Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

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The proposed takeover of Punch Taverns by Heineken is due to be investigated by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following a letter that I sent calling for a thorough investigation.

Competition Authorities to Investigate Punch Taverns Takeover

The proposed takeover of Punch Taverns by Heineken is due to be investigated by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following a letter that I sent calling for a... Read more

 

 

Yesterday, MEPs spent three hours debating Brexit and then voted on a resolution which set out the Parliament’s overall principles for the negotiations between the EU and the UK. 

Extremist MEPs don’t speak for the South East on Brexit

    Yesterday, MEPs spent three hours debating Brexit and then voted on a resolution which set out the Parliament’s overall principles for the negotiations between the EU and the... Read more

 

Tourism is big business in the UK. We are the eighth largest international tourism destination in the world, with tourism providing one-eleventh of the UK’s GDP, and many tourist attractions are peppered throughout England’s cities, towns and villages. This is true especially true of the South East of England. One of the great pleasures of being a Labour representative for the South East of England in the European Parliament is having the ability to travel the length and breadth of a region with a rich cultural, historical and literary heritage.

The majority of in-bound holidaymakers to England – 63%- are from member states of the European Union. Outside of the USA, tourists most likely to visit England hailed from Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Statistics from the Tourism Alliance reveal that outside of London, more money is spent on day trips to the South East of England than any other region in Britain, and overall, excluding London, more money comes into the South East of England from tourism than any other region in England.

Tourism provides huge numbers of jobs. Outside of London, more employment from tourism happens in the South East of England than any other region in Britain, creating over 225,000 jobs, not including those connected with holiday travel.

However, with the invocation of Article 50 on Wednesday of this week, it is important to ensure that the reputation of England as a tourist destination is not threatened by Brexit.

Following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the value of the pound crashed.
This was expected by many to lead to a huge boost in Britain’s tourism figures, with European tourists being able to get more pounds for their Euros. However, this did not happen, and whilst statistics suggest that there was a 3% boost in English tourism, this was as previously predicted by ONS growth estimates.

We must also make sure that popular modes of transport for holidaymakers stay accessible.  It is perhaps not a coincidence that the South East of England’s high tourism figures can in part be attributed to the easy transport links offered by the UK’s biggest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. Following the recent warnings to UK-based airlines by EU officials that they may have to relocate their headquarters to an EU member state, or face selling shares of their company to EU nationals in order to stop routes around continental Europe after Brexit, this is all the more pertinent. Last year, over 75.7 million passengers passed through Heathrow, with 51% of those passengers arriving in the UK.

We must also ensure continued traffic on ferry routes between Dover and Calais, and Portsmouth, St Malo and Cherbourg- especially given worrying signs that France may alter its approach to immigration controls following the Brexit vote. And we need to avoid any additional bureaucracy being imposed for cruise travellers, with Southampton constituting Europe’s leading turnaround cruise port.

This English Tourism Week, we must do all we can to ensure we keep these gateways to the South East open, and our local tourist industry thriving.

English Tourism Week

  Tourism is big business in the UK. We are the eighth largest international tourism destination in the world, with tourism providing one-eleventh of the UK’s GDP, and many tourist...

After the drama of Article 50, the detail of the Great Repeal Bill.  Just 24 hours after our ambassador had handed over the letter stating that the UK will be leaving the EU, the government published a white paper setting out how that will work in practice.

The Great Repeal Bill: more questions than answers?

After the drama of Article 50, the detail of the Great Repeal Bill.  Just 24 hours after our ambassador had handed over the letter stating that the UK will be... Read more

In April 2015, a month before the General Election, the Conservative party published its manifesto.  Contained within it was the unambiguous promise: “we will not raise VAT, National Insurance Contributions or income tax” (it’s on page 3).  Whether or not you take issue with the idea that sometimes tax changes need to be made in order to increase fairness or (heaven forbid) pay for better public services, it’s hard to deny the clarity of the message.

If the Tories can’t keep their manifesto promises, what hope for Brexit?

In April 2015, a month before the General Election, the Conservative party published its manifesto.  Contained within it was the unambiguous promise: “we will not raise VAT, National Insurance Contributions... Read more

 

Anneliese Dodds MEP is hosting a discussion on European politics following Brexit.

Focusing on ‘British and German politics following Brexit,’ Anneliese will be joined by Jo Leinen MEP and Jakob von Weizsacker MEP, both MEPs for Germany.

The event will be held in East Oxford Community Centre, and will begin at 3:30pm on Friday, 10th of March. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Anneliese Dodds MEP stated ‘The Prime Minister only has 23 days until her self-imposed deadline to trigger article 50. Britain, and her government, are ill-prepared for negotiations, with her Brexit bill stuck ping-ponging between the Houses of Parliament. She has provided meagre assurances that she intends to protect the rights of EU nationals to live and work within Britain, and little to no indication of UK’s aims of negotiation.

As such, relations between the UK and the other countries in the European Union look set to remain uncertain and uneasy. Now, more than ever, it is especially crucial to maintain an open dialogue between the UK and citizens of European economic powerhouses, like Germany, to implement a Brexit that works for everyone.

I am very much looking forward to an interesting discussion between UK MEPs and German MEPs, and look forward to seeing you there.’

Anneliese hosts discussion with German MEPs

  Anneliese Dodds MEP is hosting a discussion on European politics following Brexit. Focusing on ‘British and German politics following Brexit,’ Anneliese will be joined by Jo Leinen MEP and...

 

Earlier this week I received a reply from the European Commissioner for Competition to a letter that I sent the week before. In my letter, I expressed my concerns about the allocation of prize money in Formula One and its wider impact on the competitiveness of the sport following the recent collapse of Manor Racing, which is based in my constituency. Currently, bigger teams are guaranteed prize money, regardless of where they end up in any race, whilst smaller teams do not benefit from this guaranteed payout.

I also inquired as to why the Commission did not rule on the sale of Formula One to Liberty Media. The motor sport industry is an important employer in the South East of England, and recent local developments, including some smaller teams experiencing severe financial difficulties, have suggested to me the need for more scrutiny of whether the sport is still truly competitive. 

Reply from the European Commission to my letter on Formula 1

  Earlier this week I received a reply from the European Commissioner for Competition to a letter that I sent the week before. In my letter, I expressed my concerns... Read more

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The Conservatives’ conversion to industrial policy: Plasticene, not Damascene

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On Tuesday of last week The Times reported on my concerns about Formula 1 racing (‘F1 facing investigation into “anti-competitive behaviour”’, 14 February).  This seems to have prompted the sport’s regulator, the FIA, to issue a press release in which they seek to rebut comments which they describe as “inaccurately informed or made maliciously”. 

Open Letter to the FIA

On Tuesday of last week The Times reported on my concerns about Formula 1 racing (‘F1 facing investigation into “anti-competitive behaviour”’, 14 February).  This seems to have prompted the sport’s... Read more

I was recently privileged to join members of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the UK to gather evidence for our investigatory Committee into the Panama Papers scandal. The idea behind the visit was to meet with significant figures and organisations involved in fighting tax avoidance and evasion, and money laundering, to see the strengths and faults in current efforts.

If the Government is serious about fighting tax avoidance, turning up would be a start

I was recently privileged to join members of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the UK to gather evidence for our investigatory Committee into the Panama Papers scandal. The idea behind... Read more

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