17/05/2017 European Parliament

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


statement from the council and commission of the European Council,


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


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


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


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


negotiations. The mandates which set out the overall principles,


objectives and process. Today the European Council update as Council


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


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


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


future relations with Britain before sufficient progress is made on


ensuring an orderly withdrawal. Leaders fully supported this logic.


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


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


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


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


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


families. That means guarantees that are effective, enforceable,


non-discriminatory, and comprehensive. Accompanied by simple


and smooth administrative procedures. There is a need to act


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


ensuring that citizens get the necessary guarantees. That is also


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


number of detailed requirements. The second priority in the first


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


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


protect the peace and reconciliation process described by the Good Friday


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


ensure a level playing field and encompass safeguards against unfair


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


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


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


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


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


situation requires. There will be very little time to conclude


withdrawal talks within the framework foreseen by the treaty.


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


Council will adopt a set of negotiating directives proposed by


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


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


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


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


have been united, consistent and demonstrated solidarity with one


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


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


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


can only praise the European Parliament and its leaders for the


role they have played. Thanks and appreciation for your constructive


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


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


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


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


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


our important working languages. I will start in English,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Council conclusions from April and the calf negotiation and the


problems by the commission earlier this month are speaking for


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


we concluded three important agreements that confirmed it is


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


between Denmark and Europol is particularly important for citizen


security because it will allow a sufficient level of cooperation to


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


second agreement is between Portugal and Spain about temporary deposit of


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


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


ground do have better territorial management and cooperation of the


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


Commission put out a bridge between differing positions, pursuing


negotiations right until agreements were retrieved and without the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Council will be our guiding principle during the Brexit


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


help better protect our borders. Together with the trade agreement


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


European elections. Thank you very much. APPLAUSE


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


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


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


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


congratulations to you on taking such a rapid decision. My


congratulations to you on reaching such a rapid decision. I


congratulate first and foremost Donald task but equally, Michel


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


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


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


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


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


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


discuss the future partnership. We have consistently said we are


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


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


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


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


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


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


resolute in supporting these basic principles, and other principles


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


discussions took place with Donald Trump, he has certainly discussed


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


half of 2017. We have recently elected a new


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


can achieve things through diplomacy. We have also shown you


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


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


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


The speedy adoption of the negotiation guidelines for the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


We are talking about a series of interconnected issues, social


Security, the freedom of movement of workers, professional


qualifications, no discrimination and the whole thing under the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


basically now it is about taking this opportunity and negotiations


between London and Brussels to reflect and discuss about ourselves


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


respectful national parliaments, then I think that is the right


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


more rigidity, more tax harmonisation and more imposed from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


with the Minister of Finance for Europe, with the


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


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


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


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


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


TRANSLATION: Boldness that we can save Europe.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


make resoundingly clear that we cannot have a simplistic solution.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


European social policy, social pillar which will speak to our


citizens. This is what we should be


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


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


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


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


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


courage of our convictions and address these very fundamental


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


are reaching considerable numbers of the people and are gaining electoral


success. Abstentions and spoiled ballots showed the extent to which


citizens have sounds confident in Europe and its institutions shaken.


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


got, the recent success of the National front shows that


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


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


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


the World Trade Organisation, even the European Commission, our


economic system is basically forgetting about a large number of


the citizens. But changes in technology and globalisation need to


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


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


job. Alleviate the pressure, therefore, which forces people


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


should improve social, environmental and democratic standards. If those


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the conversation were blabbed to an opposition newspaper and to add


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


perhaps Yanis Varoufakis is right when he says about negotiating with


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


exorbitant and illegitimate power. You may have crushed Greek democracy


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


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


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


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


going to continue to peddle business because prosperity and wealth are


hardly what we have seen recently. There is unprecedented unemployment


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


malevolent intent of the EU that tempers no opposition to its


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Britain, and outwardly looking Britain, trading, growing and


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


you. APPLAUSE TRANSLATION: The floor to Mr Royle.


