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Live coverage of the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg with a debate on the conclusions of the European Council summit from 29 April.


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Tomorrow this parliament will vote against the persecution of... I call

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upon the responsible people to protect potential victims. Use them

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to honour international commitments on freedoms and fight against

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discrimination. Today is the International Day against LGBT

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discrimination. We must make strong commitment against discrimination in

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the world, including those based on sexual orientation.

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TRANSLATION: The setting is resumed. The first items on the agenda is a

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statement from the council and commission of the European Council,

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I give the floor to President Donald Tusk. Members of the European

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Parliament, I would like to report the outcome of the first formal

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meeting of the European Council of 27, which took place on the 29th of

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April. Are main purpose was to adopt political guidelines for the Brexit

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negotiations. The mandates which set out the overall principles,

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objectives and process. Today the European Council update as Council

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-- and the mandate, the European Council will update the mandate as

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the talks get underway. This is based on a phased approach. This

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means, simply, there will be no discussion of the framework for our

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future relations with Britain before sufficient progress is made on

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ensuring an orderly withdrawal. Leaders fully supported this logic.

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To ensure an orderly withdrawal, we first and foremost need to address

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the situation of more than 4 million people whose lives will be directly

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impacted by Brexit. On both sides. In a very real way. -- real way, the

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future depends on the outcome of those talks. It is our

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responsibility to produce the best for citizens, the union and the

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families. That means guarantees that are effective, enforceable,

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non-discriminatory, and comprehensive. Accompanied by simple

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and smooth administrative procedures. There is a need to act

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quickly, and so we ready. Now we must move from shading objective to

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ensuring that citizens get the necessary guarantees. That is also

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why I welcome the fact that the commission has already listed a

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number of detailed requirements. The second priority in the first

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phase is the need to agree that all financial commitments undertaken by

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the EU of 28 will also be honoured by the UK. And thirdly, in order to

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protect the peace and reconciliation process described by the Good Friday

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agreement, we must aim to avoid a hard border between the Republic of

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Ireland and Northern Ireland. Only once there is sufficient progress on

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these priorities can we proceed to the next phase of the negotiations

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about our future relations. And it will be for the European Council of

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27 to assess and decide if and when we have achieved sufficient

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progress. When it comes to our future, the European Council shares

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the UK's desire to establish a close partnership. It is obvious, however,

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that a relationship between the European Union and a non-member

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state cannot offer the same benefits as EU membership. It is clear that a

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free-trade agreement between the EU and the UK, which is what the UK has

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chosen, even if it is ambitious and wide-ranging, cannot mean

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participation in the single market or its parts. And at the same time,

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the UK must be aware that any free-trade agreement will have to

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ensure a level playing field and encompass safeguards against unfair

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competitive advantages through inter alia, tax, social, environmental and

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regulatory measures and practices. Today, it is too early to tell much

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more about our common future but we will make our guidelines more

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precise when the time comes, namely when sufficient progress in the

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first phase is achieved. Leaders responded with the urgency that the

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situation requires. There will be very little time to conclude

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withdrawal talks within the framework foreseen by the treaty.

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Time is of the essence here and much is at stake. Next Monday, the

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Council will adopt a set of negotiating directives proposed by

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the chief negotiator on the basis of the guidelines we adopted an 29th of

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April. These cover the three issues I have just mentioned, plus a number

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of other matters that need to be addressed in the first phase of the

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negotiations. Since the referendum in June last year, we, the EU 27,

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have been united, consistent and demonstrated solidarity with one

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another. What was and remains most important for me is that our conduct

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in these talks will show the European Union at its best in terms

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of unity, political solidarity and fairness towards the UK. Finally, I

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can only praise the European Parliament and its leaders for the

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role they have played. Thanks and appreciation for your constructive

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assistance. This bodes well, not only for the future of the

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negotiations, but our future as a union of 27. Thank you. APPLAUSE

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TRANSLATION: Now I give the floor to Jean-Claude Juncker, the president

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of the European Commission. The president of the European Council,

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colleagues... And members of this house, I will speak in all three of

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our important working languages. I will start in English,

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congratulating President Task on last month's European Council. I

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have attended more summits than I care to remember and never I have a

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-- never have I seen agreement reached so quickly. I can assure you

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this does not happen by accident. It is in fact testimony to the work of

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all member states and all EU institutions, the work they have

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done together since last June. Michel Barnier and his team have

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been up and running across Europe, to make sure every voices heard. I

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would like to pay tribute to him. I want to wish them luck for the

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negotiations as I know he will leave nothing to chance. This is exactly

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the same approach that President Task and I have always taken. The

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Council conclusions from April and the calf negotiation and the

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problems by the commission earlier this month are speaking for

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themselves. I'm confident the draft mandate will be adopted by the

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Council next Monday, 22nd of May. The process shows how united and

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prepared the European Union will be. It underlines how deep is our

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commitment to transparency already is. This is why I see no need for me

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this morning to go into any more detail about the negotiations Michel

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Barnier will do later this morning. This negotiation is now in the hands

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of our capable divorce lawyers. Miss your the president... TRANSLATION: I

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would like to underline that in the sidelines of this European Council,

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we concluded three important agreements that confirmed it is

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often in the sidelines that the best work gets done. The first agreement

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between Denmark and Europol is particularly important for citizen

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security because it will allow a sufficient level of cooperation to

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be pursued, particularly in the exchange of operational data. The

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second agreement is between Portugal and Spain about temporary deposit of

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nuclear waste. And thirdly, the agreement with Slovenia and Croatia

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to find operational solutions on the to find operational solutions on the

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ground do have better territorial management and cooperation of the

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Borders in the two countries. And in each of these negotiations, the

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Commission put out a bridge between differing positions, pursuing

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negotiations right until agreements were retrieved and without the

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Commission, these agreements would not have seen the light of day.

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People often say the Commission should deal with its own house and

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not interfere in others' problems. However, if the Commission does not

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deal with others' problems, they remain. These three agreements, I

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think, speak much louder than fine words. Europe is a constant effort

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to build bridges, to try to find agreements or come up with

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compromises. That is the commission's mission, which it will

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continue to pursue. I would like to warmly thanked the Parliament for

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the constant support that you lend us in our mission. Presents ladies

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and gentlemen, this unity which we have been able to demonstrate in the

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Council will be our guiding principle during the Brexit

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negotiations. This is in the interest of citizens and it is also

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in your interests that we don't consider exclusively on the Brexit

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issue but on the broader programme and we have to do that with the help

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of the Parliament. The first half of the Commission's mandate, we, the

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Commission, together with your Parliament, achieved a great deal.

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Also because we were always able to sing from the same hymn sheet. We

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did not only implement the investment plan very quickly... To

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the tune of 1.83 billion in 28 member states. We have -- 100 83

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billion. We have also set up the European border coastguard which can

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help better protect our borders. Together with the trade agreement

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with Canada, we have taken a major step forward. This agreement secures

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jobs and makes it very clear that European standards and rules have is

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to be applied at international level. These are three examples,

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just to remind you that we can do a great deal with full forces. This

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unity is key in our thinking and in our actions and that will continue

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to be our motto in the second half of the commission's mandate. For

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example, in connection with setting up a true single digital market. We

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have tabled 35 proposals, some still need to be fine tuned. We need the

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active cooperation of the Parliament 2%. The second half of our mandate,

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which is also the second half of your legislature, we need to use

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this time to deliver so that people can really feel that Europe is

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contributing something and that is going to be tested at the next

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European elections. Thank you very much. APPLAUSE

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TRANSLATION: Thank you, Mr President. And good morning to

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Michel Barnier, the chief Brexit negotiator. Let's now have the group

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spokesman and firstly, the European people's party. TRANSLATION:

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President and president in office, President of the commission, my

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congratulations to you on taking such a rapid decision. My

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congratulations to you on reaching such a rapid decision. I

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congratulate first and foremost Donald task but equally, Michel

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Barnier, who has been entrusted with the task of being chief negotiator

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by Jean-Claude Juncker and he is doing an excellent job of

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preparation. We are determined to remain united. We are resolute and I

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what the EU 27 has done hitherto. We what the EU 27 has done hitherto. We

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have been very clear as to the methodology we envisage. We feel

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first of all, we need to discuss withdrawal, then we will move on to

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discuss the future partnership. We have consistently said we are

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against cherry picking. We have consistently said that a third state

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cannot enjoy the same status as a member country. And we have a very

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clear expectation which is that the expectations of the people of Europe

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have got to be met which means that we have to take into account the

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interests of the 78% of the people of Europe who have expressed this

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view and therefore, the EBP is resolute in supporting -- the EPP is

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resolute in supporting these basic principles, and other principles

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like keeping families together. We are aware, having been in Ireland

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last year, that families are affected by the border situation in

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Ireland, and we want to be quite clear to the Irish that we are

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behind them, that we understand the need for solidarity, that we support

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them in giving them the certainty and assurance that they can be

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together and supported by their family. We also look, in the context

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of the Brexit negotiations, to the situation in Europe. Might I remind

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you that at the beginning of the year, we saw the right, the

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anti-Europeans, the alt right, saying this would of the world, the

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birth of a new world, the birth of an entirely new set up. That member

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is not here today but many of our supporters are not here today either

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but I would like to say that we should cast our thoughts back and

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think what we were told were having and see what is actually happening

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now in 2017. Nigel Farage, for example, is now defending a party

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which is politically dead in the UK. It is without leadership. Indeed, it

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could even be said that he is not standing for Parliament and this is

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a cowardly decision. It is clear that his policy has led to

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constructing of borders. This is the threat which hangs over Northern

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Ireland and Ireland, very clearly. It is also clear that whatever

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discussions took place with Donald Trump, he has certainly discussed

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many things, even if Donald Trump has now got so much more to do he

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possibly does not have time to have any conversations at the moment. But

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it is very clear that this line which has been espoused by Nigel

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Farage and his followers is going to bring huge danger and indeed,

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disaster for much of his country. If we cast our eyes back again, there

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were expectations that Geert Wilders would win the election and that the

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rise of the AFD and neo-Nazis in Germany which he huge problem for

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Europe of the future. In France, the possibility was clear that the

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victory of Marine Le Pen was a clear possibility on the cards, so we were

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told, once again. She denied the need for respect of constitutional

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law. Now she is supposed to be brought before the judiciary in

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France. She can't even raising these years from her political family in

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France. Half the French population is clearly prepared to state that

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they are afraid of her policies. This is what remains of the populism

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which was rearing its ugly head last year but now, look, it has failed.

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It has been defeated and this gives us an opportunity for a fresh start,

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to revitalise Europe. This is a very good balance sheet for the first

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half of 2017. We have recently elected a new

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French president, we can see that the new partnership between the new

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leader of France and the German chancellorship is an excellent one.

