East Midlands MEPs have their say on EU referendum

The five politicians representing Lincolnshire and the East Midlands in the European Parliament have outlined their reasons for leaving or remaining in the European Union.

In exclusive columns for The Lincolnite, Roger Helmer (UKIP), Andrew Lewer (Conservative), Emma McClarkin (Conservative), Margot Parker (UKIP), and Glenis Willmott (Labour) discuss their work in the European Parliament and how they intend to vote on June 23.

Both the Conservative and UKIP MEPs for the region back leaving the EU, with only Glenis Willmott arguing that the UK should remain a member of the organisation.

Here are some of the highlights from each of their columns:

Roger Helmer

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, Roger Helmer

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, Roger Helmer

Brexit: It’s not about “isolation”, or “pulling up the drawbridge”. It’s about facing outward to the world, rather than inward to a self-referential, protectionist and dysfunctional EU.

Andrew Lewer

Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, Andrew Lewer

Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, Andrew Lewer

The EU is not willing or capable of delivering the change we need. None of us can predict what staying in or coming out will mean.

What I do know is that I want the UK to control its destiny rather than take a chance that the EU will listen, change and deliver what Europe needs.

Emma McClarkin

Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, Emma McClarkin

Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, Emma McClarkin

Should we chose to remain we are joined to an EU whose sole aim is to create a federalist United States of Europe. An EU that look inwards on itself and not outwards to the rest of the world.

Margot Parker

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, Margot Parker

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, Margot Parker

I have spent many years of my life travelling Europe professionally and for pleasure. There is so much to enjoy and admire.

The EU is not one of those things.

Glenis Willmott

Labour MEP for the East Midlands, Glenis Willmott

Labour MEP for the East Midlands, Glenis Willmott

Britain’s EU membership supports jobs, investment and growth, helps keep us safe, provides protection for consumers and defends the rights of millions of workers.


Read the columns for each of the MEPs in full here:

Roger Helmer

Andrew Lewer

Emma McClarkin

Margot Parker

Glenis Willmott


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