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Debates
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019 (debate)
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  Andrus Ansip (Renew). – Madam President, dear Jean-Claude, dear colleagues, first of all, I would like to thank Jean-Claude for this really good leadership. But now about Brexit.

After the Brexit referendum we got strong statements from London. Brexit means Brexit. Out means out. ‘No deal’ is better than a bad deal.

During the last five years as Commission Vice-President responsible for the digital single market, I used to deal with very practical issues. We were able to abolish roaming surcharges in the European Union, but what will happen with those roaming surcharges after Brexit? It will depend on negotiations between EU 27 and the United Kingdom. We were able to agree on the General Data Protection Regulation to protect the privacy of our people and we were able to agree in free data flows to support our industries, and we all know UK is really good as cloud service provider, but what will happen with data flows after Brexit? It will depend on the deal.

(The President cut off the speaker)

 
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