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EU-UK deal: both sides better off with Britain in, say main group leaders

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24/02/2016
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Leaders of the main political groups in Parliament welcomed a fair EU-UK deal as an offer to the British people to remain in the EU. But it's an "in or out" vote some said, not another phase in the negotiations. During the plenary debate on the outcome of the recent EU summit with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, many UK MEPs voiced arguments for and against EU membership.

Member states' responses to the refugee crisis were also addressed by MEPs, who urged them to act in a coordinated way and find a solution at the special March EU leaders' meeting with the Turkish government.

Replay of plenary statements by:

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Donald TUSK, President of European CouncilJean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the ECManfred WEBER (EPP, DE)Gianni PITTELLA (S&D, IT)Ashley Fox (ECR, UK)Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE)Gabriele Zimmer (GUE/NGL, DE)Rebecca Harms (Greens/EFA, DE)Nigel Farage (EFDD, UK)Marine Le Pen (ENF, FR)Diane Dodds (NI, UK)Closing statement Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

Further information:

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Procedure file - conclusions of the European Council meeting (18-19 February 2016)European Council conclusions 18-19 FebruaryVideo recording of debate (click on 24.02.2016) EbS+ (24.02.2016)Storify