The Conservative party, which has more UK MEPs than any other, releases a statement in support of MBM's red diesel campaign
The Conservatives, Britain’s most powerful party in Europe with 27 MEPs, has released a statement backing MBM’s call for an extension to the red diesel derogation.
After giving a well-informed summary of the issue, the statement continues:
“The red diesel exemption for Britain functions as a balancing factor because the cost of boating in the UK is considerably higher than in other EU countries, including more expensive mooring fees.
“Many boat owners are pensioners and the increase in the cost of red diesel could force many of them to sell their boats. A number of charities, such as The Bruce Trust, a Hungerford-based registered charity, provide holidays for the disabled. Increasing the cost of red diesel could make many of these holidays financially out of the reach of disabled persons.
“The main objective of the Energy Tax Directive is to eliminate distortions in the internal market with regard to taxation. Ending the exemption for Britain and four other states will create distortions such as wide differences in prices between Member States.
“We have always believed that there was a justification in allowing the full exemption on low-duty red diesel to continue. Britain has negotiated other exemptions such as VAT on children’s clothes because historically this has been the case. The European Union should not be about a one-fits-all scenario.”
“The decision lies with the European Council, where the UK Government must strongly argue the case for exemption. Should, however, the European Council vote to reject a continuation of the exemption, then Gordon Brown, who recognised the need to keep red diesel low-duty, should take steps nationally to ensure to cost of this fuel is kept down.
“The ending of low-duty on red diesel will devastate motor boating in Britain. Conservative MEPs will do all they can to keep up the fight to retain Britain’s exemption.”
The red diesel campaign now has blanket support from the Conservatives and UKIP, as well as individual Labour, Liberal Democrat and Scottish National Party MEPs.
There are Conservative MEPs in most UK constituencies, who can be contacted as follows:
Mr Neil Parish firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Caroline Jackson email@example.com
Mr Giles Chichester firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Daniel Hannan email@example.com
Mr Nirj Deva firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr James Elles email@example.com
Mr Richard Ashworth firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr John Bowis OBE email@example.com
Dr Charles Tannock firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Syed Salah Kamall email@example.com
Mr Geoffrey Van Orden firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Robert Sturdy email@example.com
Mr Christopher Beazley firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Roger Helmer email@example.com
Mr Christopher Heaton-Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Philip Bushill-Matthews email@example.com
Mr Philip Bradbourn OBE firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Malcolm Harbour email@example.com
Mr Jonathan Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mr Timothy Kirkhope email@example.com
Mr Edward McMillan-Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Den Dover email@example.com
Mr David Sumberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Rt.Hon. Sir Robert Atkins email@example.com
Mr Martin Callanan firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Struan Stevenson email@example.com
Mr John Purvis OBE firstname.lastname@example.org