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Anjum Shabbir
4th February 2020
External Relations & Trade Institutional law

Op-ed by Presidents of three EU Institutions about Brexit

David Sassoli (President of the European Parliament), Charles Michel (European Council President) and Ursula von der Leyen (President of the European Commission) have issued an Op-Ed on the European Parliament’s website to mark the last day that the UK was a Member State of the European Union.

Here are some excerpts from the joint message:

“As the night draws in this evening, the sun will set on more than 45 years of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. ….

How close that partnership [with the UK] will be depends on decisions that are still to be taken. Because every choice has a consequence. Without the free movement of people, there can be no free movement of capital, goods and services. Without a


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