President Tajani: Irish issue must be solved to secure European Parliament #Brexit deal approval

| October 18, 2018

European Parliament President Tajani (pictured) made the following statement on Brexit at the EU leaders’ meeting with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday (18 October): “The first point is to defend the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, the second one is related to the UK honouring existing financial commitments. On the first two issues, there is an agreement, more or less. The third point that we want to defend is the Good Friday Agreement. For this, we want a backstop that is workable and legally operational for Northern Ireland. To this end, the best solution would be for a border in the Irish Sea. We are also open to a three-year transition, if this can help to find a solution.

“I think that Mrs May wants a deal. Our proposal is clear. We support Michel Barnier and are united, both member states and European institutions. The European Parliament will not vote in favour of an agreement unless all three issues are solved.”

President Tajani’s schedule for Thursday:

09:00 Meeting with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar

09:30 Speech to assembled heads of state or government

10:15 Press conference on European Council topics (European Council press room)

Follow President Tajani’s press conferences by clicking on the following link.



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