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We can see that the engine room of the European Union is functioning

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strongly, we can see that we have good priorities, sound priorities

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for the future of Europe, and finally I would like to say, we're

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now seeing fresh impetus, the winds of change are blowing through Europe

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and we need to capitalise on this and make sure that we make the

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absolute most of it throughout the European Union. We need to

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capitalise on the opportunities we have. Look at what is happening in

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America, questioning of the Paris climate agreement. We have been the

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vanguard of this movement, and thanks to the work of the

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commission, we have achieved higher growth rates than America has in the

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European Union. So great throughout Europe, we have achieved much. We

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have proper medical insurance, and people who are unwell people have

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access to health. While in America they are destroying Obama gear, and

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millions of people cannot afford health care in the first place. We

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have tried and tested proven achievements here, we have shown you

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can achieve things through diplomacy. We have also shown you

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can overcome crisis and we need to speak loudly and clearly about the

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huge successes we have achieved. Thank you. Our next speaker. On

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behalf of the Allies socialist Democrats. TRANSLATION: Thank you.

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The speedy adoption of the negotiation guidelines for the

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withdrawal of the UK is a good signal, a sign of unity, which we

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contributed to with our resolution, helping in the drafting of our final

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text. Who would have thought we would be split have got it wrong. We

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now have a fear line as far as now have a fear line as far as

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Brexit is concerned in the European Union, and an excellent negotiator

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whom we fully back. We want a feed agreement protecting the interests

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of citizens, which respects the rights and duties which derive from

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our treaties and which will allow us to have the UK as our close partner

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in the future, although of course it will never have the same benefits as

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a full member state will have. We need to use the limited amount of

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time available, and a timetable for negotiations in the guidelines is

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vitally important. Mini to make sure we have an orderly withdrawal for

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the UK and that it be marked by key progress on the most important

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issues. We don't want anything to happen to imperil the peace process

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in Northern Ireland, so we are very pleased with the guidelines of the

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proposal for a directive and we need to protect all citizens of the UK,

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no matter where they live work, whether it is the UK or the union.

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We are talking about a series of interconnected issues, social

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Security, the freedom of movement of workers, professional

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qualifications, no discrimination and the whole thing under the

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jurisdiction of the European Court of justice. Our Parliament is aware

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that discussions with the UK cannot lead to an agreement of those

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conditions are not met, and we are confident that no matter what

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government the UK has after the UK elections, we will see constructive

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negotiations which will be given soon, so to give confidence and

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proper environment for companies in the UK and the European Union.

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Parliament and our group at ready to contribute to this in a positive way

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and we need to snatch the opportunity we have to breathe new

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life into the European Union. We are proud of the European Union, but we

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do not want to leave it at that. We want the commission and member

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states to be bold, we want them to make significant progress along the

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road which this Parliament has traced out. More investment, more

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reform, more solidarity, more democracy. We are ready to go on

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that avenger, and everyone needs to come with us. Thank you. On the half

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of the European Conservatives and reformists, I give the floor.

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TRANSLATION: Thank you, President, colleagues. Some things,

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particularly in politics, words have their weight. And those we have

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heard in the last weeks, it had been followed by facts, would have been a

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huge blow in terms of relations between the UK and the EU. -- if

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they had been followed by facts. This cannot be about revenge.

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Whatever the opinions are in this chamber, there is one thing we have

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to be very clear and unified on. It is in the interest of both parties

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to arrive at a feed agreement today benefit of everyone. Citizens have

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to be our priority. -- arrive at a fear agreement. We need to look at

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rates on fundamental issues such as trade agreements because it is not

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only regulations in terms of the relationship to the EU and a third

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country at stake, but far more. What is at stake has direct impact on

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jobs, lights, families, people, security, in a time marked by

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various ongoing terrorist threats. We have to keep that in mind. It

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will not be a Brexit stirred by rage on both sides. It is not about

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punishment, it should be based on creating relationship with the UK

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which allows us to review the way that the EU works and which allows

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us to understand why British people felt they would be better off

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outside the EU than with inept. And despite the results of the

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elections, we should ask ourselves why millions of British citizens,

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Dutch and French citizens as well, others as well, have felt it was

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important to vote in such an anti-European Way. It think that is

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the question we have to ask ourselves. It is time to look

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ourselves in the mirror. It is not enough to simply continue business

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as usual, but people want change, they want specific responses. So

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basically now it is about taking this opportunity and negotiations

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between London and Brussels to reflect and discuss about ourselves

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and where the EU is going. In the ECR, for a long time we have been

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stating it was necessary to review the treaties to come up with new

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rules of the game to make the union more open and flexible. And now,

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we're seeing the French President Macron, and the German Chancellor

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Angela Merkel want to change the treaties. But that is not enough. We

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need to say in which direction they need to be changed. If the direction

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is less Europe, more flexibility, more tax competition, more

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respectful national parliaments, then I think that is the right

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approach, but if the direction once again is, as we fear, more Europe,

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more rigidity, more tax harmonisation and more imposed from

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top down from Brussels, that would be Permalink our future. Leg cutter.

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Not think about -- let us think about how we can change, and renew

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confidence in the future. This is the commitment we are taking. Thank

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you very much. On Brexit, everything has been said, I think. We have a

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mandate that is the unity of the position of the European Union of

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the 27, of the three institutions, I think also everything is going well

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with the negotiation directives that will be approved on Monday. So I

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think there is only one thing to do now, to start the negotiations. And

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to start them as fast as possible. We have to wait for the outcome of

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the British election, but after the 8th of June, let us start. I would

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like to talk about something related to Brexit, which is the future of

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the European Union and the reform of the European Union, and because it

:39:23.:39:27.

should be a mistake to put all their energy only in Brexit in the coming

:39:28.:39:30.

years. At least the same energy, if not more energy, we have to put in

:39:31.:39:35.

the reform, the future of the European Union. Three times in a

:39:36.:39:37.

row, the nationalist and populist row, the nationalist and populist

:39:38.:39:44.

have been beaten, in Austria, the Netherlands and in France. I think

:39:45.:39:47.

that did not happen by accident. I think Brexit played an important

:39:48.:39:54.

role in this. People all over Europe have been shocked by the decision of

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Great Britain to leave the European Union. Do not misunderstand me,

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people today are very critical towards the European Union, and for

:40:10.:40:12.

good reason. What they do not want to do is what Britain did, to leave

:40:13.:40:20.

the European Union. And it is very clear, Austria did not want an exit,

:40:21.:40:37.

the French did not want a Frexit. We cannot make one mistake, and that is

:40:38.:40:43.

to think no, it is over. Populism and nationalism have been defeated.

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And I heard this reaction all too often in the European circles.

:40:49.:40:55.

Relief that Marie Le Pen lost, let's go to the normal agenda and do

:40:56.:40:59.

business as usual. But I think that one mistake we cannot make, that is

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to think that people voted for President Macron for change, and not

:41:07.:41:12.

the status quo. Not for a standstill. They voted for radical

:41:13.:41:16.

change in France, but also in Europe. So the best thing to do is

:41:17.:41:20.

to back his reformist agenda, but we all know now. And you Euro budget

:41:21.:41:28.

with the Minister of Finance for Europe, with the

:41:29.:41:49.

I think it is really time now to use this fix it negotiation for a new

:41:50.:42:14.

vision and for a new future for Europe. In fact, a future that our

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young people want, look at what is happening for Europe in more than

:42:21.:42:28.

100 cities, overall in Europe, asking for more democratic European

:42:29.:42:35.

Union. I call this audacity, and that brings me to paraphrase.

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TRANSLATION: Boldness that we can save Europe.

:42:50.:42:57.

behalf of the United European left. Thank you very much. I would be

:42:58.:43:21.

delighted to be able to share this hope and conviction and optimism

:43:22.:43:25.

about the saving of the European Union. I absolutely endorse the

:43:26.:43:30.

principles, but the actual approach as to how we achieve it is something

:43:31.:43:36.

I may need to beg to differ. It is true that we need to drop

:43:37.:43:41.

confidences from the Brexit vote. The citizens voted, we need to

:43:42.:43:45.

commit ourselves to what sort of European Union we want as a result

:43:46.:43:49.

of this. We cannot just leave the shaping of the European Union up to

:43:50.:43:53.

the government 's. We need to shape the European Union ourselves for our

:43:54.:43:57.

citizens, and this is what is at stake, and what we must fight for.

:43:58.:44:01.

This is why the negotiations on Brexit have got to be used for us to

:44:02.:44:08.

make resoundingly clear that we cannot have a simplistic solution.

:44:09.:44:16.

It would be all too easy to say we vanquish populism through the votes

:44:17.:44:18.

in France and the Netherlands, but this cannot possibly be justified.

:44:19.:44:24.

We have got to recognise there are still too many people who will

:44:25.:44:26.

support authoritarian populism, and we have to counter this and we need

:44:27.:44:30.

a strong counter narrative that shows the European Union has a value

:44:31.:44:37.

of its own in, of and for itself, which is why we need to show that if

:44:38.:44:44.

we aspire to protect the European Union, we have two constantly renew

:44:45.:44:50.

that we need a Europe that meets demands of citizens, and if we do

:44:51.:44:56.

not renew in this way, then Google fell. However positive our approach,

:44:57.:44:59.

we will fail unless we take into account the expectations and wishes

:45:00.:45:03.

of the people such as the trade unions, such as the trade unions

:45:04.:45:10.

that spoke about social pillar of Europe. We need to build this for

:45:11.:45:13.

them and build on the initial steps that have been taken, we need to

:45:14.:45:18.

look at the implications of freedom of movement. It is a valid principle

:45:19.:45:24.

in theory, but it has to work for the citizens in Europe, as the

:45:25.:45:27.

supporters of work directives have to work. We cannot have a system

:45:28.:45:33.

that only works for some citizens, and a situation where many cannot

:45:34.:45:37.

even endorse the basic principles of the European Union any more. We need

:45:38.:45:43.

a social Europe which transcends frontiers, then we can have a proper

:45:44.:45:46.

European social policy, social pillar which will speak to our

:45:47.:45:48.

citizens. This is what we should be

:45:49.:45:56.

prioritising now. We've only seen initial steps towards this and have

:45:57.:45:59.

not got anything like far enough yet and there are still far too many

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counter movement is coming from the European member states, for example,

:46:03.:46:09.

in the CSU, that is not in favour of paternity rights or certain

:46:10.:46:12.

provision for older workers. This is a problem. We have got to have the

:46:13.:46:16.

courage of our convictions and address these very fundamental

:46:17.:46:21.

principles. We have been aware of the fact there were problems even

:46:22.:46:24.

before Brexit. We have been aware of the fact that for example, young

:46:25.:46:32.

people have aspirations and we are not delivering on them. There are

:46:33.:46:37.

problems with, for example, being allowed to draw benefits in other

:46:38.:46:44.

countries with child benefit and all kinds of other welfare provisions.

