In the Council of Ministers, which passes laws together with the European Parliament, British people are represented by our democratically elected UK Government Ministers, who discuss and decide the big issues on trade and cooperation in Europe together with our European friends and allies.
The European Parliament has a vital role in scrutinising and passing EU legislation, and our MEPs are directly elected by the British people. Along with Germany and France, the UK has the largest number of MEPs in the European Parliament. This is a great position of influence, and it is sad to see that so many UKIP MEPs are wasting it by not showing up to vote.
And in the European Commission Britain is represented by our Commissioner Lord Hill, who is tasked with financial services and is opening up capital markets to make it easier for small businesses to access finance. There are also British civil servants in every department in the European Commission.
Last updated: Feb 18, 2016
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