“The Brexit negotiations are entering their decisive phase. Various scenarios are still possible today, but I would like to stress that some of Prime Minister May’s proposals from Chequers indicate a positive evolution in the UK’s approach as well as a will to minimise the negative effects of Brexit.”
The notification, by the United Kingdom, of its intention to withdraw from the EU does not have the consequence that execution of a European arrest warrant issued by that Member State must be refused or postponed
“Our proposal for the backstop on Ireland and Northern Ireland has been on the table since February. It is an insurance policy to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, whatever the future relationship will bring. It reflects our agreement with the UK in December 2017, confirmed by Prime Minister Theresa May in her letter to President Tusk in March. We are ready to improve this proposal.”
“The principles of the EU in these negotiations are well-known and have been consistent for the last two years. They have been defined by the EU leaders, with a great sense of responsibility for the European project and the integrity of the single market.”
“The European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG) is deeply concerned by reports that the UK Home Office is considering processing applications for “settled status” by EU citizens on an alphabetical basis.”
“The UK has been an EU member for 45 years. We share common values and have a number of common interests. The UK, which is a member of the G7 and the UN Security Council, can be an important partner of the EU, economically and strategically. In the current geopolitical context, we have an interest not only to strengthen the EU’s role in the world but to cooperate with the UK as a close partner.”
The BSG reiterates that in relation to the WA it will accept no backsliding from past commitments, notably those entered into in the Joint Report of 8 December 2017. To conclude the WA it is essential, in particular, that it includes a “backstop” for the Northern Ireland/Ireland border.