic Withdrawal Agreement Bill vote in Westminster, and what happens next here in the European Parliament.