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So we have got to resolve some of these difficulties and make sure the

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system works for the people rather than against them. This is what I

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said to you because this is a completely different approach to the

:46:54.:46:57.

future of the EU from what you are recommending. Thank you.

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TRANSLATION: On behalf of the Greens, now. TRANSLATION: Thank you,

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Mr President. Colleagues, I am pleased that Parliament and Council

:47:08.:47:11.

have managed to agree to a large extent on a negotiating mandate with

:47:12.:47:17.

the UK, which is not revenge -based and is not naive. Of course, there

:47:18.:47:25.

are a series of problems which will be caused by Brexit and a series of

:47:26.:47:29.

priorities we need to address. Are we going to learn the lessons from

:47:30.:47:35.

Brexit? I hope that is the case. We avoided the worst in the

:47:36.:47:42.

Netherlands, Austria and France. Populist national forces, though,

:47:43.:47:44.

are reaching considerable numbers of the people and are gaining electoral

:47:45.:47:50.

success. Abstentions and spoiled ballots showed the extent to which

:47:51.:47:58.

citizens have sounds confident in Europe and its institutions shaken.

:47:59.:48:01.

This feeling of loss of identity, fear they will lose what they have

:48:02.:48:05.

got, the recent success of the National front shows that

:48:06.:48:10.

globalisation in particular and to let -- technological advances are a

:48:11.:48:18.

major cause of the loss of income and the unfair, even illegal

:48:19.:48:22.

distribution of wealth. Even if you look at what happens in Davos, in

:48:23.:48:28.

the World Trade Organisation, even the European Commission, our

:48:29.:48:30.

economic system is basically forgetting about a large number of

:48:31.:48:36.

the citizens. But changes in technology and globalisation need to

:48:37.:48:40.

work for everyone. So we need to do that, to train people, make them

:48:41.:48:47.

employable, and also, we need to activate workers who are out of a

:48:48.:48:56.

job. Alleviate the pressure, therefore, which forces people

:48:57.:48:58.

towards those parties which live on fear. So people feel that this

:48:59.:49:06.

cannot be stopped, that machines will replace human beings, but each

:49:07.:49:12.

robot, as MIT has told us, that is installed and gets rid of seven

:49:13.:49:16.

jobs, there is more casualisation of labour. Surely we need to rethink

:49:17.:49:20.

the way work is organised completely as well as our financial system.

:49:21.:49:25.

Let's have a robust social position which works for everyone and not

:49:26.:49:31.

just shareholders. -- social possession. We cannot keep levelling

:49:32.:49:35.

down. Even if that is what companies want. Globalisation should level up,

:49:36.:49:42.

should improve social, environmental and democratic standards. If those

:49:43.:49:46.

things happen, we will be able to show that we have learned the

:49:47.:49:49.

lessons of Brexit. We will be able to show that we are not interested

:49:50.:49:56.

in containing this wave, but we are pulling it back. That is the way our

:49:57.:50:02.

citizens will get the trust and confidence back in Europe, if they

:50:03.:50:05.

feel that their interests are being protected by us. We will be able,

:50:06.:50:11.

therefore, to integrate more in the European Union. That is the only way

:50:12.:50:16.

for us to get control of our destiny again. Thank you. APPLAUSE

:50:17.:50:30.

TRANSLATION: The group Europa. Mr Freud. Imagine you invited a very

:50:31.:50:34.

broad guest round for dinner and you made all the preparations, and there

:50:35.:50:37.

were some imported, confidential conversations that needed to be had,

:50:38.:50:40.

and you thought everything had gone well and yet, within hours, your

:50:41.:50:45.

guest had told the outside world that you, the host, were deluded.

:50:46.:50:49.

That you were living in a different galaxy. And then all the contents of

:50:50.:50:54.

the conversation were blabbed to an opposition newspaper and to add

:50:55.:51:00.

insult to injury, you say the food wasn't actually very good, either,

:51:01.:51:05.

and then a few days later, in a display of extreme petulance, you

:51:06.:51:09.

even deride the national language of the host which by the way, is

:51:10.:51:14.

looking a bit silly because last Saturday's extravaganza known as the

:51:15.:51:20.

Eurovision Song contest saw 90% of the songs sung in English. No, if

:51:21.:51:24.

you were the host and you had been treated like that, by somebody you

:51:25.:51:27.

thought was important and somebody you thought you could trust, I think

:51:28.:51:32.

you'd be asking yourself, were you dealing with a reasonable person? I

:51:33.:51:36.

don't know, Jean-Claude Juncker, whether this is how you carry on in

:51:37.:51:40.

Luxembourg, I doubt it, because in any other part of the civilised

:51:41.:51:44.

world, frankly, that behaviour would be considered to be rude and the act

:51:45.:51:50.

of a bully. Well, I will tell you something, your attempt to bully the

:51:51.:51:54.

Brits through this negotiation is not working. 68% now of the British

:51:55.:51:59.

people want Brexit to happen. And all of that on top of a ludicrous

:52:00.:52:05.

ransom that Michel Barnier wants, that I'm Todd has now doubled to 100

:52:06.:52:11.

billion euros. -- I'm told has now doubled. Either we get some

:52:12.:52:14.

grown-up, reasonable demands from the European Union, or the UK will

:52:15.:52:17.

be forced to walk away for the end of this year. We can't spend two

:52:18.:52:22.

years with this farce. There is a big world out there and I'm

:52:23.:52:26.

beginning to think that perhaps, I very rarely agree with Marxists but

:52:27.:52:31.

perhaps Yanis Varoufakis is right when he says about negotiating with

:52:32.:52:35.

the EU. It is a technocracy that is desperately clinging on to its own

:52:36.:52:41.

exorbitant and illegitimate power. You may have crushed Greek democracy

:52:42.:52:45.

two years ago, but you ain't going to do it to us. APPLAUSE

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TRANSLATION: The ENF. TRANSLATION: President, the special Council which

:53:01.:53:03.

met at the end of April confirmed that European integration has bought

:53:04.:53:09.

peace and prosperity to Europe. I wonder how many times the elite is

:53:10.:53:14.

going to continue to peddle business because prosperity and wealth are

:53:15.:53:18.

hardly what we have seen recently. There is unprecedented unemployment

:53:19.:53:23.

and there is no prospect of improvement for all to many people.

:53:24.:53:29.

Our frontier to the East is close to war because of what is going on in

:53:30.:53:34.

the Ukraine and there is a dictator further east who is at large. There

:53:35.:53:45.

is also a Brexit Road which has meant that the European Union will

:53:46.:53:50.

be no longer be EU project. -- also a Brexit vote. I would rather see

:53:51.:53:54.

the EU dismantle itself completely. What have we achieved? We have mass

:53:55.:53:58.

immigration, closed frontiers, closed borders. We want to see

:53:59.:54:04.

action taken. We want action against NGOs that are simply supporting

:54:05.:54:08.

human traffickers. We want action on the Libyan coast and I would say to

:54:09.:54:14.

you, closed the borders and take some action and resign. TRANSLATION:

:54:15.:54:24.

Mr Wolf. Thank you, we now know how the EU 27 leaders plan to negotiate

:54:25.:54:29.

with Brexit. On first glance, it appears reasonable but like

:54:30.:54:32.

everything the EU says, on closer inspection, you can see the

:54:33.:54:36.

malevolent intent of the EU that tempers no opposition to its

:54:37.:54:39.

control. Like a playground bully, it says no member state can talk to the

:54:40.:54:46.

UK separately, like an emperor, it grants in Spain a veto over

:54:47.:54:50.

Gibraltar, and like a jilted spouse, it says the UK cannot go out and get

:54:51.:54:55.

a new trade partner until the divorce is finalised or else. But

:54:56.:55:00.

for those of us in this chamber who want to bully us, threaten us, or

:55:01.:55:04.

demean us, may I remind you of the English poem by Rudyard Kipling

:55:05.:55:10.

about a Norman King warning his son about taking advantage of the

:55:11.:55:15.

English. "The Saxon is not like us Normans, his manners are not so

:55:16.:55:20.

polite, but he never means anything serious, till he talks about justice

:55:21.:55:25.

and right when he stands like an ox in the Faro, with his sullen eyes

:55:26.:55:30.

set on your own and says, this ain't fair dealing, my son, leave the

:55:31.:55:34.

Saxon alone". So when a French president says Brexit is a crime, we

:55:35.:55:37.

will say we will not be imprisoned by your rudeness. When a Maltese

:55:38.:55:42.

president says the UK deal must be an inferior deal, we will say, no

:55:43.:55:48.

deal is better than a bad deal. And when a German president says that

:55:49.:55:52.

without the EU, Britain cannot have its voice heard in the world, we

:55:53.:55:56.

will say, listen to the sounds of a free Britain, an independent

:55:57.:56:02.

Britain, and outwardly looking Britain, trading, growing and

:56:03.:56:05.

expanding in the world, looking forward and not backwards. Thank

:56:06.:56:10.

you. APPLAUSE TRANSLATION: The floor to Mr Royle.

:56:11.:56:21.

TRANSLATION: Mr President, colleagues, the assessment of Brexit

:56:22.:56:26.

is clear. It has to be done in orderly fashion and it has to

:56:27.:56:30.

effective. However, I don't think the weight has gone so far could be

:56:31.:56:34.

a model, Michel Barnier and the troops are prepared thoroughly, the

:56:35.:56:38.

parliament, the Council and Commission have looked for common

:56:39.:56:41.

ground and found it. It has been thoroughly prepared and very

:56:42.:56:46.

specific. It has been pragmatic and it is formulated based on common

:56:47.:56:50.

ground and that we will be strong in negotiations. If only we could do

:56:51.:56:54.

that in other areas, people would have what they want. They don't want

:56:55.:56:58.

a new dream or a new concept or any reforms. I don't believe that. They

:56:59.:57:03.

want results. They want successful European policies. They want to see

:57:04.:57:06.

that their concerns are being worked on by us as far as we can. Of

:57:07.:57:11.

course, we can't solve everything, part of the responsibility lies on

:57:12.:57:19.

member states, however, the precondition for the EU is that it

:57:20.:57:22.

should help to find common solutions. I think the response to

:57:23.:57:28.

