Guy Verhofstadt, chair of the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group (BSG), discussed their views on the White Paper released by the UK Government at Chequers, the Prime Minister's country residence, on 6 July 2018.
The European Parliament will shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs when the United Kingdom leaves the EU, leaving room for new countries that may join in the future. 46 of the 73 UK seats freed up by Brexit will be available for possible EU enlargement with the remaining 27 UK seats shared out among 14 under-represented EU countries.
What will MEPs be working on in next week's plenary session in Strasbourg? Among the items on the agenda are EU migration policy, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki debating the future of Europe with MEPS, Bulgaria handover of the Council Presidency to Austria and much more.
On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. The decision will take effect on 29 March 2019. The final agreement will require the approval of the European Parliament and MEPs will scrutinise the process carefully. Here we provide some links to help you understand what is going on and who is doing what.
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