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The Brexit Steering Group of the European Parliament chaired by Guy Verhofstadt has followed with particular attention the speech given by the UK Prime Minister at the Conservative Party Conference.

Now that the Conference is over, it is imperative, given the very short deadlines, that negotiations intensify in order to finalise the Withdrawal Agreement including a legally binding, workable and operational backstop for the Ireland/Northern Ireland border in line with the Joint Report of last December.

Without such a backstop, the European Parliament would not be in a position to give its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement.

The BSG reiterates its full support for the Chief Negotiator and his negotiating strategy.

Brexit Steering Group's composition: