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Brexit Resolution: statement from Catherine Bearder MEP

Yesterday the European Parliament voted in favour of a Resolution to allow Brexit talks to progress to the next stage.

Both the Commission and Parliament have now recommended to the European Council that progress has been made in the three key areas: on citizens’ rights, Northern Ireland and the financial settlement.

This Resolution is the last piece in the puzzle to allowing the Brexit talks to progress to the next stage.

It effectively moves the UK one step further away from a disastrous “no deal” situation which would risk thousands

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Lib Dem councillors on a fact-finding trip to Brussels

On the 2nd March at 7.50 am I boarded a Ryanair flight from Manchester to Charleroi in Belgium. It is an hour and a half train journey from Charleroi to Brussels and the first thing that you notice is the friendliness of the people and the matter of fact way they switch from one language to another without pause. The next thing is the extent of the industrialisation of the landscape as it flashes by.

I was travelling to join Catherine Bearder at the EU Parliament in Brussels on the European Information Program in the hope of finding out how Brexit will be affecting us here in the Wirral. I was not surprised in the least to find that Brussels knows as little about Brexit as we do here in the UK.

The visit lasted two packed days and I found it very informative during the conversations I had with colleagues, from across the UK, and the question and answer sessions with MEP’s.

I found out, for instance, that the only country to have left the EU so far is Greenland who had only one treaty to negotiate (fish).  It took over seven years to complete their single negotiation, whilst here in the UK we have over four hundred agreements to unravel.

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  • User AvatarYeovil Yokel 16th Nov - 2:33pm
    ‘European Reform Group’ seems like a strange name for a bunch of devious EU-phobes.
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 16th Nov - 2:17pm
    Sorry, David. It has to be Jo Grimond. Sadly whilst one can feel affection, one also has to lament a very sad waste of talent....
  • User AvatarMichael 1 16th Nov - 2:13pm
    Thanks for posting this, Caron. Charles Kennedy's speech during the party conference debate in 2013 on Europe is on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4poB2T-ohVw It is sad...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 16th Nov - 12:41pm
    Simply the best leader we ever had.
  • User AvatarWilliam Fowler 16th Nov - 12:21pm
    The deal is about what you would expect from the EU given the Irish border issues, if it fails in parliament then hopefully the next...
  • User AvatarChristopher Haigh 16th Nov - 11:54am
    There is a sinister organisation within the Tory party called the European Reform Group which is presumably coordinating a hatchet job on Mrs May. As...