Shailesh Vara

Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

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North West Cambridgeshire Conservative

European Union Integration

There have been votes in Parliament on the degree of the UK's integration with the European Union. Specific matters voted on include the UK's opt out from the European Union Police and Criminal Justice Measures and the establishment of a European Union External Action Service.

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Shailesh Vara generally voted against more EU integration

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about more EU integration:

  • On 16 May 2006: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill — Disapplication of European Communities Act 1972 — rejected Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2006: Shailesh Vara voted no on European Union — A Citizens' Agenda Show vote
  • On 29 Nov 2006: Shailesh Vara voted no on European Community Documents — European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme Show vote
  • On 19 Nov 2007: Shailesh Vara voted no on European Communities (Finance) Bill — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 12 Dec 2007: Shailesh Vara voted no on European Community Documents — Funding of European political parties Show vote
  • On 21 Jan 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Second Reading Show vote
  • On 28 Jan 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Amendment to proposed Commons timetable for debate — rejected Show vote
  • On 28 Jan 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Commons timetable for debate Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty in terms of justice and home affairs — rejected Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude the European Court of Justice's regulations on police and justice matters — rejected Show vote
  • On 29 Jan 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude the European Union's measures on judicial cooperation in criminal matters — rejected Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty in relation to energy — rejected Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty in relation to energy Show vote
  • On 30 Jan 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude energy from being a shared policy area in the European Union — rejected Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara was absent for a vote on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to human rights — rejected Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara was absent for a vote on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to human rights Show vote
  • On 5 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude human rights from the policy area of the European Union — rejected Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to the single market — rejected Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to the single market Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Prevent competition rules from becoming an exclusive policy area of the European Union — rejected Show vote
  • On 20 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to foreign affairs — rejected Show vote
  • On 20 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to foreign affairs Show vote
  • On 20 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Remove foreign policy role of the President of the European Council — rejected Show vote
  • On 25 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to international development — rejected Show vote
  • On 25 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to international development Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to the European Union's institutions — rejected Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to the European Union's institutions Show vote
  • On 26 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Exclude the European Union from regulating the conservation of marine biological resources — rejected Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Disapproves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to climate change — rejected Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Approves of the government's policy towards the Lisbon Treaty with regards to climate change Show vote
  • On 27 Feb 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Enshrine the Lisbon Treaty into UK law Show vote
  • On 3 Mar 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Accept the changes of terminology in the Lisbon Treaty Show vote
  • On 3 Mar 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Increase of powers of European Parliament Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2008: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Lisbon Treaty — Parliamentary control of decisions made at the European Union level — rejected Show vote
  • On 4 Mar 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Clause on 'parliamentary control of decisions' to remain in the Bill Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2008: Shailesh Vara voted to seek to enable a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Clause on 'Commencement' of the Bill should remain in the Bill Show vote
  • On 5 Mar 2008: Shailesh Vara was absent for a vote on Lisbon Treaty — The Treaty does not affect the supremacy of the UK parliament — rejected Show vote
  • On 11 Mar 2008: Shailesh Vara voted no on Lisbon Treaty — Third Reading Show vote
  • On 10 Mar 2009: Shailesh Vara voted yes on Motion to reject the European Working Time Directive — rejected Show vote
  • On 11 Mar 2009: Shailesh Vara was absent for a vote on Deferred Divisions — second strategic energy review and european energy networks Show vote
  • On 17 Mar 2009: Shailesh Vara voted against requiring public communications providers retain certain categories of communications data, which they generate or process, for a minimum period of 12 months. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2010: Shailesh Vara acted as teller for a vote on European Union External Action Service Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2010: Shailesh Vara voted to approve the Government's position that any sanctions proposed by the EU in relation to economic governance do not apply to the UK. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2010: Shailesh Vara acted as teller for a vote on European Union Documents- Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions and Remuneration Policies Show vote
  • On 25 Jan 2011: Shailesh Vara voted against requiring a referendum prior to UK giving emergency financial assistance via the EU to member states other than the Republic of Ireland. Show vote
  • On 9 Feb 2011: Shailesh Vara voted to support the Government's position that the UK should not contribute to the European Stability Mechanism and financial assistance for Euro area Member States should primarily be provided by other euro area Member States. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2011: Shailesh Vara voted in favour of the creation of the European Stability Mechanism to give financial assistance to Eurozone countries in need. Show vote