TRANSLATION: Mr President, colleagues, the assessment of Brexit


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


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


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


parliament, the Council and Commission have looked for common


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


apologise. What I meant was the European member states and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


addressing the concerns of our peoples, but particularly dealing


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


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


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


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


proper social and environmental standards. We need a new generation


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


managing migration and refugee managing migration and refugee


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


root of the problem by supporting neighbourhood development and peace


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


protect the rights of European citizens, who are currently residing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


thank you. APPLAUSE


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


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


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


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


guarantee EU citizens rights to reside. This is about treating


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


learning and their loves. The British Government must stop blaming


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


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


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


the barriers they have erected, which are causing daily frustration


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The special relationship I believe is between Britain and Republic of


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


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


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


Blair last week topped about renegotiating the Good Freddie


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


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


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


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


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


about how Eurosceptics and populace have been beaten three times in


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


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


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


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


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


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


agenda within UK politics to misrepresent and demonise this


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


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


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


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


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


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


would urge the suspension of the everything is agreed principle for


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


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


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


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


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


had expressed their willingness to become independent and Lithuanians


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


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


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


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


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


international liabilities and commitments? Which Wendy became any


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


European Union is something that should be negotiated between adults


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


this way. TRANSLATION: Despite the expressions


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


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


ability of the EU to withstand international competition from China


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


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


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


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


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


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


people. It is only through overthrowing capitalist power and


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


proper union for the interests of people will be served.


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


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


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


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


country has its own Brexit agenda, there are consequences from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


much more clearly than anything the British Government has produced what


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


it nearly a year after the referendum, what the British


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


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


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


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


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


participation in the various technical agencies, the aviation


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


certifications are a requirement for selling in the single European


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


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


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


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


May is actually providing desperate and a deluded leadership to the


British people. APPLAUSE


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


guaranteed for their livelihood to be guaranteed. The European Union


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Perhaps Donald Tusk can tell me where will these meetings take


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


I think understood this in Council. Their representative abstained on


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


are putting vetoes on two issues which are crucially important for


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


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


general European headquarters. This had been thought about for many


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


colleagues are always completely shocked about how unprepared and


irresponsible the British politicians in the Brexit camp are,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


government not to take the MFF negotiations hostage. TRANSLATION:


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


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


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


Republic of Ireland and his assessment of how difficult the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


that we now have megaphone diplomacy across being dishtowel dishrag


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


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


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


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


Translation TRANSLATION: It is not possible to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


concerned about guaranteeing the rights of Spaniards and many other


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


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


concerned about and about guaranteeing the rights of workers


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


democracy or progressives or conservatives, what will free Europe


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


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


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


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


the media. Too often we have confused Europe with its


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


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


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


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


contributed to misleading citizens. They said national interests were


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


citizens going forward and we therefore need to return to the


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


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


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


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


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


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


we can muster. TRANSLATION: Thank you. We are


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


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


responsible for everything that went wrong and now apparently the EU


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


particular for Northern Ireland. It is absolutely essential people are


prepared to have constructive discussions and shoulder the


responsibility which are the surely should in terms of citizens rights


and contributions and the applications of the border in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


External borders that are still porous and migration that is still


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


biggest challenges is also partnership with countries in our


neighbourhood. Thank you. TRANSLATION: One minute.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


a clear lead as far as bidding activities are concerned.


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


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


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


the citizens, particularly young people strongly criticising the


hypocrisy and bureaucracy of Brussels and the European and world


establishments. People are calling for a change in the productive


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


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


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


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


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


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


globalisation but rejects Q-Tip which will marginalise millions of


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


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


Europe actually means. It isn't only the UK that was googling what the EU


is about and what it means, we have seen many pro-EU movements amongst


people that we as politicians could have triggered. People in Germany


Europe. He has just said that Mr Europe. He has just said that Mr


Macron has won an election in Europe and I would like to pick up on what


you said, it is true that there shouldn't be any punishment of the


UK and that isn't the case at all. Nevertheless, exit has to be toughly


negotiated. The truth has to be told, because before the referendum


Brits were not told the truth about the potential impacts of Brexit. For


that reason, I think it's essential that we continue to have peaceful


relations with one another in the future. TRANSLATION: Thank you,


Madam President. The decision of the British people needs to be respected


without any fear and negotiation should begin soon. The European


Union and the UK needs to sort out issues such as social rights, what


has been achieved by workers in terms of their rights and these


things should not be undermined. It's important we guarantee all the


rights of European citizens who reside and work or live in the UK or


study in the UK. We need to make certain that the agreement is


respected for Northern Ireland as well and the decision for Brexit


needs to be respected by the European leaders. We need to make


sure that the lesson to be voice expressing their discontent with the


meal liberal policies and what is happening to work's rights in the


member states. That is why we mustn't use Brexit as an excuse to


try to bring in more neoliberalism and bring in a proper Europe of


peoples. TRANSLATION: Thank you, Madam President. The negotiations on


Brexit will give the EU the chance to protect the rights of the


approximately 3 million citizens who reside, study or a work in the UK.


