EPP Group emphasises quality in talks on future EU-UK relations



EPP Group emphasises quality in talks on future EU-UK relations
29th of January - a solemn day in Brussels with British MEPs sitting in the European Parliament for the last time before the UK leaves the EU on the 31st of January.

29th of January - the date of the MEPs’ approval of a Withdrawal Agreement that formally seals Britain’s exit from the EU.

Discussions will now turn to the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

EPP Group Chairman Manfred Weber explained how he sees 2020 shaping up.

So Brexit is done. That’s over. We regret it but it’s over. For 2020 we talk about the future agreement, the future relationships. And for us it’s clear: quality first not speed. London is insisting on speed. We are insisting on quality.

So in 2020 we speak now about the future relationship, especially on trade. And one principle is clear. If you are leaving the European Union, you are losing the advantages of the club. That’s not punishment.

And EPP Group MEP David McAllister, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee which is leading work on the future EU-UK relationship, expressed concern about the time pressure in the upcoming negotiations.

Since the UK decision that the transitional period will only last until the 31st of December 2020, we are under quite some time pressure. We will need to prioritise and our priorities are: trade on the one hand and a closer cooperation on security - internal security, external security - on the other hand. And our principles are very clear that we will not accept any kind of violation of the integrity of the European Union, the Single Market and the Customs Union. And a level playing field is key. The more the United Kingdom is willing to cooperate under our accepted standards, the closer our cooperation can be.
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  • Laura Barrios
    EPP TV Assistant Producer