EP President David-Maria Sassoli Photo ©EP  European Union  

"European People's Party, S&D group, Renew Europe, the Greens and GUE/NGL have decided to table a resolution in the plenary next week"

EP President David-Maria Sassoli Photo ©EP  European Union  

"The resolution stresses a very clear message. You cannot have an agreement without the backstop."

EP President David-Maria Sassoli Photo ©EP  European Union  

Brussels, 12 Sept. 2019 - You know - said EP president David Sassoli to journalists - that we discuss everything, we argue over everything, but with regard to Brexit we have a unified position and the European Parliament wants to re-state this unity adding updated considerations. 

KEY SENTENCES OF THE SPEECH:  

"There's a great deal of unity Barnier's indications and views and this views allowed an initiative of European People's Party, S&D group, Renew Europe the Greens and GUE who have decided to table a resolution in the plenary next week. A resolution which re-establish the key points of the European position and to stress the great unity on the European Union side and the institutions side on this issue".

The resolution is divided in three parts: "the first is political declaration. Second part is on no deal and the third is on a possible extension of Article 50, on the Political Declaration and the withdrawal agreement".

"Parliament continues to believe that a orderly departure of the UK is the goal which we should be searching for and that political agreement is the way of getting it".

"The resolution stresses a very clear message. You cannot have an agreement without the backstop. It couldn't really be any clearer. That's the stance of the European Commission. The position of the European institutions including the European Parliament. Don't forget parliament will have the last word."

"The agreement we negotiated so far is the best possible agreement...because it guarantees legal certainty of executive mechanisms guaranteeing the correct application, because it protects the rights and choices of life of both EU and British citizens". 

"Backstop remains the main stumble block of negotiations, but on this regard the resolution stresses a very clear message 'there will be no agreement without the backstop', this shall be very clear. as it is Commission, EU Institutions and Parliament's position Parliament that, I recall to everyone, will have the last word. That said, we are available to discuss all the proposals put forward. All solutions proposed will be discussed with respect of EU funding principles, but so far UK, let's recall and stress this clearly, did not put forward any alternatives that are legally and practically credible..."

"On our side we are ready to get back to the original proposal formulated by the EU that backstop is valid only to Northern Ireland. This is an act of trust in the dialog and negotiations". 

"We are ready to review the political declaration and turn this into a legally binding document leading to an agreement of association that, thanks to stable and deep relationships with the UK, makes a backstop useless.

No-deal scenario: "the resolution confirms concern of Parliament over recent developments of the debate in the UK and the route taken by British government now getting concretely closer to the chance of no-deal. There's much too rigidity and this develops into the date of 31st October, set with too much rigour. Resolution clearly states the UK will have to bear the entire responsibility in case of no-deal exit, and in any case will have to abide by the rules of financial obligations, of respect of citizens' rights and of the Good Friday agreement. EU Parliament will not give any consent to any agreement not respecting these obligations and that's a change over the previous legislature resolution when we did not expect we had to take ultimate tones."

There's anyway the "openness to an extension, as far as this is justified and funded on imperative reasons such as avert a no-deal, call general elections and a second referendum, revoke Art 50". 

  

"These are the key points of a resolution putting the EU Parliament into the condition of shedding a light on a path we did not chose, but respect. Our interest is naturally the one of the defence of the Union's interests, but there's also the will to respect and safeguard not only the rights of EU citizens but the British ones as well, and we hope that UK will work on the same goal because this story remains very painful to us; but we reached a moment stances must be expressed with sharp determination".

EP President David-Maria Sassoli Photo ©EP  European Union  

There's anyway the "openness to an extension, as far as this is justified and funded on imperative reasons such as avert a no-deal, call general elections and a second referendum, revoke Art 50".

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On our side we are ready to get back to the original proposal formulated by the EU that backstop is valid only in Northern Ireland. This is an act of trust in the dialogue and negotiations". 

EU President Sassoli: "No agreement without backstop". EU anyway ''open to an extension'' 

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