MEPs debate #Brexit and upcoming EU summit 

| March 13, 2019
MEPs are discussing their priorities for the 21-22 March EU summit and assess the outcome of the vote on Brexit in the UK House of Commons, from around 10h.

Following the vote on the withdrawal agreement in the UK parliament on 12 March, MEPs will assess its consequences in a debate with Eurpoean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and the Romanian Council Presidency.

They will also set out their priorities for the spring meeting of EU heads of state or government, which traditionally focuses on jobs, growth and competitiveness.

EU leaders will also discuss the EU’s long-term strategy to fight climate change, external relations (especially the EU-China summit of 9 April) and ways to fight disinformation and protect the democratic integrity of the European and national elections across the EU.

You can follow the debate live on EP Live and EbS+.

A statement by GUE/NGL President and member of the Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group, Gabi Zimmer: “The overwhelming rejection of the Brexit deal in the House of Commons is deeply frustrating.”

“We have been negotiating for years and campaigning on behalf for our citizens. We listened to our British friends and their concerns but once again, they threw away this last chance.”

“We are witnessing a parliament that is paralysed by party divisions and internal bickering. British citizens will have to pick up this mess because a hard Brexit now looks inevitable.”

“To date, British MPs have never been able to tell us what they truly want. For us, it had been clear from the start that the EU must not allow the return of a hard border or border control on the island of Ireland. There is no other way to protect The Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts.”

“Frankly, the easiest solution would be to have no border in Ireland. Brexit hardliners would then have no problem with the backstop, no Irish border and a smooth Brexit from the EU.”

“Unfortunately, every single suggestion has been rejected by the British.”

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