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John Baron MP: Treasury figures show EU costs households £4,600 each year

April 29, 2016
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MP says only leaving EU will free SMEs from red tape Recently released Treasury research shows that EU regulations cost the economy £125.2 billion each year. This is the equivalent of £4,600 per household, or £23,236 per company. The cost of business regulation, especially to SMEs, has long been a concern, but even pro-EU...
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John Baron MP presses Foreign Secretary on Libya

April 19, 2016
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MP asks what lessons have been learnt Today in the House of Commons, the Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, made a statement on Libya following his recent visit to the country. He relayed the potential for progress in this war-torn country. John was the only Conservative MP to vote against the UK’s...
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John Baron MP: EU payments must cease, not increase

March 17, 2016
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MP says leaving EU would make Britain better off Our Brussels bill continues to increase – over the next five years Britain is set to pay another £96.5 billion, or £371 million each week. Despite cuts in the overall EU Budget – in the sense that increases are smaller than they otherwise would have...
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John Baron MP: PM’s renegotiation deal ‘not binding’

March 16, 2016
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MP says this is one of many reasons for backing Brexit Research from the House of Commons Library suggests that the renegotiation agreement secured by the Prime Minister may not be legally binding and irreversible. The research states that the agreement ‘is not a binding EU treaty or EU law in itself’, and that...
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John Baron MP: EU not good for British science

March 15, 2016
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MP says Brexit could unshackle scientists Last week a number of scientists wrote in support of our EU membership. However, Britain’s net contribution to the EU is around £10bn each year – four times the UK’s science budget. Leaving the EU would enable Britain not only to match science funding, but also to increase...
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John Baron MP: Obama is right over Libya

March 11, 2016
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MP again describes Libya as a shambles The Atlantic recently published an interview with President Obama, in which he was critical of European Governments, Britain and France in particular, over the Libyan intervention and the lack of subsequent political engagement. Since the intervention in 2011, fighting in Libya has continued, with rival governments establishing...
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John Baron MP highlights BSE’s admission that wages would rise in case of Brexit

March 11, 2016
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MP says fairer immigration system only possible if we leave the EU Appearing before the Treasury Select Committee on 2nd March, the Chairman of Britain Stronger in Europe (BSE), which is campaigning to remain in the EU, admitted that wages would rise if Britain opted to leave the EU. Lord Rose admitted that if...
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John Baron MP calls for increased FCO funding during Commons debate

March 1, 2016
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MP highlights importance of a well-funded diplomatic service Today in the House of Commons, MPs held a debate following the Foreign Affairs Committee’s (FAC) report on the Government’s Spending Review. The FAC called for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) budget to be protected in real terms, if not increased. The Government has done...
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John Baron MP questions Prime Minister on EU ‘red card’ backfiring

February 22, 2016
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MP says referendum choice for voters is very clear Today in the House of Commons the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, gave a statement following the European Council meeting last week. At the meeting, the Prime Minister agreed Britain’s new relationship with the heads of government of the other 27 EU countries....
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John Baron MP takes Prime Minister’s advice and organises Parliamentary debate tomorrow on sovereignty

February 3, 2016
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MP is sorry PM’s diary is full Today the Prime Minister gave a Statement in the House of Commons, following the announcement yesterday of the agreement with the President of the European Council. At PMQs on 20th January, John asked that the Prime Minister respond to his letter signed by 40 Colleagues for a...
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