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NFDA in Brussels to meet UK and Irish Members of the European ParliamentBack

The NFDA in Brussels to meet UK and Irish Members of the European Parliament to present dealers’ Brexit concerns and priorities as negotiations turn to transition and future relationship.

On Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 January, NFDA Director Sue Robinson and NFDA’s retailed competition lawyer from TLT, Miles Trower met UK, NI and Irish MEPs from across the political spectrum at the European Parliament in Brussels. The MEPs met included conservative spokesperson for SMEs MEP Amjad Bashir (Yorkshire and the Humber), Daniel Dalton the leading auto sector MEP and chief whip for the Conservatives in the European Parliament, a senior political advisor to the Irish Vice President of the European Parliament and highly-engaged MEPs from Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling (NE England) and Wajid Khan (NW England) who took to Twitter (see here and here) to show their support for NFDA following the meetings.

The NFDA briefed the Conservative, Labour, LibDem, Sinn Fein (NI) and Fine Gael (IE) MEPs on why automotive retail is such an important sector to the UK economy, its role as an employment and apprenticeship champion and – most urgently – what the sector and dealers concerns and recommendations are for the Brexit negotiations as they enter into phase focussing on the future UK-EU relationship. MEPs welcomed the NFDA’s input and will be conveying our concrete evidence, recommendations and positions into the negotiations and key political discussions, whether in Westminster, Brussels or to MEPs from other EU Member States.

Importantly, the NFDA secured ongoing commitments from the politicians, with all MEPs jumping at the chance to engage further with the NFDA and its members at a local level by visiting a dealer in their constituency as part of the NFDA’s Parliamentary engagement programme. The NFDA will be coordinating these visits as a priority and counts on members to help reinforce our strong messages to and relationship with the MEPs as we continue to promote our interest in the Brexit negotiations.

Full list of MEPs met:

  • MEP Martina Anderson (GUE (Sinn Fein) –  Northern Ireland)
  • MEP Jude Kirton-Darling (S&D (Labour), UK – NE England)
  • MEP Wajid Khan (S&D (Labour), UK – NW England)
  • MEP Rory Palmer (S&D (Labour), UK – East Midlands)
  • MEP Amjad Bashir (ECR (Conservative), UK – Yorkshire and the Humber) [Conservative spokesperson for SMEs]
  • MEP Rupert Matthews MEP (ECR (Conservative), UK – East Midlands)
  • MEP Daniel Dalton (ECR (Conservative), UK – West Midlands)
  • MEP Clare Moody (S&D (Labour), UK – South West England)
  • MEP John Procter (ECR (Conservative), UK – Yorkshire and the Humber) [Conservative Culture and Education spokesperson and deputy chief whip in the EP]
  • Senior Political advisor to MEP Mairead McGuiness (EPP (Fine Gael), Ireland – Vice President of the European Parliament)
  • MEP Catherine Bearder (ALDE (LibDem), UK – SE England)


Posted by Sue Robinson on 02/02/2018