Today, April 3, 2019, Secretary of State for European Affairs Melania-Gabriela Ciot, in her capacity as Special Representative of the Romanian Government for the Relationship with the European Parliament during the Romanian Council Presidency, participated in the EP plenary debates on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Against the backdrop of the still uncertain developments that hinder the identification of a solution in this file by the UK side, the Secretary of State reiterated the Council’s constant position on the topic. The Withdrawal Agreement that has been agreed and negotiated for the last two years is the best solution to ensure an orderly withdrawal and to limit the negative consequences of the Brexit process. It is the only possible agreement and it offers legal certainty to the EU citizens in the UK, to the UK citizens in the EU, as well as to the business environment.
In connection to that, the Secretary of State emphasised that it was the United Kingdom’s responsibility to take action, including based on the Council’s constant position against reopening negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement.
Taking into account that the British Parliament had repeatedly rejected the Withdrawal Agreement, the Secretary of State highlighted the importance of a pragmatic approach, in the sense of continuing the preparations for any possible outcome that might materialise in the near future.
Secretary of State Melania-Gabriela Ciot warned of the consequences of a no-deal withdrawal, considering that it was fundamental to safeguard the rights of the EU citizens as well as to limit the negative economic effects, which had already started to show due to the current uncertain situation. In that context, the Secretary of State for European Affairs voiced her trust that the European Parliament would continue to support the adoption of the Contingency Action Plan.