AS an MEP who has spent many an hour in the European Parliament I find the row over the UK potentially losing the right to attend key committee meetings both amusing and depressing in equal measure.

Amusing, because our influence in EU decisions has always been minuscule anyway and depressing because it is something else that doubtless our negotiators will concede.

We voted to leave in 2016 and we should not be subject to new EU laws made during the Brexit transition period, particularly without voting rights.

The mountain of rules and regulations that manacle business in this country is one of the reasons the majority voted to regain our independence.

Plans by EU negotiators to generously say that some of the other 27 states could 'invite' Britain to observe some committee meetings without any right to influence its content just demonstrates the low regard in which we are held.

Paul Nuttall, North West MEP UK Independence Party