Brexit: the time has come for the UK to clarify its position

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MEPs debated the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement in the UK’s House of Commons © European Union 2019 – EP

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In the debate following the UK House of Commons’ meaningful vote, MEPs underlined that Europeans will remain united and that citizens’ rights are still the EP’s priority.

Following the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration in the UK’s House of Commons yesterday evening, it is now up to the UK government and UK Parliament to let the EU know where a positive majority lies and what type of relationship they want with the European Union, MEPs stressed.

The Withdrawal agreement is the best and only compromise possible within the red lines established by the UK government, underlined the EU`s Brexit chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. It allows for legal certainty where Brexit creates uncertainty. The EU will not accept established guidelines to be watered down, including the peace process and the border on the island of Ireland or on citizens’ rights, added Frans Timmermans for the European Commission.

EP Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE) called for a cross-party dialogue in the UK in order to build a positive majority to break the deadlock and possibly redefine the UK’s red lines. He underlined that changes in the UK’s position might allow a deeper future relationship between the UK and the EU to be considered.

A no-deal exit would be in nobody’s interests, MEPs underlined. The EU will intensify its preparation and contingency work with the member states and the EP, added Melania Ciot, on behalf of the Romanian Council Presidency.

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