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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Proposed mandate for negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (B9-0098/2020)

  Deirdre Clune (PPE). – Madam President, the future trade agreement – when and if it is finalised – must have the approval of this Parliament and so I welcome the resolution today that I supported that sets out our priorities and what we see should be included in that agreement. Particularly the Good Friday Agreement and the unique situation that exists on the island of Ireland must be protected. The common travel area between Ireland and the United Kingdom, mentioned by the Commission in setting out their mandate for negotiations, must also be recognised. And a significant trade deal that would be mutually beneficial is needed for both sides. We need to ensure that European companies are not disadvantaged and put at a competitive disadvantage and we need to protect European consumers as well and recognise that this is unique; it’s with the sixth largest economy in the world, a former member of the European Union and a close neighbour.

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