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Monday, 26 November 2018 13:00

EU leaders approve the withdrawal deal

EU leaders approve the withdrawal deal

The EU heads of state and government have approved the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration on the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the official website of the Federal Chancellor of Germany.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “This is a historic day which leaves us with very mixed feelings.” It is tragic that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union after 45 years, but the EU naturally must respect the vote of the British people.

“Against this background, it is good that we now have a withdrawal agreement and a political declaration on future relations with the United Kingdom,” declared the Chancellor.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “In the view of the 27 member states a foundation has now been put in place for an orderly withdrawal and the establishment of future relations.” It is a diplomatic tour de force, she added, in an unprecedented situation.

Angela Merkel stressed that the Brexit agreement protects the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom. And there is a guarantee that there will not be a hard border on the island of Ireland. “Now we have time to work on the details of the future relationship.”

At a special European Council meeting called by Council President Donald Tusk the EU heads of state and government initially met without the United Kingdom, in what is known as the Article 50 format. The British Prime Minister Theresa May then joined them. The EU leaders approved the withdrawal agreement, completed by the Brexit negotiating teams on 13 November, and the political declaration on the future relations of the EU with the United Kingdom.

Following approval by the heads of state and government, the next step is for the withdrawal agreement to be ratified by the European Parliament and of course by the UK Parliament.

More details: https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de/bkin-en/news/a-diplomatic-tour-de-force-says-angela-merkel-1554354

Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

 

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