These people are afraid that they might be punished. It's important


they are protected, they shouldn't be chased out after the transitional


period. They need to know they will have a future in the UK. The same


thing goes of course for British citizens living in other parts of


the EU. On a certain positions I have heard this morning, the


so-called nationalists, they say, who have gained ground in the


elections and have often seen their support double, that is a strange


way of using mathematics to come up with figures such as that.


Pythagoras wouldn't recognise this kind of thing, perhaps that should


have some sort of mathematical Brexit. Thank you very much. I


welcome the conservatory reproach I have detected here this morning and


if you continue with that, I think we can have mature and sensible


negotiations and a proper conclusion. I would also like to


thank Mr Barnier coming to Ireland last week and for taking time out to


speak to us all, the Irish Parliament. In relation to the


North, if the European Union, if Ireland and the United Kingdom do


not want to have borders, then why should we have a hard border? I just


want to correct one thing. It has been incorrectly stated that Tony


Blair said we needed to renegotiate the Good Friday Agreement. What he


said was that the Good Friday Agreement came into being on the


assumption that both Ireland and the UK would be in the European Union.


And we needed to reword this when the UK leaves. He did emphasise he


wasn't talking about changing the substance of the agreement. Thank


you very much. APPLAUSE


TRANSLATION: Mr Task, Mr Juncker, there is no point complaining about


Brexit. We've got to be able to do our own business at home. There is


no point saying we didn't have an exit or Frexit, because in the UK


there has been huge growth of the right against the EU because of the


campaign. The pro-Europeans were very weak in the turnout, but there


is a simple reason, that is because the EU supported or turned their


backs to be citizens. But we need to come up with the millions of EU


citizens living in the UK and want their rights to be protected and


then the UK citizens living in the rest of Europe, many in Spain. I


think many young Spaniards working in the UK who would like the EU to


protect their rights, because otherwise the threat is just a


growing disconnection of young people and citizens and that will


leave the EU without prospects. TRANSLATION: Brexit is a big blow


for the European Union because it has shown us that most people can't


be persuaded by European funds and by tourism or by the positive


narrative of NGOs. The result of the referendum was very sobering and in


the wake thereof, there have been very sobering words. I would like to


see a rational approach if Britain is leaving the European Union, it is


not leaving the geographic continent of Europe and therefore we need to


have a form of cooperation which will be conducive to a good result.


We must not engage in blackmail, we must not engage in point scoring, it


will only be to the detriment of our citizens. TRANSLATION: The worst


things will happen if people don't prepare for them properly and we can


now see people saying that there is political support for the European


union by the people because of the recent result in France but the


pro-European parties were strongly punished by the electors. They are


just trying to perpetuate the same tired old policies, sooner or later


they will need the fate of their predecessors. As far as the advance


of the extreme right is concerned, you should measure it in terms of


the electoral success of the parties, but also the way that their


principles and values are now being assimilated by other parts of the


right or even social democracy. Accepting the reduction of rights,


changing economic conditions to serve the interest of big capital,


except. The alternative to the extreme right isn't and can't ever


be policies which opened the door to the extreme right. Thank you.


Today, I have sat in the European Union trade room in Strasberg


listening to the conclusions of the blink at a meeting on the 29th of


April busy and quite rightly, the level of England's displayed in the


comments made by MEP colleagues has been astonishing and also


frightening. But I am not surprised. As a member of the European Union


constitution committee, all I see and hear is the 1% perspective of


pro-EU and Pina lies the United Kingdom. There is never any balanced


or nonpartisan exploration of the Brexit aspect. The contribution the


UK makes financially, defence and security wise, or why the vote went


the way it did. 68% of the UK now want Brexit concluded. I have every


faith that after due the eighth, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, will


