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#Brexit and Spitzenkandidat procedure top EPP summit discussions

#Brexit and Spitzenkandidat procedure top EPP summit discussions

| October 19, 2018

The European People’s Party (EPP) leaders met in Brussels on 17 October ahead of the European Council. In the margins of the meeting, the EPP President Joseph Daul said: “We owe clarity to the European and British citizens. More than two years after the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, it […]

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

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 […]

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#Coreper approves #EMA and #EBA relocations

#Coreper approves #EMA and #EBA relocations

| October 18, 2018

On 17 October, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved, on behalf of the Council, an agreement with the European Parliament on the text of the regulations for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam, and of the European Banking Authority (EBA) to Paris, writes Martin Banks.  The two agencies are currently based […]

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Dutch minister hopes for deal but prepares for hard #Brexit

Dutch minister hopes for deal but prepares for hard #Brexit

| October 17, 2018

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok (pictured) said on Tuesday (16 October) that the Netherlands was hoping for a deal on Britain’s orderly exit from the European Union but he added his country was also preparing for a no-deal scenario, writes Francesco Guarascio in Brussels. “We hope for a negotiated Brexit,” he told reporters at an […]

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#Brexit deal ‘made harder by May comments’

#Brexit deal ‘made harder by May comments’

| October 17, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech to the UK parliament on Monday (15 October) has shown that reaching a deal on the country’s exit from the European Union will be even harder than expected, a senior EU official said on Tuesday (16 October), writes Alistair Macdonald. May urged the EU not to allow a stand-off […]

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France says #Brexit deal possible, but preparation under way for no deal too

France says #Brexit deal possible, but preparation under way for no deal too

| October 17, 2018

A deal on Brexit is still possible and remains the best scenario, but France is preparing all measures in case there is no deal, including border checks at the English Channel tunnel, the French minister for European Affairs said on Tuesday (16 October),  writes Francesco Guarascio in Brussels. “We want a good deal and we […]

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#Brexit – Steering group insists on need for Ireland/Northern Ireland backstop

#Brexit – Steering group insists on need for Ireland/Northern Ireland backstop

| October 17, 2018

European Parliament Brexit Steering Group chaired by Guy Verhofstadt (pictured) issued the following statement on Monday 15 October: “We have followed very closely the developments of the last 24 hours. “It is our very strong view that the Withdrawal Agreement must include a workable, legally operational and all-weather backstop for the Ireland/Northern Ireland border fully […]

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