Recent Brexit developments dominated today’s discussion, with most speakers highlighting that preserving the rights of UK and EU27 citizens is a priority.
In the plenary debate with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, most of the EP group leaders praised the decisions taken by EU heads of state or government in their March 21-22 summit to avoid a disastrous no-deal Brexit scenario. They expressed solidarity with pro-EU UK movements and criticised the UK government for its handling of the situation since Article 50 was activated.
Relations with China and the summit’s conclusions on the economy were also a key concern, resulting in calls for strong action at the upcoming EU-China summit, as well as in overall economic policy, to strengthen European values and companies alike.
Opening statements by Donald TUSK, President of the European Council and by Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the EC
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Closing statements by Michel BARNIER, European Commission Chief Negotiator for Article 50, Jyrki KATAINEN, Vice-President of the EC and Donald TUSK, President of the European Council
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Procedure::Debate without resolution
Debate: Wednesday, 27 March