Brexit and what people are actually calling for and going onto the

:57:29.:57:31.

streets and saying that Europe is great and that the answer to that,

:57:32.:57:36.

to come up with new plans and new regulation, is missing the point. We

:57:37.:57:40.

need to deliver and we need to demonstrate that European policy can

:57:41.:57:43.

help people's well-being in Europe and wealth. I think that is the

:57:44.:57:49.

path. I think the start of the Brexit negotiations, in its

:57:50.:57:53.

contribution, is sober and pragmatic. It is not hyped and even

:57:54.:58:03.

the Brits grumbling here, I think despite that, we are showing this is

:58:04.:58:08.

an excellent model for future cooperation. Now, you interrupted me

:58:09.:58:16.

but you have allowed others to speak longer so let's have equal treatment

:58:17.:58:24.

for all. TRANSLATION: We have to limit the speaking time. There is a

:58:25.:58:25.

new card. Accept it. Thank you to imagine we often warned

:58:26.:58:40.

that the translators have got it incorrect, but I know they got it

:58:41.:58:44.

right when you used the word troops. If you did, I don't think it is an

:58:45.:58:49.

appropriate word, when you talk as a German MEP, talking about

:58:50.:58:51.

negotiating with Britain about their freedom and sovereignty, to use the

:58:52.:58:58.

word troops, given the damage troops and wars have caused to this

:58:59.:59:04.

continent. So were the translators correct, and if they work, please

:59:05.:59:08.

withdraw the word troops. We have had enough troops and enough war on

:59:09.:59:13.

you very much. TRANSLATION: If I you very much. TRANSLATION: If I

:59:14.:59:17.

actually said that, then I certainly did not mean it like that and I

:59:18.:59:24.

apologise. What I meant was the European member states and

:59:25.:59:26.

institutions after work together, I did not mean any more than that. The

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version-macro Mrs Rodriguez. One and a half minutes.

:59:34.:59:40.

We have a clear line to deal with the Brexit, this is good news and

:59:41.:59:47.

creates good conditions for our negotiators to start their work. We

:59:48.:59:53.

can also devote more energy to deal with our own future. In both things,

:59:54.:59:59.

concern with citizens should be our concern with citizens should be our

:00:00.:00:06.

central focus. So when it comes, the road map for the future of the

:00:07.:00:08.

European Union, the starting point European Union, the starting point

:00:09.:00:13.

to define the road map is to build up a convincing social pillar,

:00:14.:00:17.

addressing the concerns of our peoples, but particularly dealing

:00:18.:00:25.

with the so-called revolution, we need to make sure they have a proper

:00:26.:00:30.

contract and full access to social protection. We need to build up

:00:31.:00:36.

welfare systems for the 21st century. We need to address every

:00:37.:00:42.

citizen concerns when we set new trade agreements in order to protect

:00:43.:00:46.

proper social and environmental standards. We need a new generation

:00:47.:00:50.

of these trade agreements. We need to address citizen concerns when

:00:51.:00:55.

managing migration and refugee managing migration and refugee

:00:56.:00:59.

crisis, we know that the real solution for this is to address the

:01:00.:01:04.

root of the problem by supporting neighbourhood development and peace

:01:05.:01:07.

building. All of this must be translated into the future. Our task

:01:08.:01:19.

is immense. That's why we should work now with a real focus on a

:01:20.:01:25.

scenario, which is not one or two or five, it should be a simple one,

:01:26.:01:32.

let's work together for much better solutions on the relevant

:01:33.:01:42.

priorities. TRANSLATION: Thank you, Madam President. To date, I will

:01:43.:01:52.

follow example and speak in French. The UK wants a fair, serious

:01:53.:01:57.

partnership with the European Union. We want an overall agreement dealing

:01:58.:02:04.

with economic relations as well as security matters, we want the

:02:05.:02:07.

European Union to behave well and do well after we leave. We want to

:02:08.:02:15.

protect the rights of European citizens, who are currently residing

:02:16.:02:21.

in the UK and we are convinced that our partners also want to protect

:02:22.:02:25.

the rights of British citizens living in Europe. As far as payments

:02:26.:02:29.

are concerned, we will of course meet every legal requirements. But

:02:30.:02:37.

you really shouldn't dream up these enormous figures and boost your

:02:38.:02:43.

coffers. We don't want controls at the border between Northern Ireland

:02:44.:02:48.

and the republic, nevertheless it is difficult to understand how it would

:02:49.:02:51.

work, since we don't even know what kind of trade relations we were

:02:52.:02:58.

having. The sooner we begin the negotiations early trade agreements,

:02:59.:03:01.

the more likely it is that they will be crowned with success. Let us work

:03:02.:03:08.

together to build a new relationship that benefits all our citizens,

:03:09.:03:10.

thank you. APPLAUSE

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Liberal group. 5 million European citizens are living their life in it

:03:21.:03:26.

frustration. It is the state of anxiety for thousands of EU and UK

:03:27.:03:31.

citizens with 7% reporting depression, some even suicidal. This

:03:32.:03:35.

is intolerable. The two parties in Brexit need quickly to agree to

:03:36.:03:40.

guarantee EU citizens rights to reside. This is about treating

:03:41.:03:43.

people with dignity, and allowing them to plan their lives, their

:03:44.:03:49.

learning and their loves. The British Government must stop blaming

:03:50.:03:54.

and start acting governmental. No calculating, no posturing, it the

:03:55.:03:58.

right out of the gate on the heads of agreement. All that is needed is

:03:59.:04:04.

one bold and generous political act and British agencies must tear down

:04:05.:04:07.

the barriers they have erected, which are causing daily frustration

:04:08.:04:13.

and fear for so many people. Outside the convention of nothing is agreed

:04:14.:04:18.

till everything is agreed, we need a comprehensive right to reside

:04:19.:04:21.

agreement first and we need that very, very quickly. Thank you. The

:04:22.:04:32.

council's guideline on Brexit give support to be Good Friday Agreement

:04:33.:04:36.

in all of its parts and that is crucially important. This is a

:04:37.:04:40.

commitment by the EU to not allow for any hardening of the border

:04:41.:04:44.

between the north and the size of Ireland. It is the commitment not to

:04:45.:04:49.

allow Irish and EU citizens, like myself, to be dragged out of the EU

:04:50.:04:54.

against our will. It is a recognition that the north of

:04:55.:04:58.

Ireland is not an internal matter for the United Kingdom, and a

:04:59.:05:03.

commitment that the people of the North will never again be left in

:05:04.:05:08.

mercy of a ruthless and reactionary British Government in London. Now

:05:09.:05:11.

that we have the guidelines, we should be beating some flesh on

:05:12.:05:15.

them, regarding no hardening of the border in Ireland and fully

:05:16.:05:19.

upholding the good Friday agreement and all of its parts. There should

:05:20.:05:23.

be no weakening of this commitment in a negotiation directive that is

:05:24.:05:28.

to be adopted next Monday. Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday

:05:29.:05:34.

agreement. It is the worst thing to have happened in Ireland since the

:05:35.:05:37.

last disaster in Ireland, which was the British partitioning of Ireland.

:05:38.:05:45.

Miss Anderson, will you accept a new card? Thank you for taking my blue

:05:46.:05:53.

card. As someone who does not want to see a hard border on both sides

:05:54.:05:59.

of the Northern Irish border, as you know my family are Irish citizens,

:06:00.:06:05.

my wife's family, I understand the motion that runs around this place,

:06:06.:06:09.

but surely, surely we need to look back to the Common travel area

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agreement which was first made between the Republic of Ireland, UK

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and indeed the other islands across the British Isles. The first one was

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made just after the birth of the Irish free State. Why can we not

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negotiate a new Common travel area after Brexit and surely on a

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bilateral basis? We don't need to worry and have concerns for people.

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The special relationship I believe is between Britain and Republic of

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Ireland. Can I say to you that the Common travel area does not resolve

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the Brexit disaster that will happen in Ireland and you should know that

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better than most. So be very clear, you talk about renegotiation, Tony

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Blair last week topped about renegotiating the Good Freddie

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Agreement. That is a no go area and the Common travel area does not

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solve the problem. You are deluding yourself if you think that is the

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solution. The only solution to the Brexit problem is that we have

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designated special staters for the North within the EU or Irish unity.

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Thank you. Mr Smith, one minute. Thank you. I pick up on your point

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about how Eurosceptics and populace have been beaten three times in

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recent elections, actually it is four. In Scotland we saw them of

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having -- handsomely. In favour of remaining with the European family

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and we remain in favour of remaining with our European family and

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Scotland will not be silent, passive bystanders within this process. I

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would also urge you that ready people of Scotland want to work with

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their friends and colleagues across the EU, there is a deliberate wilful

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agenda within UK politics to misrepresent and demonise this

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process and the personalities involved within it, we have heard it

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today. Don't give them more ammunition, don't give them what

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they want. This is them getting their excuses and early. Brexit

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would have gone great except for those blooming foreigners. Don't

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give them what they want, it is not in Scotland's name. On the

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guidelines, I read them with a heavy hard but I see little to dislike. I

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would urge the suspension of the everything is agreed principle for

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Citizen's right. You could give real impetus to this by committing to an

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early agreement on this issue, we could make that work there for all

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of citizens. Thank you. Transition that thank you, Madam chair. In this

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chamber, there is a motive lingering that the most difficult conditions

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for the UK to exit the EU. We remember the times when Lithuania

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had expressed their willingness to become independent and Lithuanians

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also wanted to exit the soviet union in an orderly fashion. There were so

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many things being discussed that billions of years the unions owed to

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the soviet union and the liabilities they had caused the Soviet Union and

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we are very much surprised with the attitude of the European Council.

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What logic to we have to demand the UK to keep with all its

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international liabilities and commitments? Which Wendy became any

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EU member state. TRANSLATION: The withdrawal of Britain from the

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European Union is something that should be negotiated between adults

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and yet too many people are behaving in a child's playground fashion.

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Throwing stones in the direction of the UK and issuing threats. This is

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not the way to show political maturity. It is important to

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referendum. You talked about page referendum. You talked about page

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two parties. Some of what he said fits better with the Greens than

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with the PPP. But it is clear that in the Netherlands, there was a big

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vote. 34% of people in France voted for Mrs Le Pen. Was excluded from

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the final race because of corruption suspicions. We cannot continue in

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this way. TRANSLATION: Despite the expressions

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of optimism about the future of the European Union we have heard this

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morning, the picture is not a good one. We are hearing about the

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ability of the EU to withstand international competition from China

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and the United Kingdom when it leaves. The UK might leave it before

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its bill is finally settled, that would work in the interests of the

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people of Europe. -- that would not work. Either we would serve the

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monopolies that run the European Union and it wouldn't help the UK

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either. It's important we see what happens with British British capital

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after Brexit and we make sure the interest of the European -- British

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people. It is only through overthrowing capitalist power and

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freeing ourselves from the European Union and Nato that we can have a

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proper union for the interests of people will be served.

