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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2019 (debate)

  James Wells (NI). – Madam President, the United Kingdom has been a good customer and friend of the European Union and its Member States. In the 20 years to 2018, the EU enjoyed a total trade surplus of nearly 750 billion with the UK. The UK has also contributed a net figure of 120 billion to the EU project over the same period, and the UK is one of only six Member States that meet NATO defence spending commitments that provide security to everybody in this place.

Given this, I would like to know why Messrs Juncker, Tusk and Barnier feel that it’s okay to meet UK opposition leaders and the likes of Tony Blair in a blatant attempt to interfere in British politics. It seems Martin Selmayr hinted at the EU intent when he was overheard saying that Northern Ireland would be the price that Britain would pay for Brexit.

Is it not the truth that the British people have been treated in contempt by the EU in these negotiations?

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