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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Presentation of the programme of activities of the Finnish Presidency of the Council (debate)

  Diane Dodds (NI). – Mr President, I would like to give a warm welcome to the Finnish Presidency team to the House today. As the deadline of 31 October looms, the Finnish Presidency will be dominated, whether you like it or not, by the EU’s response to Brexit. Both candidates in the race to become the new British Prime Minister have rejected the backstop. The backstop, as I have said many times in this House, threatens the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom. The EU can continue to go down the path of intransigence, promoting a deal that will never make it through the UK Parliament, thereby ensuring no deal. This will of course present serious challenges to the MFF, which is one of your priorities, and ultimately the pockets of European taxpayers. Or it can act in the interests of its own businesses, farmers and citizens by pursuing a more sensible and pragmatic outcome to show that the EU can listen. A solution on the Irish border is possible with political will. But a proposal which imposes trade barriers in the United Kingdom...

(The President cut off the speaker)

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