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TRANSLATION: We can clearly see what the consequences would be in Ireland

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of Brexit to a country which became a symbol of reconciliation and

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success of joining the EU. Ireland is a good case study of unintended

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costs of Brexit, but it is also the tip of the iceberg. Each and every

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country has its own Brexit agenda, there are consequences from

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Gibraltar to Poland for our country, what is important is the lives of

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Polish citizens who are living in the UK and the and a becoming

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victims of Brexit. I am happy that the EU 27 have quickly found a

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negotiating platform, a good sign of unity when facing this huge

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challenge that the Brexit is. Now we are estimating our costs, but not

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only costs, like you said, now in 2017, we are looking at what the

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future with more optimism. There are fewer and fewer Brexit followers and

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more and more people who understand the role and the strength of Europe

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in the world. Thank you. The European Council guidelines set out

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much more clearly than anything the British Government has produced what

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the issues are in these negotiations. We still don't know,

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it nearly a year after the referendum, what the British

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Government hopes to achieve in terms of access to the single market and

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the customs union, in terms of how it intends to protect British

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farmers, if they are no longer part of the Common Market with an agreed

:14:28.:14:31.

system of subsidies across Europe, what's going to happen to British

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fishermen, we don't know what's going to happen to British

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participation in the various technical agencies, the aviation

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agency, the medicine agency, chemicals and so on. His

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certifications are a requirement for selling in the single European

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market. We only have silenced in the British Government. Yet, there are

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nearly a thousand issues, more than that, that need to be settled in

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this negotiation. We still don't know what the British Government's

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intention is. Far from providing strong and stable leadership, Mrs

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May is actually providing desperate and a deluded leadership to the

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British people. APPLAUSE

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TRANSLATION: One minute. TRANSLATION: Since the Brexit vote,

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we have seen on both sides of the Channel that people's views are

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becoming more entrenched. People are taking up a position and the people

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you hope might have been reasonable are simply fuelling the fire and

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fanning the flames. I'm thinking among other things of commission

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President Juncker. The reality Brexit will be very tough for many

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individuals. It is not just a question of the tug of war of

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negotiations. For years, it has been a question of jobs and unemployment.

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But I would like to give you the example of fisheries which might be

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said to be a small sector but could actually be one where the situation

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for coastal communities and many families is disastrous. 50% of the

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Dutch fishing is done in British waters and access has to be

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guaranteed for their livelihood to be guaranteed. The European Union

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should be there for the people. It is not a case of the people being

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there for the interests of the union. Let's all be constructive and

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try to come up with a rational and reasonable compromise. After 29, we

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desperately needed. All of us. MEP Weber said the winds of change are

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buying three Europe. I don't disagree with him. Changes on the

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way. The representative from the easy mentioned change and so have

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others. Apparently, there is a process underweight to decide what

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that change will be, called the White Paper on the future of Europe.

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However, to know what the winds of change are and what direction they

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are going in, you must consult with the people. We were told last March

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we would be consulted with. We were told that there would be a series of

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future of Europe debates to harvest and harness the opinions of the

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desired way forward. Last week, I Met Commissioner Hogan, he knew

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nothing about this progress. Yesterday, I asked Jean-Claude

:17:28.:17:33.

Juncker at a meeting, where is the process? No one can tell you. If the

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winds of change are coming, surely we should talk to the people?

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Perhaps Donald Tusk can tell me where will these meetings take

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place? When will the consultation take place? Because if you are

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serious about it, you have to talk to us. Have you any news because no

:17:49.:17:53.

one can tell me. Thank you. TRANSLATION: Mrs Atkinson. Everyone

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seems a bit embarrassed by Mr Juncker and his chief of staff,

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including Donald Tusk, Mrs Merkel and Mr Bonney. You also think that

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we are being observed by other planets, you are quoted in the

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French press, because I can read French. You accuse Mrs May of living

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on another planet but I think it is you, Mr Juncker, living on your own

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planet. You are an embarrassment and you should step down. Mr Corbett

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praises the EU for their negotiating stance but nobody is listening to

:18:28.:18:30.

his leader back at home. You are going to be annihilated in the

:18:31.:18:34.

polls. You know, you are being run by a Marxist so... Mrs Beard sounds

:18:35.:18:41.

quite mad, completely and utterly mad and her party is going to be

:18:42.:18:43.

wiped out at the next general election. But the good news is that

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70% of the British public support Brexit. We are a resilient bunch. We

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want well for you -- we won the war for you in World War II. Thank you,

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Madam, come to waking vision, please. The reality will take place

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with the EU 27 and business because business... Thank you, Madam, could

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you conclude, please. I am sorry, you have overrun your speaking time.

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You need to conclude. You know love to have the microphone. Thank you.

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The next speaker, please. TRANSLATION: Thank you, Madam

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President, there is no such thing as a happy divorce but it might be less

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painful if the two sides behave with fair play. Theresa May's government

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I think understood this in Council. Their representative abstained on

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measures which would be applied after 2019. Bit by bit, though, they

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are putting vetoes on two issues which are crucially important for

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the union and the union alone, the revision of the MSF has been

:19:52.:19:55.

postponed, and recently the UK minister opposed the creation of a

:19:56.:20:02.

general European headquarters. This had been thought about for many

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years and it would be the first step towards a Europe of defence. Why

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would they want to weaken the union when they are leaving it? Our joint

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interest is to have a strong European Union, with the UK as a

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strong, privileged partner. If this happens again, the 27 will have to

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learn to work together, not just when it comes to negotiating Brexit

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but on all matters which will no longer be relevant for the UK. It is

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not a good thing for either side. Thank you, Madam President.

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TRANSLATION: President, colleagues, isn't it astounding how offended

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some of the British colleagues, particularly on the right side of

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the house, claimed to be, because they are saying that the EU

:20:57.:21:03.

politicians are attacking the UK and offending it is to mark I don't

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think that is the case. I myself and I think this applies to many

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colleagues are always completely shocked about how unprepared and

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irresponsible the British politicians in the Brexit camp are,

:21:15.:21:18.

dealing with negotiations, and are not prepared to tell the truth to

:21:19.:21:22.

the British public, in other words, that you can't keep all the

:21:23.:21:26.

advantages of the EU and leave it at the same time. It is very simple if

:21:27.:21:29.

you think about it. However, for the Brexit camp, it is still far too

:21:30.:21:33.

complex. Now the situation is such that the British government is

:21:34.:21:46.

taking the MFF commitments hostage because the 6 billion euros are now

:21:47.:21:49.

being called into question. I hope that the UK Government will stick to

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its word and will allow this positive decision to go ahead after

:21:56.:21:58.

the election that put this on the agenda. I call upon the British

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government not to take the MFF negotiations hostage. TRANSLATION:

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Mr Nicholson, one minute. Thank you very much indeed, Madam President.

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Can I first of all say I welcome very much last week Mr Bonney's

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visit to the Republic of Ireland -- Mr Michel Barnier's visit to the

:22:23.:22:25.

Republic of Ireland and his assessment of how difficult the

:22:26.:22:28.

process is going to be. Let us be under no illusion, solving the

:22:29.:22:32.

problem of the border, be it hard or soft, in Northern Ireland and the

:22:33.:22:36.

Republic of Ireland, is going to be massive. Be under no illusions about

:22:37.:22:40.

that. But I welcome the attempts and his clear spelling out the problem.

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What I want to also make clear is that politicians in Dublin, nor

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Brussels, do not speak for the people of Northern Ireland. Northern

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Ireland will speak for itself and they will decide for themselves.

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They are an integral part of the UK and they will decide where the

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future will be and nobody else and none of this process will do so

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either. When I make that very clear, I do that with a degree of

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sincerity, so everybody understands where we stand. But I'm extremely

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concerned at the way in which this process is going and very concerned

:23:24.:23:28.

that we now have megaphone diplomacy across being dishtowel dishrag

:23:29.:23:37.

across the English Channel, instead of looking at how we will solve

:23:38.:23:41.

these problems in the future between us. We want good relations between

:23:42.:23:45.

the UK and the rest of Europe and I sincerely hope that both sides can

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realise that as this process goes forward and works to achieve that.

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Translation TRANSLATION: It is not possible to

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talk about Brexit as if those who are in government were not

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responsible for it because it is actually a direct result of the

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policies pursued by Mr Cameron but also Mrs Merkel and Mr Juncker, and

:24:15.:24:19.

the grand coalition that has been governing Europe. It is austerity

:24:20.:24:26.

policies in the UK which meant labour reform, university fees and

:24:27.:24:31.

more privatisation of the NHS. It is basically institutional racism also.

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Depicting immigrants as responsible for all of the woes of the country.

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The issue now is what the impact of Brexit will be on business but for

:24:43.:24:47.

real people, for us, the implications are other and we are

:24:48.:24:51.

concerned about guaranteeing the rights of Spaniards and many other

:24:52.:24:55.

nationals who are working in the UK and also, those people from the UK

:24:56.:24:58.

living and working in other EU countries. That is what we are

:24:59.:25:01.

concerned about and about guaranteeing the rights of workers

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cross-border and people who are working in Gibraltar. TRANSLATION:

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On the 4th of December last year, chairman, the extremists were

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defeated in Austria. In March, it happened in the Netherlands and it

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has just happened in France. No matter where it happens, it is

:25:27.:25:30.

important who we beat, we beat the people that think people from other

:25:31.:25:33.

member states are foreigners, people who want to build walls and close

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borders, we beat the people who are complaining on the basis of fear and

:25:38.:25:44.

hatred. The idea of a free Europe is a left right thing, it is not social

:25:45.:25:48.

democracy or progressives or conservatives, what will free Europe

:25:49.:25:59.

is Europe against anti-Europe. There are going to be elections in

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Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Let's learn the lessons,

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let's change the Europe of the institutions for a Europe of

:26:09.:26:11.

well-being, security, the rule of law, legal migration, plurality of

:26:12.:26:16.

the media. Too often we have confused Europe with its

:26:17.:26:19.

institutions. It is not its institutions, it is much more. The

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time of institutional inertia is over and Brexit put paid to that.

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TRANSLATION: Thank you. We note that Brexit was a victory for populism

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and demagogues and there are members here in the house who also

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contributed to misleading citizens. They said national interests were

:26:53.:26:54.

much more important than anything else. And Brexit has split society

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but we need to overcome that because if, as before, you look for enemies,

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you will never be able to heal these wounds. After the 29th of April, I

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think we got a clear picture of what the negotiations will look like, and

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how the two phases will pan out. I would like us to maintain close

:27:24.:27:28.

relations with the UK and also, the integrity of the single market and

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the fundamental freedoms that should be maintained. But in particular,

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what has to be clarified is the rights of EU citizens in the UK and

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conversely, the UK citizens in the EU because they have been working

:27:45.:27:51.

under a great deal of uncertainty now in terms of social rights,

:27:52.:27:59.

labour rights. These have to be granted on the basis of reciprocity.

