MEPs hit out at the slow pace of progress on issues such as citizens’ rights, Northern Ireland and the UK’s financial commitments on the Brexit talks.
MEPs held a debate on the ongoing Brexit negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on Tuesday 3 October 2017. This is ahead of a Council summit on 20 October when the leaders of EU countries will decide whether sufficient progress has been made to also start talks on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, including on issues such as trade.
Guy Verhofstadt, Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, stressed how easily progress could be made if the will was there: “Let's give the same rights to EU citizens living in UK as they have now. And let’s do the same for UK citizens living in the EU now. I'm asking myself why we are still discussing this. This can, in fact, be solved immediately.”
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MEPs also adopted a resolution stating sufficient progress had not been made. Check out our press release for more information.