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European Parliament Lays out Conditions for Approval of Brexit Agreement

European Parliament Lays out Conditions for Approval of Brexit Agreement

STRASBOURG - Members of European Parliament (MEPs), meeting here for a plenary session, voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to adopt a resolution outlining major conditions for the approval of any final settlement on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union (EU).
Adopted by 516 votes in favor to 133 against, with 50 abstentions, the resolution establishes the key principles by which the European Parliament will be willing to greenlight the outcomes of Brexit negotiations.
"Your resolution will be the first political position taken by a European institution in response to last week's letter addressed to the President of the European Council by Prime Minister Theresa May," Michel Barnier, Brexit chief negotiator for the European Commission, told MEPs during a Wednesday morning debate that preceded the vote for the resolution, which would set the tone for the coming negotiations.
Barnier stressed unity in the negotiations, saying it would be important for both the EU and the United Kingdom, as disarray would likely result in a painful lack of agreement.
"The stronger we are at 27, the stronger we will be in the negotiations," declared Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, while praising the European Parliament for its rapid action in drawing up a resolution in response to British PM May's letter triggering Article 50 on March 29.
"It is normal that your parliament will have a say," Juncker told MEPs, "but more importantly, you are the checks and the balances on the negotiations themselves." (Xinhua)