The European Parliament resolution on Brexit to be voted next week not only recognises the unique and special circumstances confronting the island of Ireland and the absolute need to ensure continuity in and stability of the Peace process, avoiding a return to a hard border but also provides that financial obligations entered into by the UK with the European Union should be met, Mairead McGuinness, first Vice-President of the European Parliament said this afternoon (Wednesday).
Speaking in Malta she said the draft resolution also stipulates that the final agreement with the EU should protect the legal status of EU citizens living or having lived in other Member States and provide legal certainty for entities such as companies.
“This is a strong and early indication of what the Parliament’s priorities are going to be in these negotiations.
“I welcome the strong support Ireland is receiving for the unique circumstances in which we find ourselves. For example, cross border community and business programmes are already feeling the impact of uncertainty as to their future arising from Britain’s decision to leave the Union.
“It is reasonable that such commitments, which of their nature are medium or long-term, and with that being clearly understood upon inception, should not be reneged upon now but should be supported as intended until the end date.”
Ms McGuinness said this extends to other international commitments entered into by the UK, for which the EU 27 will be the legal successor.
She said the Brexit process has begun and the European Parliament is and will be fully engaged in the process, protecting EU interests and principles.
“I welcome the clarity in the statement of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and hope that the negotiations on a withdrawal agreement can be concluded in the time frame, that a new trade agreement can be reached and that a reasonable transitional time period is provided for,” she said.
“Prime Minister May acknowledges that the UK will lose influence over law making but will be obliged to meet EU rules if it wants to trade with the Union.
“This is the reality of Brexit for the UK. For the EU the objective is to remain united and strong throughout the process,” she said.