European Parliament sets date for Brexit trade deal ratification vote

Just eight days before the expiry of the agreement being provisionally applied, the European Parliament announced that a plenary vote on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) will take place on April 27. Members of Parliament’s trade and foreign affairs committees have already green-lighted the TCA on April 15; it is now the turn of all MEPs to give their consent.

Jaume Duch, Parliament’s Director General for Communication, tweeted today: “EP political group leaders have put the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on plenary agenda. Debate and consent vote accompanied by resolution on Tuesday next week.”

Trade committee chair Bernd Lange said, “We did not make it easy for ourselves; we examined it [the TCA] in detail and ensured participation and control in implementation by the European Parliament.” He added that the agreement provides ‘additional instruments to act against the misbehavior of the partner’.

He also said that ratification now makes sense and that going forward the focus will be on implementation and using all instruments to shape relations as well as possible for the benefit of both EU and UK citizens.


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