EU parliament to table Brexit position in early October

Opening the debate on BREXIT
Opening the debate on BREXIT

The European Parliament plans to table its assessment in early October on whether Brexit talks have advanced enough to begin a second phase of negotiations on future relations between the EU and the UK.

Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister and the EU parliament’s point man on Brexit, told MEPs on Monday (4 September) that he wants to send the proposed resolution to the parliamentary groups by the end of September.

The plan is to have the resolution voted on ahead of an EU summit, a gathering of EU heads of state and government, later next month. The summit leaders will determine whether to launch talks on future relations.

But the parliament’s prognosis, which will feed into the summit, already looks bleak.

Verhofstadt – who had met with the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, on Monday before briefing the MEPs – says not enough has been achieved over the three rounds of talks so far.

“I have to tell you that after the briefing I had in July, in August, and also today with Mr Barnier, the assessment is very clear, there is not enough progress today to say ok, we can go immediately into phase two of the negotiations,” he said…

Read more : EUObserver, 05.09.2017