deliver and put the UK, its citizens, its economy, rightly so


and in the forefront of this. TRANSLATION: Thank you. Donald has


started by saying something that I very much like. -- Donald Tusk


started. Meena Lee that 4 million EU citizen should not suffer, and I


think that is the right approach. Secondly, it is true that the


agreement between the EU and the UK should not be about punishment. It


is very important that the EU single market should not suffer because of


the agreement. It has to be a win-win agreement so that businesses


in the EU don't suffer. President Juncker went to my country and


showed that we have a pro-European country. We need a trade agreement


that helps all participants. Citizens who voted in favour of the


union in the UK also should not be punished because if all UK citizens


wanted to exit, that is not true. Thank you, Madam Speaker. I think


it's very simple, the best trade agreement for the UK is membership


of the EU itself but they have excluded that options are we have to


find a fair deal now for everybody. I think it is very important that


the EU is reflecting the future of Europe and we must deliver better


and take people's concerns much more seriously. First, we need to end


social dumping in Europe, ensuring decent salary and also workers'


rights throughout the union. Secondly, we need to end tax


dumping. We see multinationals, rich people evading taxes on a scale that


is damaging the welfare state in Europe and finally, we also need to


transit our economy, our society, to become sustainable, responding to


the climate challenge and also ensuring our environment and also


ensuring that we manage migration and our welfare state in a much


better way. If we do that, we will have a stronger union and I hope the


UK will be in a close relationship with us but I think they punish


themselves by saying no to becoming part of Europe. Thank you so much.


APPLAUSE President, I don't question the need


for negotiations on a basis that we are not setting out to punish


Britain. On the other hand, we have to be realistic. We have to keep


things in proportion. Everything comes at a price. Threats come at a


price, mistakes, the price and in the cause of European history, we


have seen that you have to pay the price in those events. During the


course of the Brexit negotiations, we must ensure that principals


prevail and that means that the citizens' interests have to be


respected first and foremost. Translation.


respected first and foremost. version-macro last speaker.


President. Citizens of the UK President. Citizens of the UK


decided to leave the European Union. Obviously, it varied from part


depart, Scotland and Northern Ireland did not vote in that way. --


it varied from part to part. So this could be problematic, which is a


great pity. But we also need to look at the role that certain bodies


played in this. We need to fight extremism. We need to make sure that


Ukip, which has played a pernicious role in all of this, it doesn't


really reflect the interests of the UK and let's Hope Michel Barnier, as


negotiator, that we need to protect the European institutions, it is


also important to protect the rights of citizens, particularly when it


comes to freedom of movement. Thank you very much. TRANSLATION: Michel


Barnier on behalf of the European Commission. TRANSLATION: Thank you,


President. I would like to thank all of you, burst, I would like to thank


your Parliament, not only the president but also missed a half


start, earlier, for the trust you have expressed in my task and for


the spirit of cooperation that is very clear between us. And as well


as thanking the Parliament, I would like to personally thank President


Donald Tusk. As Secretary General of the Council, because ever since the


start, well, it is not my chance -- by chance that we were able to reach


such a rapid agreement the other day. It is because we have been


cooperating, working very hard together in a determined way. I


think that is how we are going to ensure unity throughout the whole


way. President Abbott, the first two places trusted me, recommended to


the European Council through the negotiating guidelines that the


council should adopt detailed guidelines, also governing the


method of negotiation. On the 22nd of May, the General affairs Council


will be endorsing these guidelines. President Donald Tusk said very


clearly how the council, under his authority, will have a phased and


sequenced approach. He said very clearly that firstly, we need to


agree on the principles, the three major issues, on which the sovereign


decision of the UK to leave the EU today is creating a great deal of


uncertainty in. We have to remove that uncertainty as soon as


possible, first for the citizens, for the beneficiaries of the EU


budget and also for the Borders, in particular in Ireland. So the


sequencing is not there to create problems or to hand out punishment


to the UK. But the sequencing is there to solve the problems and to


treat them in the right order, as the treaty states, it talks about


organising and ordered withdrawal, taking into account the future


relationship and an orderly withdrawal is precisely these three


major subjects as well as some others, like the governance of the


agreement or the administrative and judicial matters. However, there is


another matter I would like to say as a negotiator, that the agreement


is there to create a foundation of trust. We have to make sure that is


there. First, we are solving problems will be citizens, for the


benefit of the structural funds and Borders, we have to create the


foundations for ongoing trust that we need to build the future


relationship with the UK. That is a scenic one on. I would like to


repeat to you. -- that is a sine qua non. I would like to repeat to you


that I would not like to have no agreement, or a bad deal. We want to


conclude a deal with the UK, not against the UK, and in fact, I very


much appreciate that on the UK side, you could find the same spirit to


reach a deal with the EU, not against the EU.


