Brexit resolution – including support for Britons in the EU – passed in European Parliament by large majority

A RESOLUTION setting out the European Parliament’s wishes for the coming Brexit negotiations – including paragraphs aimed at protecting British citizens in the EU - has been passed by a large majority.

The final vote was 516 in favour, 133 against and 50 abstentions, with most opposition coming from right-wing nationalists and eurosceptics, including Marine and Jean-Marie Le Pen and Nigel Farage.

It followed a heated debate with comments ranging from the parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt looking forward to a younger generation “who will see Brexit for what it really is – a catfight in the Conservative Party that got out of hand… and who will lead Britain into the European family again” – to Mr Farage, who caused offence by calling his fellow MEPs “mafia” and “gangsters” for expecting the UK to pay billions of euros before it leaves.

British Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder also spoke during the debate, saying: "The lies of the referendum campaign are crumbling before our eyes... You told us we were scaremongering, we were not. 

"Sixteen million Brits did not say they want to leave the European family and those who did will not be fooled again by the false promises of the nationalists. 

"This May British people will send a message to Mrs May at the local elections: 'You lied to us, we are angry and we want our country back, it belongs inside the European Union'. She said she would continue to fight against Brexit and to give Britons a say on the final deal.

A spokesman for Mr Verhofstadt, who was the main architect of today’s resolution, said they are very pleased with the result of the vote. “The resolution was outspoken, with no vague text, and it still obtained a two-thirds majority,” he said.

Although it stops short of offering ‘associate EU citizenship’ the resolution includes passages calling for expat rights to be given full priority in the negotiations and for the EU to seek to mitigate the loss of EU citizenship rights by Britons. It acknowledges that “many UK citizens have expressed strong opposition to losing the rights they currently enjoy”.

The resolution also says that the parliament intends to build on the elements set out in it as the negotiations develop, for example by adopting further resolutions on specific matters.

The crucial role of MEPs during the negotiations was underlined during the debate by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commission Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, who also took part. 

See here for more on the content of the resolution and here, for our latest interview with MEP Charles Goerens about associate citizenship.

The full resolution is at the following link.

Videos of speeches by leading MEPs and Mr Juncker and Mr Barnier can be found at the links on the end of this page.

Here is a breakdown of the voting by European Parliament group:

ALDE = liberals and democrats

ECR = eurosceptic and anti-federalist

GUE/NGL = left-wing

NI = Independent

EPP = centre-right

S&D = social democrat

EFDD = Eurosceptic/populist

ENF = (far) right-wing nationalist

For

ALDE: Ali, Auštrevičius, van Baalen, Bearder, Becerra Basterrechea, Bilbao Barandica, Calvet Chambon, Cavada, Charanzová, Deprez, de Sarnez, Diaconu, Dlabajová, Federley, Gerbrandy, Giménez Barbat, Goerens, Goulard, Griesbeck, Harkin, Huitema, Hyusmenova, in 't Veld, Jäätteenmäki, Jakovčić, Ježek, Kallas, Lambsdorff, Løkkegaard, Marinho e Pinto, Mazuronis, Meissner, Michel, Mihaylova, van Miltenburg, Mlinar, Müller, Nart, Nicolai, van Nieuwenhuizen, Paet, Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Petersen, Punset, Radoš, Ries, Riquet, Rochefort, Rohde, Schaake, Selimovic, Telička, Theurer, Toom, Torvalds, Tremosa i Balcells, Vajgl, Vautmans, Verhofstadt, Weber Renate, Wierinck, Wikström

ECR: Karlsson, Macovei, Theocharous

GUE/NGL: Anderson Martina, Boylan, Carthy, Chrysogonos, Eck, Ernst, Flanagan, Forenza, Hazekamp, Juaristi Abaunz, Kohlíček, Konečná, Kouloglou, Kuneva, Kyllönen, Le Hyaric, Maltese, Matias, Michels, Ní Riada, Omarjee, Papadimoulis, Sakorafa, Scholz, Spinelli, Vergiat, Zimmer

