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In the UK we vote for our MP who represents us in parliament (the primary legislative house); proposing legislation, asking questions of government and voting on legislation. We can easily see what our MP has said and how they have voted.

The European Parliament acts as a second house like the House of Lords not as a legislator. The MEPs we vote in cannot propose laws or changes to the law. They can vote to approve or reject a legislative proposal, however this vote does not need to be taken into consideration and legislation can be pushed through. They have no power.

The Commissioners in the European Commission (the only place where legislation can be initiated) are not elected. The President of the Commission is elected, but his name is the only one on the ballot paper. The Commission makes its decisions as a college ie they are all collectively responsible for their decisions (even if they voted against). We cannot see how a particular commissioner voted they cannot be censured for voting a certain way. If our commissioner votes for TTIP or bullfighting or any other random subject we have no idea and therefore no way of getting them out or stopping them.

Within the commission the UK have one vote, the same as Malta or Luxembourg. Corporate input into legislation is formally sought.

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