Sky News’ Adam Parsons ‘puts money’ on MEPs backing Brexit deal as UK-EU reach agreement

Brexit: European Parliament backed to approve deal by Parsons

The Sky News reporter said the European Union remained “regretful” about Britain’s decision to withdraw from the bloc but was happy to see the Brexit trade talks conclude. Mr Parsons said European Parliament President David Sassoli had reserved the right to have MEPs scrutinise the deal in 2021 before voting whether to accept it or not. But Mr Parsons said: “While Boris Johnson was talking, the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, put out a statement expressing regret but relief that a deal had been done and saying also he was disappointed the ratification process could not be followed, saying that the European Parliament would discuss and analyse this in the new year before deciding whether to approve it.

“Spoiler alert – I would put money on the fact they will approve it.

“Also, what I have discovered is that EU Ambassadors will meet tomorrow morning in order to be briefed by Michel Barnier.

“After all of these months avoiding a Christmas Day deadline, Mr Barnier’s reward for that is having to work on Christmas Day.”

Mr Parsons continued: “ That will start the process whereby this deal moves from the hands of the European Commission and into the hands of the member states who will then look at it and decide whether they give their approval before putting it into action on January 1.”

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President Sassoli took to Twitter to express his dismay about the delays in securing a Brexit deal before the European Parliament rose for the Christmas holidays.

He insisted MEPs will review the details of the agreement before confirming their “consent” to the ratification of the deal.

Mr Sassoli said: “I welcome the deal on the future EU-UK relationship. This can now form the basis of a new partnership.

“However, the last-minute nature of the agreement does not allow for proper parliamentary scrutiny by the @Europarl_EN before the end of the year.”

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He continued: “The @Europarl_EN will now analyse the agreement in detail before deciding whether to give consent in the new year.

“We will act responsibly in order to minimise disruption to citizens and prevent the chaos of a no-deal scenario.

“We thank and congratulate @MichelBarnier and the EU and UK negotiators for their intense efforts to reach this historic agreement.

“Regardless of #Brexit, the EU and the UK continue to share common values and interests.”

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However, earlier this month EU law expert Prof Piet Eeckhout suggested the Brexit agreement could be rolled-out on a provisional basis from January 1 should MEPs take weeks to review the deal.

Prof Eeckhout said: “The pure trade side of a deal, which would be that there are no tariffs or quotas, that can be applied provisionally.

“That doesn’t have to be necessarily approved by the European Parliament, it can be done by the EU Council of Ministers on the EU side, who can decide to provisionally apply the agreement and give more time to the European Parliament to look at the agreement and get it ratified.

“That’s the position on the EU side. The law is complicated and there’s a political element as well.”

The UK Parliament will also be required to ratify the Brexit trade deal and Government already confirmed both MPs and peers will be back in Westminster from December 30 to scrutinise the accord.

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