Debate held at the plenary session of the European Parliament on 16 January 2018 on the United Kingdom's Withdrawal from the European Union.
The debate was held following the so-called 'meaningful vote' at the UK's House of Commons, in which its members rejected the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) highlighted that the European Union was going to remain united and that citizens' rights were still a priority for that chamber. The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier underlined that the Agreement rejected by the UK parliamentarians was the best and only compromise possible within the red lines established by the country's government. The First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans stressed that the EU would not accept established guidelines to be watered down, including the peace process and the border on the island of Ireland or on citizens' rights. MEPs also highlighted that a no-deal scenario was in nobody's interests.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Keywords||Brexit [After the Referendum], Withdrawal Agreement | Divorce Deal
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|