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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

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

  Seán Kelly (PPE). – Madam President, I too am pleased to support this important resolution on the draft negotiating mandate. This is a key step towards the opening of negotiations in the future EU—UK relationship.

It is very welcome that the draft reflects the breadth and ambition of the scope of the political declaration for a broad and deep partnership with the UK. It is also important that the effective implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement continues in parallel with the negotiation of the future relationship and that this is reflected in the mandate. There is a continuing focus in the draft mandate on protecting the Good Friday Agreement and the Common Travel Area. Protecting the Good Friday Agreement and maintaining the Common Travel Area in all circumstances continue to be key priorities for Ireland and also, thankfully, for the EU 27. I thank my colleagues for their continued support of Irish priorities and I am hopeful that, with genuine cooperation from the United Kingdom, a good outcome can be reached.

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