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EP President meets UK Prime Minister

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Internal Policies and EU Institutions

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, met UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, to discuss the European Parliament’s position on Brexit today; a resolution defining its negotiation guidelines passed with an overwhelming majority earlier this month.


President Tajani said:

"The outcome of the meeting with Prime Minister May is positive. We want to strongly defend our citizens' rights, both those of European citizens living in the UK and of UK citizens living in the European Union.

"We want to work together, this is the most important message and this is a good start."

“I want us to establish a mutually beneficial partnership in the future, based on an orderly withdrawal agreement where each side honours its commitments, nothing more, nothing less.

“Strong continued cooperation on defence, intelligence, criminal and judicial matters with the UK is a shared interest. Recent events have tragically reminded us that terrorism knows no borders. Simply put, the security of our citizens must always come before politics.”

The European Parliament’s final approval will be needed on any potential Brexit agreement.

President Tajani also met with NGOs whose main concerns are guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

Please click here to access the multimedia package on the President’s official visit to the United Kingdom.

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