Last week I drew attention to the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, which amongst other improvements ends the practice of discards. Chris Davies MEP has been a leading advocate for reform, and had garnered cross-party support.
Even Nigel Farage had said:
First let me stress that the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has been a complete environmental, economic and social disaster and UKIP uses what say it has in the EU “Parliament” to vote against discards and protect British fishing.
So it is rather intriguing to learn that in the historic vote last week to end discards and protect British fishing, UKIP MEP’s voted thus:
- Nigel Farage: did not vote
- All remaining 9 MEPs: abstained
So what is the difference between not voting and abstaining? It seems that a non-voter is actually present in the building but does not vote, whereas those who abstained were absent. Any ideas where Nigel Farage was hiding?
You can view the voting record here. You need to scroll down, then select these two filters: Group – EFD; Member State – United Kingdom.
* Mary Reid is the Monday Editor on Lib Dem Voice.