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Brexit, the redistribution of EP seats and the Commission's 2020 work plan

Brexit, the redistribution of EP seats and the Commission's 2020 work plan.

 
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Highlights

Brexit. Parliament is scheduled to hold its final vote in plenary on the Withdrawal Agreement on Wednesday at 18:00. To enter into force, any withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK needs to be approved by MEPs by a simple majority of votes cast. (Wednesday)

Redistribution of EP seats. As of 1 February, the number and distribution of seats in the Parliament changes following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Of the UK's 73 seats, 27 will be redistributed to other countries, while the remaining 46 will be kept in reserve for potential future enlargements.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Parliament will hold a ceremony to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp 75 years ago. Liliana Segre, Italian senator for life and Auschwitz survivor, will address MEPs during the ceremony (Wednesday).

2020 Commission Work Programme.  Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in the presence of the college of Commissioners, will present the Commission’s work programme for this year and then debate it with MEPs (Thursday).

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Brexit at the European Parliament

Last week, the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) agreed to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms. On the 29th of January, MEPs will vote on whether to give their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement in a #EPlenary session.

European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).  Report on Brexit: "Refugee protection and asylum policy" of the EU Affairs Committee of the House of Lords. (Monday)

European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).  Family Reunification post-Brexit: British Red Cross policy briefing on what Brexit will mean for separated families seeking to reunite in the UK. (Monday)

European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). Question for written answer P-003425/2019 to the Commission by Claude MORAES (S&D) on "No-deal Brexit preparedness concerning family reunification under Dublin III Regulation". (Monday)

Anthony Hook MEP in the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). Conclusion of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus on the facilitation of the issuance of visas

Find out more about the AFCO Committee's decision here
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