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If that isn't possible, we won't be able to cooperate. TRANSLATION: I

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would have liked to see the UK staying in the European Union but

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the decision of the citizens is sovereign and must be respected but

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we must remain close to them because we need to stand together in the EU

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and the UK, to face the many challenges together, the economic

:28:25.:28:29.

challenges, through to terrorism. Therefore, it is essential that we

:28:30.:28:33.

address first the rights of the former European Union, as Donald

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Tusk said, the people who were both sides of the channel will be first

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and most affected by Brexit but we need to stand behind all our

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citizens going forward and we therefore need to return to the

:28:46.:28:48.

origins of the European Union. We need to renew the pact we made with

:28:49.:28:51.

our citizens, a pact for peace, prosperity and solidarity. Today, we

:28:52.:28:57.

see far too many big egos and egotism jostling and jockeying for

:28:58.:29:03.

position. We need to be aware of the fact that we're living through a

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historic moment in time. The decisions we take today will have

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huge impact in the future. Therefore, we need all the courage

:29:12.:29:13.

we can muster. TRANSLATION: Thank you. We are

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talking about a Brexit and we can remember the use EU bashing was a

:29:28.:29:28.

favourite pastime in the UK, we were favourite pastime in the UK, we were

:29:29.:29:35.

responsible for everything that went wrong and now apparently the EU

:29:36.:29:42.

wants to punish the UK. Well, of course, we will understand the

:29:43.:29:45.

concerns of a lot of people being able to travel, study, work in

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Europe is one of our major achievements and may we are suddenly

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seeing that wouldn't be possible because you are leaving, the single

:29:53.:30:01.

market, leaving the area of EU free movement out of joint research

:30:02.:30:06.

programmes, out of comment fighting against crime and terrorism. Yes, of

:30:07.:30:14.

course you can cancel a contract. However, the commitments I still

:30:15.:30:19.

ongoing. But this is not a punishment, rather we are just

:30:20.:30:22.

telling you the truth about what the consequences are of the decision

:30:23.:30:27.

that basically says we want out, we want out from the EU and therefore

:30:28.:30:36.

out of all areas. And that is why I would say to may, please finally put

:30:37.:30:45.

an end to this negative things going around. Tell your citizens the truth

:30:46.:30:49.

because then we will have a proper fresh start for future relations

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between the EU and the UK. Thank you very much. One minute. TRANSLATION:

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President of the commission, president of the Council, ladies and

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gentlemen last week I was in Northern Ireland in Belfast and I

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had a number of discussions with people in a civil society and I have

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learned from that week has perplexed people are and how worried and

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aligned they are about the potential consequences of what is happening. I

:31:22.:31:24.

pray that there will be some greater measure of realism in the minds of

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those in London in the wake of the election and they will realise that

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a hard Brexit would be a disaster for the people of Britain, in

:31:33.:31:37.

particular for Northern Ireland. It is absolutely essential people are

:31:38.:31:40.

prepared to have constructive discussions and shoulder the

:31:41.:31:44.

responsibility which are the surely should in terms of citizens rights

:31:45.:31:49.

and contributions and the applications of the border in

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Ireland. We need a constructive agreement and realism above all in

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order to limit the damage for both parties and to avoid nationalist

:31:59.:32:07.

escalation of the rhetoric. We have heard and we have seen it Europe can

:32:08.:32:12.

actually win elections, for example Emmanuel Macron is an example of

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that. You can win elections on a European platform and this is why we

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have all got to come together and make the Macron operation a success

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to take us forward. I have a huge long list of people wishing to

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speak, so please stick to your speaking time. TRANSLATION: Thank

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you, Madam chair. Of course I agree with the fact that the problem for

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the EU is Brexit. There are also other challenges and priorities we

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need to face. We need to realise that it has not gone away from our

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lives, it is still with us. Also, we need to stick to the for basic

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freedoms that underpinned the EU. We need to make sure the Arab

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vigorously applied in all areas of life and one of the biggest

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challenges for all of us is common security and common defence.

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External borders that are still porous and migration that is still

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present at our external borders. And last but not least one of the

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biggest challenges is also partnership with countries in our

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neighbourhood. Thank you. TRANSLATION: One minute.

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TRANSLATION: Thank you. We are all unhappy about Brexit but let's be

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realistic. Being too tough shouldn't lead us to a selfishness over the

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common good. It is more than just the interests of individual member

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states of the UK, they should never win out in the negotiations and if

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we're going to do this properly we should do it any transparent way and

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as a single package. We need to keep close links with the UK, but let's

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be careful about the message we sent out. The four freedoms of the EU,

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you can't simply pick and choose which ones you respect. A country

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outside the EU can't enjoy the same rights and advantages as the member

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states. The negotiations could have a transitional system as well. But

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prolonging such a thing for too long wouldn't help the interests of the

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European Union and without any desire for revenge, it needs to give

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a clear lead as far as bidding activities are concerned.

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TRANSLATION: Once again, we see Mr Tusk and Mr Juncker, we hear what

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they say and we are talking about the same policies, business as

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usual. Mr Tusk and Juncker, I hope you are listening to the voice of

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the citizens, particularly young people strongly criticising the

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hypocrisy and bureaucracy of Brussels and the European and world

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establishments. People are calling for a change in the productive

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model. We want to make sure that the European Union is a fairly allotted

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and distributed. We want to make sure that jobs are created for

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millions of poor people in Europe. Listen to the voice of the European

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solidarity, a Europe of Nations, the Fatherland and Motherland, something

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which serves the interests of its member states and its peoples, not

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the banks and lenders. A Europe that supports the social aspects and uses

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globalisation but rejects Q-Tip which will marginalise millions of

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citizens in Europe. TRANSLATION: Thank you, President. I think we all

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regret Brexit is happening. I think people should think about what

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Europe actually means. It isn't only the UK that was googling what the EU

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is about and what it means, we have seen many pro-EU movements amongst

:36:29.:36:38.

people that we as politicians could have triggered. People in Germany

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Europe. He has just said that Mr Europe. He has just said that Mr

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Macron has won an election in Europe and I would like to pick up on what

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you said, it is true that there shouldn't be any punishment of the

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UK and that isn't the case at all. Nevertheless, exit has to be toughly

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negotiated. The truth has to be told, because before the referendum

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Brits were not told the truth about the potential impacts of Brexit. For

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that reason, I think it's essential that we continue to have peaceful

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relations with one another in the future. TRANSLATION: Thank you,

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Madam President. The decision of the British people needs to be respected

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without any fear and negotiation should begin soon. The European

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Union and the UK needs to sort out issues such as social rights, what

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has been achieved by workers in terms of their rights and these

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things should not be undermined. It's important we guarantee all the

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rights of European citizens who reside and work or live in the UK or

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study in the UK. We need to make certain that the agreement is

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respected for Northern Ireland as well and the decision for Brexit

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needs to be respected by the European leaders. We need to make

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sure that the lesson to be voice expressing their discontent with the

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meal liberal policies and what is happening to work's rights in the

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member states. That is why we mustn't use Brexit as an excuse to

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try to bring in more neoliberalism and bring in a proper Europe of

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peoples. TRANSLATION: Thank you, Madam President. The negotiations on

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Brexit will give the EU the chance to protect the rights of the

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approximately 3 million citizens who reside, study or a work in the UK.

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These people are afraid that they might be punished. It's important

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they are protected, they shouldn't be chased out after the transitional

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period. They need to know they will have a future in the UK. The same

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thing goes of course for British citizens living in other parts of

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the EU. On a certain positions I have heard this morning, the

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so-called nationalists, they say, who have gained ground in the

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elections and have often seen their support double, that is a strange

:39:28.:39:34.

way of using mathematics to come up with figures such as that.

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Pythagoras wouldn't recognise this kind of thing, perhaps that should

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have some sort of mathematical Brexit. Thank you very much. I

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welcome the conservatory reproach I have detected here this morning and

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if you continue with that, I think we can have mature and sensible

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negotiations and a proper conclusion. I would also like to

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thank Mr Barnier coming to Ireland last week and for taking time out to

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speak to us all, the Irish Parliament. In relation to the

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North, if the European Union, if Ireland and the United Kingdom do

:40:21.:40:24.

not want to have borders, then why should we have a hard border? I just

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want to correct one thing. It has been incorrectly stated that Tony

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Blair said we needed to renegotiate the Good Friday Agreement. What he

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said was that the Good Friday Agreement came into being on the

:40:38.:40:41.

assumption that both Ireland and the UK would be in the European Union.

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And we needed to reword this when the UK leaves. He did emphasise he

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wasn't talking about changing the substance of the agreement. Thank

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you very much. APPLAUSE

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TRANSLATION: Mr Task, Mr Juncker, there is no point complaining about

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Brexit. We've got to be able to do our own business at home. There is

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no point saying we didn't have an exit or Frexit, because in the UK

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there has been huge growth of the right against the EU because of the

:41:26.:41:33.

campaign. The pro-Europeans were very weak in the turnout, but there

:41:34.:41:37.

is a simple reason, that is because the EU supported or turned their

:41:38.:41:42.

backs to be citizens. But we need to come up with the millions of EU

:41:43.:41:48.

citizens living in the UK and want their rights to be protected and

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then the UK citizens living in the rest of Europe, many in Spain. I

:41:52.:41:57.

think many young Spaniards working in the UK who would like the EU to

:41:58.:42:01.

protect their rights, because otherwise the threat is just a

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growing disconnection of young people and citizens and that will

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leave the EU without prospects. TRANSLATION: Brexit is a big blow

:42:20.:42:22.

for the European Union because it has shown us that most people can't

:42:23.:42:29.

be persuaded by European funds and by tourism or by the positive

:42:30.:42:38.

narrative of NGOs. The result of the referendum was very sobering and in

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the wake thereof, there have been very sobering words. I would like to

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see a rational approach if Britain is leaving the European Union, it is

:42:52.:42:55.

not leaving the geographic continent of Europe and therefore we need to

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have a form of cooperation which will be conducive to a good result.

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We must not engage in blackmail, we must not engage in point scoring, it

:43:12.:43:15.

will only be to the detriment of our citizens. TRANSLATION: The worst

:43:16.:43:27.

things will happen if people don't prepare for them properly and we can

:43:28.:43:33.

now see people saying that there is political support for the European

:43:34.:43:37.

union by the people because of the recent result in France but the

:43:38.:43:40.

pro-European parties were strongly punished by the electors. They are

:43:41.:43:46.

just trying to perpetuate the same tired old policies, sooner or later

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they will need the fate of their predecessors. As far as the advance

:43:51.:43:53.

of the extreme right is concerned, you should measure it in terms of

:43:54.:43:56.

the electoral success of the parties, but also the way that their

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principles and values are now being assimilated by other parts of the

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right or even social democracy. Accepting the reduction of rights,

:44:12.:44:17.

changing economic conditions to serve the interest of big capital,

:44:18.:44:22.

except. The alternative to the extreme right isn't and can't ever

:44:23.:44:26.

be policies which opened the door to the extreme right. Thank you.

