It is only by working twice as hard to respond to the concerns of citizens that the European Parliament will win back the general public's trust. I look forward to the challenge, working for all Europeans over the next two and a half years.
Antonio TAJANI - President of the European Parliament
Opening the European Parliament debate assessing the Westminster vote on the UK`s withdrawal from the EU on Tuesday evening, President Antonio Tajani stated: “Yesterday, the British Parliament voted by a large majority against the agreement that has been negotiated over the last two years with the European Union. We take note of this vote, although not without regret, and we respect it because it expresses the will of the majority of the political forces in the House of Commons.
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