MEPs approve resolution on Brexit – McGuinness

December 13, 2017

The European Parliament has today voted for a resolution on Brexit that notes sufficient progress has been achieved in the negotiations so far. MEPs welcomed the joint Brexit progress report, as presented by EU and UK negotiators last Friday. They’ve recommended that the EU27 heads of state or government decide on 15 December to move to phase two of the Brexit negotiations.    However, MEPs insist that the negotiations can only progress during the second phase if the UK government fully respects the commitments it gave in the Joint Report and fully translates them into the draft Withdrawal Agreement. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead Mc Guinness says the UK never really understood the importance of the Irish question and the impact that it would have on Anglo-Irish relations.

Out words: prime minister wants.

Dur: '26

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Full clip of Nigel Farage on Brexit

December 13, 2017

Full clip of the UKIP MEP Nigel Farage speaking about the recent Brexit negotiations during a debate on Brexit in the European Parliament this morning. 

Out words: over again

Dur:  3:04

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Farage accuses May of being “Theresa the appeaser”

December 13, 2017

The Eurosceptic MEP Nigel Farage this morning accused the British Prime Minister of caving in to her European counterparts on the recent round of Brexit negotiations. Mr Farage was speaking in the European Parliament during a debate on the Brexit talks this morning. Ireland featured strongly in the debate with several MEPs referencing the Irish situation, the Peace agreement and the border issue. However, Nigel Farage accused his PM of giving in to the EU on some of the key areas opposed by those who voted for Brexit.

Out words: virtually everything

Dur:  00:17

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MEPs ‘really understand’ Ireland’s situation on Brexit - Clune

December 13, 2017

MEPs in the European Parliament this morning debated the current state of the Brexit negotiations. Ireland featured strongly during the debate. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told MEPs that last week’s deal between the EU and the UK on the first phase of the Brexit negotiations would be translated into a legally binding agreement. During the debate the pro Brexit British MEP Nigel Farage referred to the British Prime Minister Theresa May as “Theresa the appeaser” and he said she had given in on virtually everything on Brexit. However, the Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune says last week’s deal paves the way for the next round of negotiations to begin.

Out words: is protected

Dur: '39

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EU-UK Brexit deal “copper-fastened” – Harkin

December 13, 2017

Ireland featured strongly during a debate on Brexit in the European Parliament this morning. During the debate the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, told MEPs there could be no going back on last week’s deal between the EU and the UK on Brexit. And Guy Verhofstadt who is the Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, said Ireland cannot become the collateral damage of Brexit. The Independent MEP Marian Harkin, who attended the debate, welcomed Mr Barnier's reassurances that last week's deal would be legally binding. 

Out words: week stands

Dur: 00:33

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Michel Barnier reassures Ireland during Brexit debate - Harkin

December 13, 2017

The Independent MEP Marian Harkin has welcomed comments made on Brexit this morning by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. During a debate in the European Parliament on Brexit, Mr Barnier said there can be no going back on last week's EU-UK interim Brexit deal. Marian Harkin who attended the debate, says she’s satisfied with the reassurances Mr Barnier gave on Ireland.

Out words: unique situation

Dur: '38

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Brexit sucking up time, energy and goodwill – Harkin

December 13, 2017

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the European Parliament this morning that last week's EU-UK interim Brexit deal marks a "very important phase" in the negotiations. And he said there can be no going back from the deal which he told MEPs would be translated into a legally binding agreement. The Independent MEP Marian Harkin says the Brexit negotiations are taking up a huge amount of Ireland’s time and energy.

Out words: other battles

Dur: 00:28  

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Ireland can’t become collateral damage of Brexit – Verhofstadt

December 13, 2017

The European Parliament’s chief Brexit coordinator this morning said that Ireland cannot become the collateral damage of Brexit. Guy Verhofstadt was speaking during a debate on Brexit ahead of a vote today by MEPs on a resolution to allow the Brexit negotiations to proceed to the next phase. The Irish question featured strongly during this morning’s debate. Here’s Guy Verhofstadt.

Out words: these negotiations

Dur: 00:13

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EU “complicit” in human rights abuses in Libya – Boylan

December 12, 2017

The EU is being accused of being complicit in the abuse and torture of thousands of refugees and migrants in Libya. The European Parliament today discussed the plight of migrants and asylum-seekers in Libya following reports about inhumane treatment and even slave trade there. The Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan says the EU is enabling the abuse and torture of migrants in Libya because of the funding it’s giving to both the body running the Libyan Coast Guard and the organisation running the country’s detention centres.  

Out words: rights violations

Dur: 00:28 

 

 

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MEPs vote to extend EU investment fund

December 12, 2017

MEPs in Strasbourg voted today (Tuesday) in favour of extending the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) until the end of 2020. Also known as the Juncker Plan (after the EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker), its objective is to mobilise up to 500 billion euros worth of investment for projects in the area of infrastructure, energy, climate action, healthcare and transport. The Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly says he hopes Ireland will get the most out of the fund that it can.   

Out words: good use of it.

Dur: '45

 

 

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