APPLAUSE Sirs, we start the negotiations, we


hope to start as soon as possible, the day after the elections that


Theresa May has called for the 8th of June. Clearly, the fact that


elections take place just before the start of negotiations will give a


clear stability and visibility to our UK partners. That is what we


need as well and that is one of the key elements for these negotiations


to be a success. I talked about trust, that we have all talked


about. There is a corollary to that. It means that we, together with the


other institutions, are going to be transparent with you. We are going


to be permanently available to ensure your institutions in your


Parliament as well, throughout the process of negotiations so I will be


available to you, and the team headed by Verhofstadt, the new


president, do have exchanges before and after every negotiating round. I


speak for myself and the whole of my task force that I have been able to


set up, thanks to the trust placed in the commission's services and


also together with President Juncker. We are also prepared to


have full or greater transparency on all of the negotiating documents


that will be made public. I would now like to reply to some of the


issues that have been raised. Firstly, an citizens' rights,


several members talked about a fair and balanced agreement. At the start


of the negotiation, we have an ambitious position set by the


European Council, which is perfectly legitimate, calling for European


citizens and British citizens alike affected by Brexit to be able to


continue to enjoy the same rights. That will apply for citizens, their


families, and we are talking about all rights, residency, freedom of


movement, the right of access to social security, the right of access


to the labour market. We are talking about the rights that will be


maintained up until the day of Brexit. And we will ensure that


these rights are guaranteed. This is a very serious subject that affects


people's daily lives and that of many families. We cannot simply have


a declaration of intent. On the financial settlement, and I am


pleased that Mr Farage is here, because he quoted me, now, I have


never quoted these figures. The figures will depend on the


methodology that we have to agree on. It will also depend on the


actual date of the UK's exit. It is not myself who will set the figure


as the European Council has said, we are going to work together with the


British, very calmly, to find an agreement on commitments undertaken.


It is not about punishment. It is not an exit bill. Particularly given


the financial perspectives that are underway, we have undertaken


financial commitments together, the 28. So we have to shoulder those


responsibilities together as 28 and we benefit from them together as 28.


Across the board, all regions of the EU com universities, research labs,


students and farmers. -- EU, universities. We have two settle


these accounts as we do in any separation, no more, no less. I will


do it perfectly calmly. It is not about revenge or punishment. I'm


simply going to look at the figures and the backs and the commitments


that have been undertaken, no more, no less. -- figure than the facts.


An island, where I had the privilege of visiting last week and visiting


both chambers of parliament. -- on Ireland. Mr Nicholson referred to


the visit which moved me and I found it very useful. It is a unique


situation, therefore, we have to find unique solution. Of course, our


solution should not call into question the integrity of the single


market. We will do all we can to find a solution which clearly and


fully preserves in all its aspects, the Good Friday agreement. Mrs


Anderson and Mr Brock referred to this. Can I remind you that the UK


is a co-guarantor of the Good Friday agreement. As to the transitional


periods raised by Mr Caputo, well, we might be working on transitional


measures post Brexit, on a phasing out period and then a phasing in


towards a new relationship but the real transition period is now,


before exit, between now and the day of exit. I would like to recommend


all economic players, all economic operators to make full use of this


period so that the day of the exit, probably March 2019, is as orderly


as possible. I would also like to say to Mr Van


Daalen, who raises specific issues such as fishing, I would like to say


very clearly that everyone should understand, it is the UK that has


decided to leave the EU, it's not the other way around. And there are


many of us who have regretted that decision, but now, we have to


implement it eddy that decision has consequences. And anyone who says


that it can be business as usual afterwards, well, that's not telling


the truth. We're going to have to unravel 44 years of integration and


economic relations, financial, technical, legal, human, social


relations, that's the decision of the UK, after 44 years. No-one


should underestimate any of the consequences or the legal complicity


of the separation. So, I really want to make that clear, we need to tell


the truth to citizens. And I'd like to recommend that we take a very


calm, democratic, pedagogical approach, we should explain what


Brexit means. What does it mean to be a member of the union, what does


it mean to no longer be a member of the union, for citizens' daily


lives, for consumers and citizens, we've got to tell people the truth.


