UK cannot be treated as second category member if it takes part in EU elections- Tusk

epa07188890 European Union Council President Donald Tusk gives a press conference at the end of the European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 25 November 2018. The leaders of the 27 remaining EU member countries (EU27) have endorsed the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and approved the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations in a special meeting of the European Council on Britain leaving the EU under Article 50. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

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European Council President Donald Tusk said the UK cannot be treated as a “second category” member of the EU if it ends up taking part in the elections.

“One of the consequences of our decision is that the UK will hold European elections next month,” he said.

“We should approach this seriously, as UK Members of the European Parliament will be there for several months, maybe longer.

“They will be full Members of the Parliament, with all their rights and obligations.

The president of the European Council has warned opponents of Brexit not to “give in to fatalism” and accept Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Speaking in the European Parliament on Tuesday Donald Tusk said Europe and Britain needed “dreams and dreamers” to keep the idea of a united Europe alive and Britain in the EU, The Independent reports.

“During the European Council one of the leaders warned us not to be dreamers and that we shouldn’t think that Brexit can be reversed,” Mr Tusk told MEPs. “I didn’t respond at the time. But today in front of you I would like to say at this rather difficult moment in our history, that we need the dreamers and dreams. We cannot give into fatalism. At least, I will not stop dreaming about a better and united Europe.”

Via The Independent / Sky News


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