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Today, I have sat in the European Union trade room in Strasberg

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listening to the conclusions of the blink at a meeting on the 29th of

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April busy and quite rightly, the level of England's displayed in the

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comments made by MEP colleagues has been astonishing and also

:44:50.:44:54.

frightening. But I am not surprised. As a member of the European Union

:44:55.:44:58.

constitution committee, all I see and hear is the 1% perspective of

:44:59.:45:04.

pro-EU and Pina lies the United Kingdom. There is never any balanced

:45:05.:45:10.

or nonpartisan exploration of the Brexit aspect. The contribution the

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UK makes financially, defence and security wise, or why the vote went

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the way it did. 68% of the UK now want Brexit concluded. I have every

:45:22.:45:29.

faith that after due the eighth, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, will

:45:30.:45:32.

deliver and put the UK, its citizens, its economy, rightly so

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and in the forefront of this. TRANSLATION: Thank you. Donald has

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started by saying something that I very much like. -- Donald Tusk

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started. Meena Lee that 4 million EU citizen should not suffer, and I

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think that is the right approach. Secondly, it is true that the

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agreement between the EU and the UK should not be about punishment. It

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is very important that the EU single market should not suffer because of

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the agreement. It has to be a win-win agreement so that businesses

:46:27.:46:33.

in the EU don't suffer. President Juncker went to my country and

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showed that we have a pro-European country. We need a trade agreement

:46:37.:46:45.

that helps all participants. Citizens who voted in favour of the

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union in the UK also should not be punished because if all UK citizens

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wanted to exit, that is not true. Thank you, Madam Speaker. I think

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it's very simple, the best trade agreement for the UK is membership

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of the EU itself but they have excluded that options are we have to

:47:10.:47:13.

find a fair deal now for everybody. I think it is very important that

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the EU is reflecting the future of Europe and we must deliver better

:47:18.:47:20.

and take people's concerns much more seriously. First, we need to end

:47:21.:47:24.

social dumping in Europe, ensuring decent salary and also workers'

:47:25.:47:27.

rights throughout the union. Secondly, we need to end tax

:47:28.:47:32.

dumping. We see multinationals, rich people evading taxes on a scale that

:47:33.:47:36.

is damaging the welfare state in Europe and finally, we also need to

:47:37.:47:42.

transit our economy, our society, to become sustainable, responding to

:47:43.:47:47.

the climate challenge and also ensuring our environment and also

:47:48.:47:50.

ensuring that we manage migration and our welfare state in a much

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better way. If we do that, we will have a stronger union and I hope the

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UK will be in a close relationship with us but I think they punish

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themselves by saying no to becoming part of Europe. Thank you so much.

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APPLAUSE President, I don't question the need

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for negotiations on a basis that we are not setting out to punish

:48:32.:48:36.

Britain. On the other hand, we have to be realistic. We have to keep

:48:37.:48:42.

things in proportion. Everything comes at a price. Threats come at a

:48:43.:48:50.

price, mistakes, the price and in the cause of European history, we

:48:51.:48:54.

have seen that you have to pay the price in those events. During the

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course of the Brexit negotiations, we must ensure that principals

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prevail and that means that the citizens' interests have to be

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respected first and foremost. Translation.

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respected first and foremost. version-macro last speaker.

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President. Citizens of the UK President. Citizens of the UK

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decided to leave the European Union. Obviously, it varied from part

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depart, Scotland and Northern Ireland did not vote in that way. --

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it varied from part to part. So this could be problematic, which is a

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great pity. But we also need to look at the role that certain bodies

:49:44.:49:48.

played in this. We need to fight extremism. We need to make sure that

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Ukip, which has played a pernicious role in all of this, it doesn't

:49:59.:50:04.

really reflect the interests of the UK and let's Hope Michel Barnier, as

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negotiator, that we need to protect the European institutions, it is

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also important to protect the rights of citizens, particularly when it

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comes to freedom of movement. Thank you very much. TRANSLATION: Michel

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Barnier on behalf of the European Commission. TRANSLATION: Thank you,

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President. I would like to thank all of you, burst, I would like to thank

:50:30.:50:38.

your Parliament, not only the president but also missed a half

:50:39.:50:43.

start, earlier, for the trust you have expressed in my task and for

:50:44.:50:50.

the spirit of cooperation that is very clear between us. And as well

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as thanking the Parliament, I would like to personally thank President

:50:57.:51:04.

Donald Tusk. As Secretary General of the Council, because ever since the

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start, well, it is not my chance -- by chance that we were able to reach

:51:10.:51:12.

such a rapid agreement the other day. It is because we have been

:51:13.:51:17.

cooperating, working very hard together in a determined way. I

:51:18.:51:19.

think that is how we are going to ensure unity throughout the whole

:51:20.:51:26.

way. President Abbott, the first two places trusted me, recommended to

:51:27.:51:30.

the European Council through the negotiating guidelines that the

:51:31.:51:37.

council should adopt detailed guidelines, also governing the

:51:38.:51:44.

method of negotiation. On the 22nd of May, the General affairs Council

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will be endorsing these guidelines. President Donald Tusk said very

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clearly how the council, under his authority, will have a phased and

:51:57.:51:59.

sequenced approach. He said very clearly that firstly, we need to

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agree on the principles, the three major issues, on which the sovereign

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decision of the UK to leave the EU today is creating a great deal of

:52:13.:52:15.

uncertainty in. We have to remove that uncertainty as soon as

:52:16.:52:19.

possible, first for the citizens, for the beneficiaries of the EU

:52:20.:52:24.

budget and also for the Borders, in particular in Ireland. So the

:52:25.:52:32.

sequencing is not there to create problems or to hand out punishment

:52:33.:52:38.

to the UK. But the sequencing is there to solve the problems and to

:52:39.:52:43.

treat them in the right order, as the treaty states, it talks about

:52:44.:52:48.

organising and ordered withdrawal, taking into account the future

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relationship and an orderly withdrawal is precisely these three

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major subjects as well as some others, like the governance of the

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agreement or the administrative and judicial matters. However, there is

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another matter I would like to say as a negotiator, that the agreement

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is there to create a foundation of trust. We have to make sure that is

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there. First, we are solving problems will be citizens, for the

:53:18.:53:20.

benefit of the structural funds and Borders, we have to create the

:53:21.:53:22.

foundations for ongoing trust that we need to build the future

:53:23.:53:29.

relationship with the UK. That is a scenic one on. I would like to

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repeat to you. -- that is a sine qua non. I would like to repeat to you

:53:37.:53:41.

that I would not like to have no agreement, or a bad deal. We want to

:53:42.:53:45.

conclude a deal with the UK, not against the UK, and in fact, I very

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much appreciate that on the UK side, you could find the same spirit to

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reach a deal with the EU, not against the EU.

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APPLAUSE Sirs, we start the negotiations, we

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hope to start as soon as possible, the day after the elections that

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Theresa May has called for the 8th of June. Clearly, the fact that

:54:17.:54:21.

elections take place just before the start of negotiations will give a

:54:22.:54:29.

clear stability and visibility to our UK partners. That is what we

:54:30.:54:33.

need as well and that is one of the key elements for these negotiations

:54:34.:54:39.

to be a success. I talked about trust, that we have all talked

:54:40.:54:45.

about. There is a corollary to that. It means that we, together with the

:54:46.:54:49.

other institutions, are going to be transparent with you. We are going

:54:50.:54:54.

to be permanently available to ensure your institutions in your

:54:55.:54:58.

Parliament as well, throughout the process of negotiations so I will be

:54:59.:55:08.

available to you, and the team headed by Verhofstadt, the new

:55:09.:55:12.

president, do have exchanges before and after every negotiating round. I

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speak for myself and the whole of my task force that I have been able to

:55:18.:55:22.

set up, thanks to the trust placed in the commission's services and

:55:23.:55:26.

also together with President Juncker. We are also prepared to

:55:27.:55:31.

have full or greater transparency on all of the negotiating documents

:55:32.:55:35.

that will be made public. I would now like to reply to some of the

:55:36.:55:39.

issues that have been raised. Firstly, an citizens' rights,

:55:40.:55:49.

several members talked about a fair and balanced agreement. At the start

:55:50.:55:54.

of the negotiation, we have an ambitious position set by the

:55:55.:55:59.

European Council, which is perfectly legitimate, calling for European

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citizens and British citizens alike affected by Brexit to be able to

:56:07.:56:09.

continue to enjoy the same rights. That will apply for citizens, their

:56:10.:56:14.

families, and we are talking about all rights, residency, freedom of

:56:15.:56:18.

movement, the right of access to social security, the right of access

:56:19.:56:21.

to the labour market. We are talking about the rights that will be

:56:22.:56:29.

maintained up until the day of Brexit. And we will ensure that

:56:30.:56:34.

these rights are guaranteed. This is a very serious subject that affects

:56:35.:56:38.

people's daily lives and that of many families. We cannot simply have

:56:39.:56:45.

a declaration of intent. On the financial settlement, and I am

:56:46.:56:48.

pleased that Mr Farage is here, because he quoted me, now, I have

:56:49.:56:55.

never quoted these figures. The figures will depend on the

:56:56.:56:58.

methodology that we have to agree on. It will also depend on the

:56:59.:57:07.

actual date of the UK's exit. It is not myself who will set the figure

:57:08.:57:11.

as the European Council has said, we are going to work together with the

:57:12.:57:19.

British, very calmly, to find an agreement on commitments undertaken.

:57:20.:57:22.

It is not about punishment. It is not an exit bill. Particularly given

:57:23.:57:29.

the financial perspectives that are underway, we have undertaken

:57:30.:57:34.

financial commitments together, the 28. So we have to shoulder those

:57:35.:57:38.

responsibilities together as 28 and we benefit from them together as 28.

:57:39.:57:44.

Across the board, all regions of the EU com universities, research labs,

:57:45.:57:50.

students and farmers. -- EU, universities. We have two settle

:57:51.:57:53.

these accounts as we do in any separation, no more, no less. I will

:57:54.:57:58.

do it perfectly calmly. It is not about revenge or punishment. I'm

:57:59.:58:02.

simply going to look at the figures and the backs and the commitments

:58:03.:58:06.

that have been undertaken, no more, no less. -- figure than the facts.

:58:07.:58:11.

An island, where I had the privilege of visiting last week and visiting

:58:12.:58:19.

both chambers of parliament. -- on Ireland. Mr Nicholson referred to

:58:20.:58:22.

the visit which moved me and I found it very useful. It is a unique

:58:23.:58:27.

situation, therefore, we have to find unique solution. Of course, our

:58:28.:58:33.

solution should not call into question the integrity of the single

:58:34.:58:37.

market. We will do all we can to find a solution which clearly and

:58:38.:58:43.

fully preserves in all its aspects, the Good Friday agreement. Mrs

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Anderson and Mr Brock referred to this. Can I remind you that the UK

:58:51.:58:57.

is a co-guarantor of the Good Friday agreement. As to the transitional

:58:58.:59:06.

periods raised by Mr Caputo, well, we might be working on transitional

:59:07.:59:13.

measures post Brexit, on a phasing out period and then a phasing in

:59:14.:59:17.

towards a new relationship but the real transition period is now,

:59:18.:59:22.

before exit, between now and the day of exit. I would like to recommend

:59:23.:59:28.

all economic players, all economic operators to make full use of this

:59:29.:59:33.

period so that the day of the exit, probably March 2019, is as orderly

:59:34.:59:35.

as possible. I would also like to say to Mr Van

:59:36.:59:52.

