“There are thirteen weeks left before the October European Council. During this time, we have two things to do:
– We must finalise the Withdrawal Agreement. We are not yet there.
– We must prepare a political declaration on our future relationship.”
The College of Commissioners has today decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘Permanent European Union Citizenship’.
The EP’s Brexit Steering Group (BSG), chaired by Guy Verhofstadt, met today and had an extensive exchange of views on the Chequers Statement of 6 July 2018, as well as on the White Paper just released by the UK Government. In a first reaction, it welcomed both the Statement and the White Paper by the UK Government as a step towards establishing a new relationship between the UK and the EU once the UK is no longer a Member State.
“The UK has decided to leave the European Union’s Single Market and the Customs Union. This means that Brexit will create friction to trade that does not exist today. For various economic sectors, this will have an impact on value chains, which are currently closely integrated across national borders of European countries. This will impact in particular manufacturing and logistics, as well as the agricultural and food sectors. The cost of Brexit will be substantially higher for the UK than for the EU. But Brexit is clearly a “lose-lose” situation for both.”