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AFP
October 22, 2019

European Parliament won’t vote on Brexit before UK MPs

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AFP
October 22, 2019

STRASBOURG, France: The European Parliament will not vote to ratify the new Brexit withdrawal deal until the British legislative chamber has done so, officials said on Monday.

This would mean it is unlikely that MEPs will back the deal this week while the European Parliament sits in Strasbourg and they will need to hold a special session later in Brussels.

If a vote is needed before October 31, currently scheduled to be Brexit day, this would mean meeting next week. But members insisted a session could be arranged quickly in any case.Spokesman Jaume Duch said speaker David Sassoli would meet party leaders later on Monday to formalise this, but that the decision was clear. “It’s not the (European) Parliament which is going to break, or try to slow or to speed a process which is in the hands of the British institutions right now,” Duch said.

“Parliament will be the last in ratifying. The EP will only ratify once the ratification process has been completed in the UK,” he told reporters.

The head of the parliament’s Brexit steering committee, Guy Verhofstadt, confirmed this would also be the cross-party advice to the party leaders.“We agreed to advise the Conference of Presidents (the party leaders) to await the full ratification on the UK side before the European Parliament votes on the deal,” he said. “It’s now up to the UK Parliament to make their choice,” he said.

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