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MEPs debated Brexit and EU elections with Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker© EP  

The flexible extension to the UK’s membership agreed on 10 April was discussed with Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

In the plenary debate on Tuesday, having expressed their sadness at the Notre Dame disaster, the majority of MEPs commended the 10 April decision to extend the UK’s membership of the EU and avoid a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, stating that the UK government should use the time gained constructively, while the rest of Europe will be able to focus on other key issues. Nevertheless, most speakers stressed that the extension should not be interpreted as an invitation to perpetuate uncertainty and division, nor should it be allowed to poison the upcoming European elections in the UK.

Opening statements by Donald TUSK, President of the European Council and by Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission.

MEPs debate.

Closing statements by Donald TUSK, President of the European Council and by Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission.