In the 2016 referendum, Scotland voted strongly in favour of remaining in the EU and the Scottish and Welsh parliaments recently refused to approve the withdrawal agreement. The debate in committee focused on Parliament`s contribution to protecting citizens` rights in the context of Brexit (the majority of speakers who praised the EU negotiating team) and what the UK and EU-27 governments should take to continue to protect these rights during the transition period and beyond. The debate also focused on the overall impact of Brexit and the future relationship between the EU and the UK, which will be the focus of future negotiations. DUP MP Diane Dodds said her vote was “not a vote against Brexit” (Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA) The official exit from the UK on Friday will open an 11-month transition period during which the two sides will negotiate a trade deal. DUP MP Diane Dodds said her last act in the European Parliament was to vote against the withdrawal agreement. The plenary vote of Parliament took place after the completion of the ratification process in the United Kingdom and the positive recommendation of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs. The second part of the withdrawal agreement protects EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in other EU countries, as well as their families. In accordance with its provisions, all social security rights are maintained under UNION law and citizens` rights are guaranteed throughout their lives, and the administrative procedures associated with them must be transparent, fluid and streamlined. The implementation and application of these conditions are overseen by an independent authority with powers equivalent to those of the European Commission.
After ratification by the British Parliament was concluded today with the royal approval of the European Union Withdrawal Agreement Act (withdrawal agreement), MEPs on the Constitutional Affairs Committee voted 23 in favour, 3 against and no abstention in favour of a positive recommendation on the EU-UK withdrawal agreement. The UK`s exit from the EU on 31 January was set in stone at a historic moment for the nation, when MEPs ratified the withdrawal agreement in Brussels, before breaking into a transfer of Auld Lang Syne. The ratification of the withdrawal agreement, concluded in October by the UK and the EU, was not in doubt, having approved its committee phase last week without any problems. Ms Dodds said her vote was “not a vote against Brexit.” Ms Dodds and Naomi Long, leader of the Alliance, voted against the agreement, while Martina Anderson of Sinn Fein voted in favour. “The people of Northern Ireland have rejected Brexit 2016 and we certainly do not agree with this isolated, isolationist and ruthless approach,” she said.