European Parliament demands realistic proposals for trade relations after Brexit

Press release

The European Parliament this morning debated the future trade relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit. Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66) reiterated the conditions set out by the European Parliament and emphasised that the red lines put forward by the UK have tied its own hands.  

Schaake: "A clear trade agreement is essential to guarantee good cooperation after Brexit. The special trade preferences Prime Minister May continues to seek however, are only negotiable when the UK also accepts overarching rules and standards. It is time for a reality check in London. We will not make concessions when it comes to high standards, or compromise on the unity of our single market."  

Concrete proposals

Schaake finds it incomprehensible that the United Kingdom has yet to make concrete proposals when it comes to its future trade relationship with Europa. She warns that little time remains for negotiations.  

Schaake: "May is trying to negotiate on the basis of speeches, but we are still waiting for real proposals. Instead we keep hearing what the UK does not want. Time is running out and companies and businesses on both side of the pond need to know where they stand . It is therefore essential that May delivers on her political promises and presents realistic and concrete proposals.  

Tomorrow the European Parliament will vote on the resolution.