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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019 (debate)

  Márton Gyöngyösi (NI). – Mr President, I would just like to confine my brief intervention to the subject of Brexit, something which we have been trying to come to terms with for the last three years since we knew the result of the referendum.

Let’s be clear: the result must be respected, regardless of the small margin. The UK must leave and bear all the consequences of its decision. I think Mr Juncker was correct when he said that no extension should be granted. Regardless of whether there is an agreement or no agreement, the UK should leave, and I also think that it is in the best interest of Europe to let the UK go. The decision that the British people made three years ago was not an enormous surprise. British Euroscepticism has a very long tradition. Since Henry VIII, I think, this has been at the heart of British geopolitical thinking and, since this is a 500—year tradition, I respect it.

But Europe and the European Union must also be very clear about the challenges it is facing and must be very clear about its priorities. Europe must face migration, wage inequalities, economic disparities and climate change, and it must come up with a solution. If Europe wants to be successful, it has to get rid of all the obstacles and the post—Brexit fatigue, be very clear about terms and conditions when it comes to new candidate Member States, and it must also be very clear with internal or external saboteurs who are trying to slow the process. So, as far as the UK is concerned, the decision to divorce was taken. It is time to move on for all.

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