EU-UK debate: MEPs will not back a deal at any cost

Chair of the European Parliament’s UK Coordination Group (UKCG), David McAllister MEP

In a joint debate ahead of the EU summit covering future EU-UK relations MEPs said they will not back a deal at any cost.

Several MEPs commenting on the ongoing negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the UK made it clear that they rejected the UK’s intention to select certain policy areas on which to negotiate while ignoring others.

Chair of the European Parliament’s UK Coordination Group (UKCG), David McAllister MEP thanked the 17 committees who contributed to the European Parliament’s report: ‘Recommendations on the negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’. He thanked the two co-rapporteurs, Kati Piri (S&D) and Christophe Hansen (EPP).

Several speakers underlined that both parties have to stick to the Political Declaration, signed by the UK and the EU last year, which provides a clear framework for a future relationship. MEPs also called for commitments to be met faithfully, among others in the interest of UK citizens in the EU and EU citizens in the UK, as laid down in the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement. Parliament hopes for a new dynamism to conclude talks, for which there are but 204 days left.

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