On 18 and 19 September, MEPs travelled to the United Kingdom for talks on how to enhance the EU-UK partnership amid geopolitical shifts.
In Northern Ireland, Members exchanged views with authorities, civil society, business and intergovernmental organisations in Belfast, Armagh and Newry. They learned more about practical challenges encountered over the last two years with the implementation of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol. In Belfast, Members held talks with leaders of political parties about the progress in implementing the so-called Windsor Framework.
After visiting Northern Ireland, Committee Chair David McAllister said: “The practical solutions agreed under the Windsor Framework respond to the challenges people and businesses are encountering in Northern Ireland. The agreement preserves peace and supports prosperity. Businesses in Northern Ireland should seize the opportunity of having stability, predictability and a unique access to both EU and UK markets.”
In London, the visit allowed MEPs to appraise the state of bilateral relations following the agreement on the Windsor Framework that paved the way towards a more positive and stable bilateral relationship. The delegation discussed protection of citizens’ rights, youth mobility and cooperation on foreign and security policy. In particular, Members exchanged views with the UK government and parliamentary representatives on Ukraine, China, Sahel, Western Balkans and Indo-Pacific. Meetings with leading think tanks and with ambassadors of EU member states provided further input on how to deepen EU-UK cooperation on foreign and security policy.
After the meetings with the UK parliamentarians and government representatives, Chair David McAllister said: “We value the United Kingdom as a close, like-minded partner and ally. Together we responded with unprecedented actions to the unprovoked and unjustified Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. It is in our joint interest to strengthen cooperation on foreign policy issues of common interest amid geopolitical challenges”.
Composition of the delegation: Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister (EPP, Germany), Željana Zovko (EPP, Croatia), Gheorghe-Vlad Nistor (EPP, Romania), Nathalie Loiseau (Renew Europe, France), François Alfonsi (The Greens/EFA, France) and Lars Patrick Berg (ECR, Germany).
You can find the programme of the visit here.