“The European Parliament is a rubber-stamp parliament”

Not true. In fact, the European Parliament is much better than national parliaments at saying ‘no’ to controversial proposals. And of the proposals that it accepts, very few go through without significant amendment. Evidence

In this way, the European Parliament is much more effective than national parliaments such as Westminster, as there’s no compliant government majority to ensure that proposals are whipped through. Just think about it: it’s headline news if MPs ever vote against the government’s wishes!

The European Parliament also gets final say over many controversial international deals. And it will have the final say over TTIP if and when it’s agreed — something we should be grateful for. More details

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