NI: Saryusz-Wolski, Soru

EPP: Adaktusson, Alliot-Marie, Andrikienė, Arimont, Ayuso, Bach, Balz, Becker, Belet, Bendtsen, Bocskor, Böge, Bogovič, Boni, Brok, Buda, Buşoi, Buzek, Cadec, van de Camp, Casa, Caspary, del Castillo Vera, Cesa, Christoforou, Cicu, Cirio, Clune, Coelho, Collin-Langen, Comi, Comodini Cachia, Corazza Bildt, Csáky, Danjean, Dantin, Delahaye, Deli, Deß, Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Dorfmann, Ehler, Engel, Estaràs Ferragut, Faria, Ferber, Fernandes, Fisas Ayxelà, Fjellner, Florenz, Gabriel, Gahler, Gál, Gáll-Pelcz, Gambús, Gardini, Gieseke, González Pons, de Grandes Pascual, Gräßle, Grossetête, Grzyb, Guoga, Gyürk, Hayes, Herranz García, Hetman, Hohlmeier, Hökmark, Hölvényi, Hortefeux, Hübner, Iturgaiz, Jahr, Jazłowiecka, Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, Joulaud, Juvin, Kalinowski, Kalniete, Karas, Kariņš, Kefalogiannis, Kelam, Kelly, Koch, Köstinger, Kovatchev, Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Kudrycka, Kuhn, Kukan, Kyrtsos, Lamassoure, de Lange, Langen, La Via, Lavrilleux, Le Grip, Lenaers, Lewandowski, Liese, Lins, Lope Fontagné, López-Istúriz White, Łukacijewska, McAllister, McGuinness, Maletić, Malinov, Mănescu, Mann, Marinescu, Mato, Maullu, Maydell, Melo, Mikolášik, Millán Mon, Monteiro de Aguiar, Morano, Morin-Chartier, Mureşan, Muselier, Mussolini, Nagy, Niebler, Niedermayer, van Nistelrooij, Novakov, Olbrycht, Pabriks, Patriciello, Peterle, Petir, Pieper, Pietikäinen, Pitera, Plura, Pogliese, Polčák, Ponga, Pospíšil, Preda, Proust, Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Radev, Rangel, Reding, Reul, Ribeiro, Rolin, Rosati, Ruas, Rübig, Saïfi, Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Salini, Sander, Sarvamaa, Saudargas, Schmidt, Schöpflin, Schreijer-Pierik, Schulze, Schwab, Siekierski, Sógor, Šojdrová, Sommer, Spyraki, Štefanec, Štětina, Stolojan, Šuica, Šulin, Svoboda, Szájer, Szejnfeld, Thun und Hohenstein, Tőkés, Tolić, Tomc, Ţurcanu, Urutchev, Valcárcel Siso, Vălean, Vandenkendelaere, Verheyen, Virkkunen, Voss, Vozemberg-Vrionidi, Wałęsa, Weber Manfred, Wenta, Wieland, Winkler Hermann, Winkler Iuliu, Záborská, Zagorakis, Zdechovský, Zdrojewski, Zovko, Zver, Zwiefka

S&D: Aguilera García, Anderson Lucy, Androulakis, Assis, Balas, Bayet, Benifei, Berès, Blanco López, Blinkevičiūtė, Bonafè, Borzan, Boştinaru, Brannen, Briano, Bullmann, Cabezón Ruiz, Caputo, Childers, Chinnici, Cofferati, Corbett, Costa, Cozzolino, Cristea, Dalli, Dance, Danti, De Castro, Delvaux, De Monte, Denanot, Dodds Anneliese, Drăghici, Ertug, Fajon, Fernández, Flašíková Beňová, Fleckenstein, Freund, Frunzulică, García Pérez, Gardiazabal Rubial, Gasbarra, Gebhardt, Geier, Gentile, Geringer de Oedenberg, Gierek, Gill Neena, Giuffrida, Gomes, Grammatikakis, Grapini, Graswander-Hainz, Griffin, Gualtieri, Guerrero Salom, Guillaume, Guteland, Gutiérrez Prieto, Hedh, Hoffmann, Honeyball, Ivan, Jaakonsaari, Jáuregui Atondo, Jongerius, Kadenbach, Kaili, Kammerevert, Kaufmann, Keller Jan, Kofod, Kohn, Köster, Kouroumbashev, Krehl, Kumpula-Natri, Kyrkos, Lange, Lauristin, Leinen, Liberadzki, Lietz, López, López Aguilar, Ludvigsson, Łybacka, McAvan, Mamikins, Maňka, Manscour, Martin David, Martin Edouard, Maurel, Mavrides, Mayer Alex, Melior, Mizzi, Moisă, Molnár, Moody, Moraes, Morgano, Negrescu, Nekov, Neuser, Nica, Niedermüller, Nilsson, Noichl, Panzeri, Paolucci, Papadakis Demetris, Pargneaux, Paşcu, Pavel, Peillon, Picierno, Picula, Piri, Pirinski, Pittella, Poc, Post, Preuß, Regner, Revault D'Allonnes Bonnefoy, Rodrigues Liliana, Rodrigues Maria João, Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández, Rodust, Rozière, dos Santos, Sârbu, Sassoli, Schaldemose, Schlein, Schuster, Sehnalová, Serrão Santos, Silva Pereira, Simon Peter, Sippel, Smolková, Stanishev, Steinruck, Stihler, Szanyi, Tănăsescu, Tang, Țapardel, Tarabella, Thomas, Toia, Ujhelyi, Ulvskog, Valenciano, Van Brempt, Vaughan, Ward, Weidenholzer, von Weizsäcker, Werner, Westphal, Willmott, Wölken, Zala, Zanonato, Zemke, Zoffoli, Zorrinho

