Daniel Hannan

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Daniel Hannan, MEP

Daniel Hannan (born 01 September 1971, Lima) is a British MEP for South East from Conservative and Unionist Party since 1999.[1]

He has spent years arguing for Brexit, or the decision by the UK to leave the European Union.

He is the president of the Institute for Free Trade, launched in September 2017.


Hannan is a vocal advocate for the UK leaving the EU. He is known for his hard-line pro-Brexit views.

In September 2017, Hannan fronted the launch of a new pro-Brexit think tank called the Institute for Free Trade. It 'sees Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union as a unique opportunity to revitalise the world trading system'. In a 2016 speech to the US think tank, the Heritage Foundation, Hannan said that 'spoiled millennials' and 'global regulation' imposed by NGOs are what stands in the way of agreeing a bilateral US-UK trade deal. Otherwise it would 'take only five minutes' to agree and be done in 'less than 500 words', he said.

In May 2017 Hannan declared on his register of interests that he was being paid by JC Bamford Excavators. The chair of JCB is Anthony Bamford, one of the largest donors to the Conservative Party and the Vote Leave campaign for Brexit. [2]


Hannan speaking on Brexit at Heritage Foundation, 7 November 2017. From the video, it was poorly attended.
Daniel Hannan addresses the inaugural Tea Party UK meeting on Saturday 27 February 2010 at the Best Western Brighton Hotel

MEP record

Declaration of Financial Interests

Parliamentary roles

As of January 2018:

Former parliamentary roles

Record of Parliamentary Votes

  • Voted against the directive on "establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy" (A5-0027/2000). The directive covers all water management aspects in order to achieve a 'good status' of all waters by 2015.[9]
  • Voted in favour of the directive on "national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants" (A5-0063/2000). The amendment allows setting less ambitious national emission ceilings for sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia (NH3) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which would result in more damage to human health and the environment.[10]
  • Voted in favour of the Commission White Paper on "Strategy for a future Chemicals Policy" (A5-0356/2001). The amendment helps avoid the necessary precautionary approach towards some chemical substances that are not proven to be completely safe.[11]
  • Voted against the directive on "waste electrical and electronic equipment" (A5-0100/2002). The amendment sets higher reuse and recycling rates for IT and telecommunication equipment.[12] Rejected due to lack of absolute majority.
  • Voted in favour of the report on "Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network" (A5-0135/2002). The Trans-European Network of Transport (TEN-T) is a network of so-called 'transport corridors' through Europe. This amendment calls for a full Strategic Environmental Assessment of these transport corridors and calls on the Commission to improve methods for analysing the environmental and economic impact of the TEN-T.[13]
  • Voted against the regulation concerning "traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms" (A5-0229/2002). The amendment allows customers the right to choose GM free food.[14]
  • Voted against the directive on "environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage" (A5-0145/2003). According to the amendment, polluters have to pay for environmental clean-up, and it supports an EU-wide regime which makes polluters liable for the damage they cause to wildlife, water and land.[15]
  • Voted against the directive on restructuring the "Community framework for the taxation of energy products and electricity" (A5-0302/2003). The amendment aims at giving tax benefits to environmentally friendly sources of energy, which would make them cheaper and more competitive to conventional (more polluting) sources of energy. It also gives tax benefits to environmentally friendly uses of energy for transport, for instance trains.[16] Rejected due to lack of absolute majority.

Date Name of Document MEPs Vote
13.03.2012 Should there be an obligatory quota of at least 40% (by 2020) of female representation in the management boards imposed on companies? Against
16.02.2012 Should the European Parliament have a single seat (instead of two, Strasbourg and Brussels)? For
15.02.2012 Should the Eurozone Member States pool their public debts by creating Eurobonds? Against
15.12.2011 Should public access to EU documents be made easier? For
14.12.2011 Should the EU have a stronger and united defence policy? Against
17.11.2011 Should nuclear energy be phased out? Against
25.10.2011 Should a global tax on carbon emissions be introduced? Absent
28.09.2011 Should the European Commission supervise the budgets and economic policies of the Member States and apply sanctions for non-compliance with EU-agreed rules on fiscal discipline? Against
05.07.2011 Should the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the EU be made more restrictive? Against
20.10.2010 Should the minimum length of the maternity leave on full pay be extended from 14 to 20 weeks? Against
09.02.2010 Should the proposed Barosso II Commission be appointed for the 2009-2014 term? Abstain
*Source: www.votewatch.eu

Personal Information

Curriculum Vitae

  • MA (Modern History), Oxford University (1992).
  • Director, European Research Group (1994-1999).
  • Leader writer, The Daily Telegraph (1996- ).
  • Columnist, The Sunday Telegraph (since 1999).
  • Special adviser to Michael Howard MP (1997-1998).
  • Vice-Chairman, Conservative Students (1992-1993).
  • Chairman, Conservative Graduates (1994-1999).
  • Member, Executive Committee, European Young Conservatives (1995).
  • Member of the European Parliament (since 1999).


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60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Bruxelles/Brussel
+32 (0)2 28 45137
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  1. European Parliament, MEP Directory: Daniel Hannan, accessed 17 November 2010.
  2. Declarations, Daniel Hannan, European Parliament website, accessed Jan 2018
  3. Brexit event, Heritage Foundation (video), 7 November 2017
  4. How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic, Guardian, 2 Feb 2017
  5. The Freedom Association The TEA Party Movement in the UK, accessed 21 August 2011
  6. Direct Democracy About Us, accessed 20 August 2011
  7. Declarations, Daniel Hannan, European Parliament website, accessed Jan 2018
  8. European Parliament, Declaration of Members' Financial Interests: Daniel Hannan, 24 June 2009, accessed 04 November 2009.
  9. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  10. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  11. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  12. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  13. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  14. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  15. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  16. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.