OE: Europe reacts to the approval of the Brexit deal
Open Europe's Anna Nadibaidze, Zoe Alipranti and Pieter Cleppe look at the various European press reactions to the Brexit deal agreed by the UK and the EU and the future steps in negotiations.
At a special European Council summit held on November 25, the leaders of the EU27 member states approved the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on future UK-EU relations. The deal will now head to the UK House of Commons, for a crucial vote on December 11 which will determine the future of Brexit negotiations.
European politicians expressed regret at the UK’s withdrawal. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called Brexit a “moment of deep sadness” while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was “tragic.” President Macron suggested it was a time to rethink the foundations of Europe.
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UK-EU Political Declaration offers a relationship from “Canada-plus” to “Chequers-minus”23/11/2018 15:20:00
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European states are unhappy with some aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement21/11/2018 14:20:00
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The Brexit deal needs to be modified in order to pass through Parliament21/11/2018 13:20:00
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Open Europe responds to the draft Withdrawal Agreement20/11/2018 13:15:00
Following the cabinet's approval of the draft Withdrawal Agreement this week, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar, Dominic Walsh and David Shiels examine what the text sets out on the Irish backstop, as well as the possibilities for the future relationship. While the UK has secured key concessions, particularly on the creation of UK-wide customs backstop, problematic elements do remain.