  • On 24 May 2011: Shailesh Vara voted to dilute proposed opposition to EU bailouts of countries in financial trouble. Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2011: Shailesh Vara voted against an EU Directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and on the right to communicate upon arrest Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Shailesh Vara voted to support stronger governance of the Schengen area and adding Bulgaria and Romania to it. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2011: Shailesh Vara voted to commend the Prime Minister for refusing to sign up to an EU Treaty without safeguards for the UK. Show vote
  • On 24 Apr 2012: Shailesh Vara was absent for a vote on European Union — Data Protection in the Areas of Police and Criminal Justice (EU Directive) Show vote
  • On 31 Oct 2012: Shailesh Vara voted against calling on the UK Government to seek a real terms cut in the European Union budget Show vote
  • On 6 Nov 2012: Shailesh Vara voted for the UK to be involved in a European Supervisory Authority, the European Banking Authority. Show vote
  • On 22 Apr 2013: Shailesh Vara voted to approve the Government's assessment of the UK's medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2013: Shailesh Vara voted against committing to continue participation in the European Arrest Warrant and other schemes when opting out of police and criminal justice measures. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2013: Shailesh Vara voted to opt out of all EU police and criminal justice measures adopted before December 2009 Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2013: Shailesh Vara voted to opt into Europol's European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation and Training so long as Europol is not given the power to direct national law enforcement agencies to initiate investigations or share data that conflicts with national security; and against considering the views of the Association of Chief Police Officers when deciding when to opt in. Show vote
  • On 4 Dec 2013: Shailesh Vara voted in favour of an EU trade agreement with Colombia and Peru Show vote
  • On 13 Jan 2014: Shailesh Vara voted for a 185 million Euro EU Europe for Citizens programme of activities and to require EU institutions to deposit their archives at the European University Institute Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2014: Shailesh Vara voted not to restrict the entitlement of non-UK citizens from the European Union and the European Economic Area to UK taxpayer-funded benefits. Show vote
  • On 22 Jan 2014: Shailesh Vara voted to support the that view that promoting jobs and growth in the EU, including by completing the EU Single Market, is the top priority. Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2014: Shailesh Vara voted not to limit the EU's "Europe for Citizens" programme to education about, and reflection on, the Holocaust, armed conflicts and totalitarian regimes in Europe’s history and against explicitly forbidding the programme from promoting European citizenship, integration or institutions. Show vote
  • On 27 Jan 2014: Shailesh Vara was absent for a vote on European Union (Approvals) Bill — Third Reading — European Archives and Europe for Citizens Programme Show vote
  • On 30 Apr 2014: Shailesh Vara voted to approve the Government's assessment of the UK's medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission. Show vote
  • On 10 Nov 2014: Shailesh Vara voted for continued close working between the UK and other European Union states on criminal justice as well as for associated data protection measures. Show vote
  • On 19 Nov 2014: Shailesh Vara voted for the UK to rejoin a series of European Union schemes for closer police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2015: Shailesh Vara voted to support the Government's decision not to opt into a European Union response to disproportionate migration into certain states involving measures to relocate individuals in need of international protection (asylum). Show vote
  • On 24 Feb 2016: Shailesh Vara voted to require digital tachographs which use satellite positioning, and can be read remotely, to enforce rules on driving time and rest periods for certain lorries and buses. Show vote
  • On 9 Mar 2016: Shailesh Vara voted against the UK opting into a proposed EU directive on combating terrorism; supporting work directly with other countries and recognising that national security is a matter for individual nations. Show vote
  • On 14 Mar 2016: Shailesh Vara voted to take account of carbon dioxide emissions traded via the European Union to Emissions Trading Scheme when calculating the state of the UK carbon account for periods from 2028. Show vote
  • On 23 Mar 2016: Shailesh Vara voted to approve the Government's assessment of the UK's medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission. Show vote
  • On 15 Jun 2016: Shailesh Vara voted to say the UK needs to stay in the EU. Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2016: Shailesh Vara was absent for a vote on EU Nationals Currently Living in the UK — Right to Remain Show vote
  • On 14 Sep 2016: Shailesh Vara was absent for a vote on UK Withdrawal from Membership of the European Union Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2016: Shailesh Vara voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and in favour of starting the process by 31 March 2017. Show vote
  • On 7 Dec 2016: Shailesh Vara voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and in favour of starting the process by 31 March 2017. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 1 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 6 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against only allowing the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union a month after the approach to, and objectives for, withdrawal negotiations have been agreed by representatives of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland administrations. Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted not to prevent the Prime Minister giving notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union if the European Council have not undertaken that if the United Kingdom Parliament doesn't agree the terms of the United Kingdom's leaving of the European Union the United Kingdom's will remain an EU member under the existing terms. Show vote
