UK MEPs warned not to ‘sit on your hands’ until Brexit Day
26 June 2019
The international development charity Traidcraft Exchange has warned UK MEPs against doing nothing for the next 4 months in the run up to Britain’s scheduled departure from the European Union.
Timed to coincide with the new session of the European Parliament, beginning on 2nd July, Traidcraft Exchange is launching a new campaign to ensure UK MEPs make a positive difference while they are there.
‘Don’t sit on your hands’ encourages members of the public to contact their MEPs and ask them to commit to 4 specific actions to promote fairer trade in the 4 months they are due to serve.
UK MEPs are set to each earn nearly £6,000 a month – and will have amassed nearly £24,000 by Brexit Day. Collectively they will have been paid nearly £2 million pounds by the date on which the UK is scheduled to leave the EU: 31 October 2019.
“However people voted in the referendum they will expect politicians to turn up for work and do the job they are being paid for,” said Tom Wills, Policy Adviser at Traidcraft Exchange.
“It’s likely that they will have just 4 months left in the job so it’s imperative that UK MEPs take up every opportunity to push for fairer trade,” added Tom Wills.
UK MEPs will be asked to:
Join the fair trade movement.
Get up to speed with what Brexit could mean for trade policy.
Speak out against unfair trade and investment rules.
Sign the pledge on business and human rights.
For more information please contact Tom Sharman: email@example.com or +44 (0)191 497 6443 or +44 (0)7757 753 318
Notes for editors:
Traidcraft Exchange is an international development charity which uses the power of trade to bring about lasting solutions to poverty. It runs development programmes in South Asia and Africa, works directly with businesses to improve their supply chains, and does advocacy and campaigning in the UK to promote justice and fairness in international trade. It works closely with specialist fair trade company Traidcraft plc. Traidcraft Exchange is a registered charity, no. 1048752: https://www.traidcraft.org.uk/
‘Don’t sit on your hands’ is a new Traidcraft Exchange campaign and can be found here: https://action.traidcraft.org.uk/meps
UK MEPs can each expect to be paid £5,919.37 after EU tax and insurance contributions according to BBC News Fact Check: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48037162
The new European Parliament will start on 2nd July 2019: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/elections-press-kit/0/key-dates-ahead