The Brexit Party has abstained on a vote calling for international action against child abuse, Scram News can reveal.
According to documents provided by a European Parliament source, all of the Brexit Party MEPs who attended Parliament today abstained on the motion, which marked the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Child and called for actions to guarantee children’s rights.
The resolution said: “Children’s rights continue to be violated in many parts of the world, including in EU member sates”.
It called for measures to condemn “all forms of violence against children” and urged the EU to create a strategy “to eradicate sexual violence and child abuse”. It also vowed to advance gender rights and advocated a zero-tolerance approach to child labour.
But Brexit Party MEPs seemingly had no strong opinion on these issues, opting to sit on the fence, while Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan voted against the motion.
The resolution also proposed to create a EU representative for children’s rights and committed to ending child marriage and the detention of child refugees. It also laid out plans to improve child education and health.
“Children’s rights should be at the heart of EU policies,” it said.
“The 30th anniversary of the [UN Resolution] provides a unique opportunity to ensure full implementation thereof in policy and in practice, and to take additional measures to ensure respect for the rights of every child”.
Despite the Brexit Party’s dithering today, the motion on children’s rights was passed with 495 votes in favour and 58 against. Farage’s MEPs were among 87 MEPs who abstained.
Caroline Voaden, leader of the Lib Dem MEPs said:
“The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child protects the right of all children, everywhere, to be free from discrimination, violence and neglect. It is outrageous that Brexit Party MEPs and the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan failed to support a resolution today calling for its full implementation. We should all be working to expand the rights and protections afforded to children “
And it is not the first time the Brexit Party has declined to use its powers in the European Parliament. Earlier this month they, alongside Tory MEPs, abstained on a resolution condemning a proposed Polish law banning sex education and teaching anti-abortion principles in schools.
Meanwhile, in September, Farage’s MEPs abstained on a resolution calling for Iran to release imprisoned dual EU-Iranian nationals, including jailed Brit Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
And when Farage’s MEPs have used their vote, they have done so oppose self-evidently beneficial policies, such as a resolution calling for action against foreign election meddling and Russian disinformation.
This comes ahead of a key vote on Thursday in which the European Parliament will vote on whether to declare a climate emergency.
Because of the Brexit Party’s record on this particular issue, we’ll be watching their vote closely.
The Brexit Party did not respond to our request for comment.