  • On 7 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted not to make publication of an assessment of the financial liability of the UK towards the EU, and a statement on the economic impact of the UK leaving the single market, a prerequisite for the Prime Minister giving notification of the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against requiring the Prime Minister to give a series of undertakings before giving notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against requiring notice of the UK's withdrawal from the EU to preserve rights acquired in Northern Ireland as a result of European Union membership and against requiring the notification to preserve the right of the people of Northern Ireland determine for themselves if they prefer a union with Great Britain or a sovereign united Ireland. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against seeking to protect the residence rights of citizens of the European Union and their family members who were lawfully resident in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against the UK remaining a member of the European Atomic Agency Community (Euratom) when withdrawing from the European Union and against treating leaving Euratom separately from leaving the European Union. Show vote
  • On 8 Feb 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to empower the Prime Minister to give notification of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 13 Mar 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against guaranteeing EU derived rights, and the potential to acquire residency rights, for EU and EEA citizens legally resident in the UK. Show vote
  • On 19 Apr 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to approve the Government's assessment of the UK's medium term economic and budgetary position for submission to the European Commission. Show vote
  • On 11 Sep 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to end the supremacy of EU law in UK law; to convert EU law into domestic law on the UK's exit from the European Union and to give ministers the power to correct deficiencies in retained EU law. Show vote
  • On 11 Sep 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to end the supremacy of EU law in UK law; to convert EU law into domestic law on the UK's exit from the European Union and to give ministers the power to correct deficiencies in retained EU law. Show vote
  • On 14 Nov 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against requiring the consent of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 14 Nov 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to end the supremacy of EU law in domestic law and to remove the mechanism which enables the flow of new EU law into UK law. Show vote
  • On 14 Nov 2017: Shailesh Vara voted not to require courts or tribunals to have regard to anything done on or after exit day by the European Court, another EU entity or the EU. Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against requiring the UK Government to report on changes to EU legislation which form part of UK law, and against requiring the Government to consider adopting such changes to ensure that the rights of workers and employees in the UK are no less favourable than they would have been had the UK remained a member of the EU or EEA. Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights remaining part of UK law on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Show vote
  • On 21 Nov 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against retaining general principles of EU law derived from EU treaties, direct EU legislation and EU directives, as part of UK law after the UK leaves the EU, and voted to only retain those general principles deriving from European Court [of justice] case law. Show vote
  • On 12 Dec 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to allow laws which were required by the UK's membership of the European single market to be weakened, removed or replaced by Ministers after the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Show vote
  • On 13 Dec 2017: Shailesh Vara voted to allow ministers to withdraw the UK from the European Economic Area, the European single market. Show vote
  • On 20 Dec 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against the UK retaining the EU's common customs tariff and common commercial policy. Show vote
  • On 20 Dec 2017: Shailesh Vara voted against a transition period of at least two years prior to implementation of an agreement on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union during which existing arrangements with the EU covering trade, security, regulations and financial contributions would be maintained. Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2018: Shailesh Vara voted to preserve, on the UK's withdrawal from the EU all rights, powers, liabilities, obligations, restrictions, remedies and procedures present in UK law as a result of the UK's membership of the EU. Show vote
  • On 16 Jan 2018: Shailesh Vara voted against retaining a EU "Charter of Fundamental Rights" as part of UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2018: Shailesh Vara voted against requiring an agreement for the UK to remain a member of the EU single market and customs union before allowing ministers to make regulations to implement an agreement on the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2018: Shailesh Vara voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 17 Jan 2018: Shailesh Vara voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Show vote
  • On 23 Jan 2018: Shailesh Vara voted against a transition period of at least two years for the transition to a domestic nuclear regulatory regime from the framework provided via the European Atomic Energy Community. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Shailesh Vara voted against making the UK's withdrawal from the EU conditional on seeking, as an objective for the UK's negotiation of the withdrawal agreement, full access to the internal market of the EU rather than merely European Economic Area membership. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Shailesh Vara voted against making the UK's withdrawal from the EU conditional on seeking, as an objective for the UK's negotiation of the withdrawal agreement, an international agreement which enables the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the European Economic Area. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Shailesh Vara voted against making the UK's withdrawal from the EU conditional on a statement on how the UK's continued participation in a customs union with the EU was sought during negotiations on the withdrawal agreement. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Shailesh Vara voted against largely retaining the EU "Charter of Fundamental Rights" as part of UK law following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Shailesh Vara voted not to make incompatibility with the general principles of EU law actionable in the UK courts following the UK's withdrawal from the union. Show vote
  • On 13 Jun 2018: Shailesh Vara voted against steps designed to ensure that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU does not result in the removal or diminution of any rights, powers, liabilities, obligations, restrictions, remedies and procedures that contribute to the protection and improvement of the environment. Show vote

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