Statement by European Parliament David Sassoli following extraordinary meeting of Conference of Presidents on state of play of the UK withdrawal from EU:
“Tonight with leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament we discussed the next steps regarding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
“For our part, the European Parliament will now begin the process in the Constitutional Affairs Committee, which will examine the deal. We are on track, we are doing our duty, and we will meet again on Thursday to discuss the latest progress.
“The European Parliament will be the final actor to have its say on the withdrawal agreement.
This will follow the UK Parliament’s examination and approval of the agreement. Once they have done so it will be up to the Constitutional Affairs committee.
“On Thursday, the Conference of Presidents will again discuss the latest state of play, we will continue to act in a calm, responsible manner and move forward rapidly when needed. This is our duty. I repeat that the European Parliament will be the final actor to have its say on this matter.”