I also recommend that we take time to explain, people talk about no


deal, what exactly that would mean. What WOULD it mean to have no


agreement whatsoever? And I think we agreement whatsoever? And I think we


should take time to explain that to people and citizens. Ladies and


gentlemen, as the council wishes, we're going to have a phased


approach, to build a new partnership, new relationship with


the UK. This was raised very wisely earlier. It is not too early to


start to sketch out that relationship, which will include


free and fair trade agreement, co-operation agreement sparsely


regarding universities and research and partnership as we hope in the


area of security and defence. There are two important areas, we will


never accept that a free-trade agreement will lead to for


competition or a lowering of our social standards. That point was


made by Mr Zimmer, and also Mrs Rodriguez and others. We cannot


accept a lowering of social taxation or environmental standards in the


EU. At the same time, there can be no horse trading when it comes to


security and trade issues. Somebody raised the complexity, as regards


the agencies, I do not need to come back to that. I will conclude with


more political remarks. At a time when we are preparing to start the


negotiations, which have not yet started, the clock is ticking, there


isn't much time ahead of us to conclude the deal. I'd like to come


back to watch what several people said earlier. There are consequences


to Brexit. And I'm going to have to deal with many of these consequences


in the negotiations. There are also lessons from Brexit. I think we have


to listen to some of the reasons given by the UK citizens, as in


other countries, with these protest votes, accompanied by rage, people


feeling left behind, excluded, not benefiting from any progress. And I


think we shouldn't confuse populism with popular sentiment. Is important


for us all to hear the popular sentiment being expressed and core


lessons from Brexit. Finally, one person spoke about unity - unity we


have built together under President task and President Yunker and


others, it is important for me, as a negotiator, I need that trust and I


will ensure it is maintained and nurtured throughout the whole


process. And that unity should then be used by the heads of state and


institutions to do other things. Brexit is not the only thing on the


radar in Europe. There are many other challenges, such as mentioned,


on defence and security, border management, single market. So, as


the negotiator, I think it is very important for everybody to


understand, we need this unity, that unity will be useful for the


remaining European agenda. EU leaders and yourselves should have a


proactive, positive agenda and other challenges eddy that will strengthen


the unity that I need in the negotiations. So, there is


interactive unity that we need. I very much thank you.


TRANSLATION: Thank you very much. I shall now look forward to the


presentation of the council. Thank you, Mr President, and thank you for


your words of support in today's debate. Until today, I have not


witnessed such unity on the matter is that I report here in the


European Parliament. Our unity is the most important condition for the


positive outcome of the negotiations. Thanks to this unity,


we will also be able, together, as the leaders, to deal in the coming


months first and foremost with the positive agenda for the union of the


27. I agree with my friend guy for harsh that, that this should be our


priority, not Brexit. Today, I will meet President Macron in Paris, and


to you, to this debate, we will be to you, to this debate, we will be


able to devote our meeting to the future of the 27, not to Brexit


only. Thank you very much. TRANSLATION: Thank you very much


indeed, President. That concludes the debate on the conclusions of the


European Council meeting. Whilst everybody is taking their


seats, I have an announcement to make. There are a number of


committees involved in institutional negotiations. I have received


requests for a vote in Parliament pursuant to the groups on the


decision of the committee to enter into inter-institutional


negotiations in regard to the changing market... The vote will be


heard tomorrow on this. On the other matter, I have received no request


for a vote in Parliament. Peasgood the committee is therefore begin


their negotiations? Next on the agenda is a statement from the


commission and from the council on the preparation of the G7 summit.


Honourable members, honourable president, I will speak on


behalf of President Juncker in relation to the upcoming summit.


This is the sixth time that Italy has hosted the summit. In some of


the finest cities Europe has to offer, Venice, Naples... And this


will be no exception. This year's leaders' meeting will have a new and


different feel to it. There will be fresh faces around the table eddy


together, they will tackle some new and not so new questions. Many of


these will go to the heart of the debate which we had yesterday in


into the G7 is very clear. For us, into the G7 is very clear. For us,


working together with our biggest partners around the world in a rules


-based system is unnecessary. We believe in open societies and


multilateral solutions. We believe in free and fair... And we see the


benefits that it brings. Around a third of our national income comes


from trade with the rest of the world. For the EU, global trade has


boosted EU economic growth, with every billion euros of additional


export supporting 14,000 jobs. Cheap imports benefit poorer households


first and foremost. But it is not just about the economies. The wider


need to work together on issues which affect the whole world has


become more acute, even since the G7 last met in Japan in 2016. Whether


it is fighting climate change, international terrorism, promoting


trade links, sustainable development or global economic growth, the


questions of the day are global in nature. The G7 summit will be a


crucial moment to deepen our co-operation in all of these areas.


