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to wind up the debate on the statements by the Council and the Commission

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom (2016/2800(RSP))

Gabriele Zimmer, Martina Anderson, Barbara Spinelli on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

European Parliament resolution on the outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom (2016/2800(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  having regard to the historical fact that the people of a Member State have decided to leave the European Union following a referendum;

B.  having regard to the outcome of the referendum in which the British people clearly voted in favour of Brexit; whereas the growing criticism of the EU cannot be disregarded, but should be addressed through a far-reaching reform agenda that ensures transparency, openness and democratisation, including stronger participation by citizens;

C.  whereas the result of the referendum demonstrates that rising social and economic inequalities within and between Member States are one of the biggest threats to stability and cohesion in the EU;

D.  whereas Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) provides for the possibility of a Member State exiting the Union;

E.  whereas the deal agreed at the February 2016 European Council meeting, between David Cameron, on behalf of the British Government, and the European Union, is now null and void;

1.  Respects the decision of the British people, which should be seen as a challenge to build another Europe;

2.  Calls for Article 50 of the TEU to be invoked immediately;

3.  Recalls that Parliament’s consent is required under Article 50 of the TEU and asks for Parliament to be involved at all stages of the negotiation procedures concerning the withdrawal agreement;

4.  Recalls that all decisions regarding the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom, after the UK’s exit, must be the result of a democratic process and involve both the European Parliament and the national parliaments;

5.  Stresses that the outcome of the referendum shows that another Europe is necessary and must be built with the agreement of the people, who expect concrete decisions on social issues such as employment, transparency, welfare and rejection of austerity measures;

6.  Stresses that the outcome of the referendum and the decision of the British people clearly demonstrate that the EU is undergoing a deep crisis, which is the result of neo-liberal and austerity policies and the erosion of democracy; considers, therefore, that it is time for the EU to tackle and face people’s real problems through a profound policy change which should meet people’s expectations;

7.  Reaffirms the defence of the values of democracy, peace, tolerance, progress, and solidarity and cooperation among peoples; denounces growing right-wing nationalist forces, and highlights the fact that the way forward must be based on a Europe that takes greater responsibility for refugee reception, rather than closing its borders to those fleeing war and conflict;

8.  Notes that the people of the north of Ireland voted to remain in the EU; believes that the British Government has forfeited any mandate to represent the interests of the people in the north of Ireland with regard to the EU;

9.  Believes that there is a democratic imperative for a referendum on Irish unity as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement;

10.  Calls for the EU to continue to support the peace process in Ireland;

11.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.

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