Explanation of vote – Article 7(1) proceedings against Hungary and Poland

During the explanation of her vote at Strasbourg, 16th January, Claire explained her decision to vote against the Parliament’s Article 7 proceedings against Hungary and Poland. She rejected the motion as a bullying weapon in defiance of the Polish and Hungarian voters, condemning the parliament for themselves failing to live up to European values, particularly respect for democracy, whilst having the hypocrisy to accuse those upholding democracy as betraying European values.