UPDATE 16/06/2017: Five months on and things are even less clear than they were at the start of the year. Brexit talks are due to start in a matter of days, and the British government has yet to submit papers detailing its opening position to the EU negotiating team. The UK government department in charge of leading talks is reportedly in chaos, with ministers resigning or being sacked. If Theresa May had a plan, it seems to be unravelling rapidly.
Meanwhile, the European Council has published detailed guidelines for the Brexit negotiations. The EU Commission’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has threatened to delay talks by a year if the UK doesn’t agree to his strict timetable. The most complicated negotiations in Britain’s post-war history risk turning into a massive shambles. The EU has a plan for Brexit. Given the chaos across the channel, does it need a new one? Should it take a more lenient approach, and give the UK more time to sort itself out? Let us know what you think!
ORIGINAL 16/01/2017: British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her key objectives during the upcoming Brexit negotiations. May has long insisted she will not provide a “running commentary” of the negotiations, but the opposition Labour party had argued that not at least outlining the government’s broad strategy was undemocratic. The government is expected to publish a more detailed plan early in 2017 (with the parliamentary select committee on Brexit calling for the plan to be released by mid-February at the latest).
Which is all very well for Britain… but what about the rest of Europe? Should the EU likewise publish its negotiation plan, to be debated in the European Parliament (maybe even in national parliaments)? What do continental Europeans want the relationship between the UK and the EU to look like after Brexit?
What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in from Sjoerd on our ‘Suggest a Debate’ page, wondering where the post-Brexit plan is from the European Union, given that the UK is such a large market for EU goods and services.
What should be Europe’s post-Brexit plan? We asked Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides of the political spectrum to stake out their positions on this question, and it’s up to YOU to vote for the policies you favour. See what the different MEPs have to say, then vote at the bottom of this debate for the one you most agree with! Take part in the vote below and tell us who you support in the European Parliament!
Brexit does not change the basic rationale of the EU project: to bring peace and collective prosperity. Let us deliver on the very relevant objectives set out in Article 3 of the Treaty on the European Union. It is even more important now to do everything we can to have quick results. For the European institutions, this means making the system work (such as a real internal market), as well as quicker and more decisive legislation. On a national level, governments need to stop blaming each other, or the EU institutions. Citizens need to accept that our world is changing and that some reforms are necessary which in the end will be good for all of us.
Ignazio Corrao (EFDD), Member of the European Parliament: