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Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

5.1. State of play of negotiations with the United Kingdom (B8-0538/2017 , B8-0539/2017 )
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  Daniel Hannan (ECR ). – Madam President, I would like to add my appreciation to those who have already thanked you for your service in the chair.

This resolution and, even more, the speeches that we have heard today bear very little relation to the progress in the talks. Britain has already said that it will not put up any physical border in Ireland. We have already said that we will look at the financial settlement in the spirit of wanting advantageous outcomes for our European allies, as well as for us. We have already said that all of the social, working, residence and healthcare rights of EU nationals in the UK will be guaranteed. These things have been formally stated. I understand that there are some colleagues here who love to have a go at us – this is not new, it is not a post—Brexit thing; it is an occasional occurrence in this House.

What I think is strange – and will strike people in the UK as strange – is to have British MEPs, particularly in the S&D Group, lining up to say that everything is going to be catastrophic and that the economy is tanking when that bears no relation to people’s actual experience. I hope that after we have left we will remove the main cause of contention and will be able to enjoy a better relation than we have now.

 
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