But we can ignore some of the throwbacks of a more interconnected


world. -- we can't ignore. We need to tackle them head-on as in many


people around Europe and in other parts of the world are concerned.


They worry about high levels of inequality, job losses, factory


closures. They see identities, traditions and ways of living


changing in front of their eyes. We have to respond to, other concerns.


That was the thinking behind the ideas presented in our reflection


paper on harnessing globalisation. We are not naive free traders who


believe in open competition based on level playing fields. -- we believe


in open competition based on level playing fields. And that's why we


have shown faith with measures in response to market distortion or


unfair practices. We will not hesitate to do so again. And we will


need to accelerate our efforts to tackle unfair trade. But Europe must


also make a positive case for its place in a global world. When others


step back from free trade, the European Union must step forward.


Partners such as Japan, Mexico and India are willing to do likewise.


The ambitious EU-Japan deal which we are negotiating is an example. This


free trade agreement will send a powerful signal to the rest of the


world that two of the largest economies are resisting


protectionism and that open trade and investment remains one of the


best tools to create more economic growth and jobs. EU exporters to


Japan still have to pay close to 1 billion euros annually on customs


tariffs, and whilst the majority of these tariffs would be removed with


the trade agreement, EU exports to Japan would increase by more than a


third. At the same time, more than 600,000 jobs in the EU are linked to


exports to Japan, with Japanese companies alone employing more than


half a million people. These are compelling reasons why we aim to


reach an agreement as soon as possible, and in any case before the


end of the year. Together, we must make sure that the rules of the game


best serve and protect our citizens and our societies. That is the


message the European Union must bring to our partners from across


the world. That is what the European Union will fight for every time.


Thank you very much. TRANSLATION: Thank you very much


indeed. Now on behalf of the council. Thank you very much.


President, honourable members, good morning. I would like to thank you


for the opportunity to intervene on the subject of the preparations of


the summit which will take place in Italy next week. G7 leaders as well


as presidents Donald Thomas and Jean-Claude Juncker, who will


represent the EU, will be faced with difficult discussions on various


topics of global importance. The international political environment


is currently particularly charged and the truth is, that global


cooperation can no longer be taken for granted. Iribaren particular to


the political transition in the United States which seems to present


us with challenges even in respect to basic policy principles which


were intermittently well rooted in the G7. I believe that the mission


of European leaders is clear. The aim is to secure the G7's commitment


to keep the global economy open and keep multicultural, multilateral


cooperation on track. It is also crucial to give a clear signal that


securing balanced and inclusive growth remains a top priority, even


if the global economy is showing a positive momentum, political


uncertainty surrounding the outlook is still very high. Against this


background, I believe that the G7 should in particular confirm its


determination to work together through strong multilateral


institutions, confirmed the agreement to use all policy tools,


fiscal, monetary and structural armour to strengthen the recovery


and foster inclusiveness and also do better share the benefits of growth


and globalisation. But allow me to expand on a selection of issues of


particular relevance to us. I will refer in turn to trade, climate,


migration and foreign policy matters. Ladies and gentlemen, on


trade, it should be the European Union's priority to confirm the G7


long-standing view in favour of open trade and multilateralism. Indeed,


as recalled by the European Council of the 10th of March, the EU remains


strongly committed to a robust trade policy and an open and broad-based


multilateral trading system. With a central role for the World Trade


Organisation. The EU will also continue to engage actively with


international trade partners, advancing on all ongoing


negotiations for ambitious and balanced free-trade agreements. I


may add that on the latter, the European Council has welcomed your


positive vote on SITA and looks forward to its provisional


application. As you know, in this house, there are strong concerns


over the negative effects of trade, economic integration and


technological change. We have to take these grievances seriously.


However, the solution is certainly not to close our economies. Instead,


we need to improve the daily lives of citizens by ensuring that the


benefits of globalisation are more widely shared. And beyond that, we


must also be able to better communicate the actual benefits of


trade to the wider public. This is also something for the G7 to


consider. On climate change, the global community needs to act


urgently. And move forward with the implementation of the Paris


agreement. The European Union is committed to ambitious global action


against climate change and we insist on maintaining the global...


And get the best deal for the United Kingdom and Europe, me or Jeremy


Corbyn. And our economic security will be on the ballot paper on the


8th of June. Over the last seven years, thanks to the hard work of


the British people and the credible economic plan we have pursued in


government, significant progress has been made. We have taken the British


economy out of the danger zone and begun to repair the damage done to


it by Labour. The