Daalen, who raises specific issues such as fishing, I would like to say

:59:53.:00:00.

very clearly that everyone should understand, it is the UK that has

:00:01.:00:04.

decided to leave the EU, it's not the other way around. And there are

:00:05.:00:11.

many of us who have regretted that decision, but now, we have to

:00:12.:00:14.

implement it eddy that decision has consequences. And anyone who says

:00:15.:00:20.

that it can be business as usual afterwards, well, that's not telling

:00:21.:00:25.

the truth. We're going to have to unravel 44 years of integration and

:00:26.:00:32.

economic relations, financial, technical, legal, human, social

:00:33.:00:35.

relations, that's the decision of the UK, after 44 years. No-one

:00:36.:00:42.

should underestimate any of the consequences or the legal complicity

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of the separation. So, I really want to make that clear, we need to tell

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the truth to citizens. And I'd like to recommend that we take a very

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calm, democratic, pedagogical approach, we should explain what

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Brexit means. What does it mean to be a member of the union, what does

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it mean to no longer be a member of the union, for citizens' daily

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lives, for consumers and citizens, we've got to tell people the truth.

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I also recommend that we take time to explain, people talk about no

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deal, what exactly that would mean. What WOULD it mean to have no

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agreement whatsoever? And I think we agreement whatsoever? And I think we

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should take time to explain that to people and citizens. Ladies and

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gentlemen, as the council wishes, we're going to have a phased

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approach, to build a new partnership, new relationship with

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the UK. This was raised very wisely earlier. It is not too early to

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start to sketch out that relationship, which will include

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free and fair trade agreement, co-operation agreement sparsely

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regarding universities and research and partnership as we hope in the

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area of security and defence. There are two important areas, we will

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never accept that a free-trade agreement will lead to for

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competition or a lowering of our social standards. That point was

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made by Mr Zimmer, and also Mrs Rodriguez and others. We cannot

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accept a lowering of social taxation or environmental standards in the

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EU. At the same time, there can be no horse trading when it comes to

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security and trade issues. Somebody raised the complexity, as regards

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the agencies, I do not need to come back to that. I will conclude with

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more political remarks. At a time when we are preparing to start the

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negotiations, which have not yet started, the clock is ticking, there

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isn't much time ahead of us to conclude the deal. I'd like to come

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back to watch what several people said earlier. There are consequences

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to Brexit. And I'm going to have to deal with many of these consequences

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in the negotiations. There are also lessons from Brexit. I think we have

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to listen to some of the reasons given by the UK citizens, as in

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other countries, with these protest votes, accompanied by rage, people

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feeling left behind, excluded, not benefiting from any progress. And I

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think we shouldn't confuse populism with popular sentiment. Is important

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for us all to hear the popular sentiment being expressed and core

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lessons from Brexit. Finally, one person spoke about unity - unity we

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have built together under President task and President Yunker and

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others, it is important for me, as a negotiator, I need that trust and I

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will ensure it is maintained and nurtured throughout the whole

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process. And that unity should then be used by the heads of state and

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institutions to do other things. Brexit is not the only thing on the

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radar in Europe. There are many other challenges, such as mentioned,

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on defence and security, border management, single market. So, as

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the negotiator, I think it is very important for everybody to

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understand, we need this unity, that unity will be useful for the

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remaining European agenda. EU leaders and yourselves should have a

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proactive, positive agenda and other challenges eddy that will strengthen

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the unity that I need in the negotiations. So, there is

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interactive unity that we need. I very much thank you.

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TRANSLATION: Thank you very much. I shall now look forward to the

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presentation of the council. Thank you, Mr President, and thank you for

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your words of support in today's debate. Until today, I have not

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witnessed such unity on the matter is that I report here in the

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European Parliament. Our unity is the most important condition for the

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positive outcome of the negotiations. Thanks to this unity,

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we will also be able, together, as the leaders, to deal in the coming

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months first and foremost with the positive agenda for the union of the

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27. I agree with my friend guy for harsh that, that this should be our

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priority, not Brexit. Today, I will meet President Macron in Paris, and

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to you, to this debate, we will be to you, to this debate, we will be

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able to devote our meeting to the future of the 27, not to Brexit

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only. Thank you very much. TRANSLATION: Thank you very much

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indeed, President. That concludes the debate on the conclusions of the

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European Council meeting. Whilst everybody is taking their

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seats, I have an announcement to make. There are a number of

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committees involved in institutional negotiations. I have received

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requests for a vote in Parliament pursuant to the groups on the

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decision of the committee to enter into inter-institutional

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negotiations in regard to the changing market... The vote will be

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heard tomorrow on this. On the other matter, I have received no request

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for a vote in Parliament. Peasgood the committee is therefore begin

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their negotiations? Next on the agenda is a statement from the

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commission and from the council on the preparation of the G7 summit.

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Honourable members, honourable president, I will speak on

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behalf of President Juncker in relation to the upcoming summit.

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This is the sixth time that Italy has hosted the summit. In some of

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the finest cities Europe has to offer, Venice, Naples... And this

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will be no exception. This year's leaders' meeting will have a new and

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different feel to it. There will be fresh faces around the table eddy

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together, they will tackle some new and not so new questions. Many of

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these will go to the heart of the debate which we had yesterday in

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into the G7 is very clear. For us, into the G7 is very clear. For us,

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working together with our biggest partners around the world in a rules

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-based system is unnecessary. We believe in open societies and

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multilateral solutions. We believe in free and fair... And we see the

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benefits that it brings. Around a third of our national income comes

:10:31.:10:35.

from trade with the rest of the world. For the EU, global trade has

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boosted EU economic growth, with every billion euros of additional

:10:45.:10:50.

export supporting 14,000 jobs. Cheap imports benefit poorer households

:10:51.:10:55.

first and foremost. But it is not just about the economies. The wider

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need to work together on issues which affect the whole world has

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become more acute, even since the G7 last met in Japan in 2016. Whether

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it is fighting climate change, international terrorism, promoting

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trade links, sustainable development or global economic growth, the

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questions of the day are global in nature. The G7 summit will be a

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crucial moment to deepen our co-operation in all of these areas.

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But we can ignore some of the throwbacks of a more interconnected

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world. -- we can't ignore. We need to tackle them head-on as in many

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people around Europe and in other parts of the world are concerned.

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They worry about high levels of inequality, job losses, factory

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closures. They see identities, traditions and ways of living

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changing in front of their eyes. We have to respond to, other concerns.

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That was the thinking behind the ideas presented in our reflection

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paper on harnessing globalisation. We are not naive free traders who

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believe in open competition based on level playing fields. -- we believe

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in open competition based on level playing fields. And that's why we

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have shown faith with measures in response to market distortion or

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unfair practices. We will not hesitate to do so again. And we will

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need to accelerate our efforts to tackle unfair trade. But Europe must

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also make a positive case for its place in a global world. When others

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step back from free trade, the European Union must step forward.

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Partners such as Japan, Mexico and India are willing to do likewise.

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The ambitious EU-Japan deal which we are negotiating is an example. This

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free trade agreement will send a powerful signal to the rest of the

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world that two of the largest economies are resisting

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protectionism and that open trade and investment remains one of the

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best tools to create more economic growth and jobs. EU exporters to

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Japan still have to pay close to 1 billion euros annually on customs

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tariffs, and whilst the majority of these tariffs would be removed with

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the trade agreement, EU exports to Japan would increase by more than a

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third. At the same time, more than 600,000 jobs in the EU are linked to

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exports to Japan, with Japanese companies alone employing more than

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half a million people. These are compelling reasons why we aim to

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reach an agreement as soon as possible, and in any case before the

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end of the year. Together, we must make sure that the rules of the game

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best serve and protect our citizens and our societies. That is the

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message the European Union must bring to our partners from across

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the world. That is what the European Union will fight for every time.

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Thank you very much. TRANSLATION: Thank you very much

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indeed. Now on behalf of the council. Thank you very much.

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President, honourable members, good morning. I would like to thank you

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for the opportunity to intervene on the subject of the preparations of

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the summit which will take place in Italy next week. G7 leaders as well

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as presidents Donald Thomas and Jean-Claude Juncker, who will

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represent the EU, will be faced with difficult discussions on various

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topics of global importance. The international political environment

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is currently particularly charged and the truth is, that global

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cooperation can no longer be taken for granted. Iribaren particular to

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the political transition in the United States which seems to present

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us with challenges even in respect to basic policy principles which

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were intermittently well rooted in the G7. I believe that the mission

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of European leaders is clear. The aim is to secure the G7's commitment

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to keep the global economy open and keep multicultural, multilateral

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cooperation on track. It is also crucial to give a clear signal that

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securing balanced and inclusive growth remains a top priority, even

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if the global economy is showing a positive momentum, political

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uncertainty surrounding the outlook is still very high. Against this

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background, I believe that the G7 should in particular confirm its

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determination to work together through strong multilateral

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institutions, confirmed the agreement to use all policy tools,

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fiscal, monetary and structural armour to strengthen the recovery

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and foster inclusiveness and also do better share the benefits of growth

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and globalisation. But allow me to expand on a selection of issues of

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particular relevance to us. I will refer in turn to trade, climate,

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migration and foreign policy matters. Ladies and gentlemen, on

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trade, it should be the European Union's priority to confirm the G7

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long-standing view in favour of open trade and multilateralism. Indeed,

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as recalled by the European Council of the 10th of March, the EU remains

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strongly committed to a robust trade policy and an open and broad-based

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multilateral trading system. With a central role for the World Trade

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Organisation. The EU will also continue to engage actively with

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international trade partners, advancing on all ongoing

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negotiations for ambitious and balanced free-trade agreements. I

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may add that on the latter, the European Council has welcomed your

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positive vote on SITA and looks forward to its provisional

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application. As you know, in this house, there are strong concerns

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over the negative effects of trade, economic integration and

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technological change. We have to take these grievances seriously.

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However, the solution is certainly not to close our economies. Instead,

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we need to improve the daily lives of citizens by ensuring that the

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benefits of globalisation are more widely shared. And beyond that, we

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must also be able to better communicate the actual benefits of

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trade to the wider public. This is also something for the G7 to

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consider. On climate change, the global community needs to act

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urgently. And move forward with the implementation of the Paris

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agreement. The European Union is committed to ambitious global action

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against climate change and we insist on maintaining the global...

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And get the best deal for the United Kingdom and Europe, me or Jeremy

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Corbyn. And our economic security will be on the ballot paper on the

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8th of June. Over the last seven years, thanks to the hard work of

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the British people and the credible economic plan we have pursued in

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government, significant progress has been made. We have taken the British

:20:20.:20:24.

economy out of the danger zone and begun to repair the damage done to

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it by Labour. The

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