MEPs will vote on whether to back deal on future EU-UK relations

Lawmakers said they regret the divorce, but “the agreement is the best option to cushion against the worst effects of Brexit”

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On Tuesday evening, the EU Parliament will vote on whether to give its consent to the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and on a resolution setting out its evaluation of and expectations from the deal. Results will be announced on Wednesday at 9am. 

During a debate on the same day, Parliament’s political groups argued in favour of the agreement that sets the rules of the future EU-UK relationship.

Most MEPs as well as Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the Portuguese Council Presidency stressed they regret the UK’s departure but argued for voting in favour of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK. It is the best option to cushion against the worst effects of Brexit and to ensure the integrity of the Single Market, they added.

“We know it will not always be easy and there is a lot of vigilance, diligence and hard work ahead. But while today's vote is obviously an end – it is also the beginning of a new chapter. The choice is now whether today's vote will be the high watermark for EU-UK relations for the next decades. Or whether we see this as the foundation of a strong and close partnership based on our shared interests and values,” EC President von der Leyen stressed.

Referring to unilateral UK measures in breach of the Withdrawal Agreement and its protocol on Northern Ireland, most speakers argued that the agreement will provide additional legal tools to prevent and protect against unilateral divergence from the obligations to which both parties signed up.

The final vote this evening will mark the end of the parliamentary ratification process of the British withdrawal from the European Union, David McAllister (EPP, DE), AFET Chair, stated.

After four months of intense scrutiny, MEPs also underlined that Parliament will continue to play an active role in closely monitoring that the UK fully carries out its obligations, he added.


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