Greens: Affronte, Albrecht, Auken, Bové, Bütikofer, Cramer, Dalunde, Delli, Durand, Eickhout, Harms, Häusling, Hautala, Heubuch, Hudghton, Jadot, Jávor, Joly, Keller Ska, Lamberts, Lochbihler, Lunacek, Marcellesi, Meszerics, Reda, Reimon, Reintke, Rivasi, Ropė, Sargentini, Scott Cato, Škrlec, Smith, Solé, Šoltes, Staes, Tarand, Taylor, Terricabras, Trüpel, Turmes, Urtasun, Valero, Vana

Against

ECR: Belder, Campbell Bannerman, Czarnecki, Czesak, Deva, Dohrmann, Dzhambazki, Fitto, Foster, Fotyga, Fox, Gericke, Gosiewska, Halla-aho, Hannan, Hoc, Jurek, Kamall, Karim, Karski, Kłosowski, Kölmel, Krasnodębski, Krupa, Kuźmiuk, Legutko, Lewer, Lucke, McClarkin, McIntyre, Marias, Nicholson, Ożóg, Piecha, Piotrowski, Poręba, Procter, Ruohonen-Lerner, Sernagiotto, Škripek, Starbatty, Sulík, Tomaševski, Tomašić, Tošenovský, Ujazdowski, Van Orden, Vistisen, Wiśniewska, Zahradil, Zīle, Žitňanská, Złotowski

EFDD: Agnew, Aker, Batten, Bergeron, Bours, Carver, Coburn, Etheridge, Farage, Finch, Gill Nathan, Helmer, Hookem, Lundgren, Mach, Nuttall, O'Flynn, Parker, Reid, von Storch, Winberg

ENF: Aliot, Annemans, Arnautu, Atkinson, Bay, Bilde, Bizzotto, Borghezio, Boutonnet, Briois, Ciocca, D'Ornano, Fontana, Goddyn, de Graaff, Jalkh, Kappel, Lebreton, Le Pen Marine, Loiseau, Martin Dominique, Marusik, Mayer Georg, Mélin, Montel, Obermayr, Pretzell, Salvini, Schaffhauser, Stuger, Troszczynski, Vilimsky, Zanni, Zijlstra

GUE/NGL: Albiol Guzmán, Chountis, Couso Permuy, Ferreira, López Bermejo, Lösing, Pimenta Lopes, Vallina, Viegas

NI: Balczó, Chauprade, Dodds Diane, Epitideios, Fountoulis, Gollnisch, James, Kovács, Le Pen Jean-Marie, Morvai, Sonneborn, Synadinos, Voigt, Woolfe

Greens: Andersson, Buchner

Abstained

ALDE: Grigule, Takkula, Väyrynen

ECR: Ashworth, Bashir, van Dalen, Demesmaeker, Duncan, Girling, Loones, Stevens, Swinburne, Tannock, Van Bossuyt

EFDD: Adinolfi, Agea, Aiuto, Beghin, Borrelli, Castaldo, Corrao, D'Amato, Evi, Ferrara, Iwaszkiewicz, Moi, Paksas, Pedicini, Tamburrano, Valli, Zullo

ENF: Rebega, Żółtek

GUE/NGL: Benito Ziluaga, Björk, González Peñas, Hadjigeorgiou, de Jong, Kari, Mineur, Sánchez Caldentey, Senra Rodríguez, Sylikiotis, Torres Martínez, Urbán Crespo

NI: Korwin-Mikke

EPP: Ungureanu

S&D: Sant

Greens: Evans, Ždanoka

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