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European Parliament President urges real progress in Brexit negotiations

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European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, expressed his concern and desire to see real progress being made in the Brexit negotiations between the European Union and United Kingdom, after a meeting with European Commission Brexit Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier.

President Tajani declared:

“With the clock steadily ticking away there are millions of students, workers and families - some of whom have spent their entire lives in another EU country - still facing as much uncertainty now as they did when the British government formally triggered Article 50 in March.

“A potential agreement will have to be approved by the European Parliament and our priorities have been consistently clear from the outset: defending the rights of EU citizens, preserving the achievements of the Good Friday Agreement and ensuring that the UK fully honours its financial commitments. The British government must come forward with clear positions in order for talks to advance - solving these issues will be essential in securing a deal that will be the building block of a successful future partnership with the United Kingdom.

“I will continue to work closely with Mr Barnier who has the full support of the European Parliament. In our meeting, he once again impressed me with the preparation that he and his team are displaying in this negotiation. I would urge his counterparts to move forward as time is of the essence and citizens on both sides of the Channel are counting on us to deliver.”

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