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Extraordinary Plenary Session 28 June 2016: Parliament to debate and vote on consequences of UK referendum


In the wake of the UK’s EU membership referendum, MEPs will meet on Tuesday in Brussels for an extraordinary plenary session at 10:00. Parliament's political group leaders will discuss the consequences of the UK vote with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and a representative of the Dutch Presidency of the Council. At noon, they will vote on a non-binding resolution to feed into Wednesday's meeting of 27 EU heads of state and government on the same topic.


A joint draft resolution tabled by EPP, S&D, ALDE and the Greens/EFA says that the will expressed by the people of the UK must be entirely and fully respected, via a swift and coherent implementation of the withdrawal procedure, so as to prevent damaging uncertainty for the United Kingdom and the EU. The ECR, GUE and ENF groups have each tabled their own resolutions.

Parliament will have to approve any withdrawal agreement with the UK as well as any agreement on a new relationship between the EU and the UK.

Watch the debate live on EP Live and EbS+

Note to Editors

Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (verbatim):

1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
4. For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.
A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
5. If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.

Debate: Tuesday, 28 June
Vote: Tuesday, 28 June

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Draft Resolutions
EP Live
Joint statement by Schulz, Tusk, Rutte and Juncker on UK referendum outcome (24.06.2016)
Video: President Schulz and political leaders' statements on UK referendum outcome (24.06.2016)
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