- The European Parliament held an extraordinary plenary session in Brussels on Tuesday 28 June at 10.00 CET for MEPs to discuss and vote on a resolution assessing the outcome of the UK referendum and its consequences for the European Union. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council representatives also took part.
- Videos of the debate on the UK referendum are available here:
- Press releases:
- The coverage on this Storify page is in reverse chronological order (so the last speaker is on top and the first speaker on the bottom):
Manfred Weber, the German leader of the EPP group
- Manfred Weber concluding the debate: "What is most important for me today is that we in the European Parliament made clear that we believe in the European project."
Gianni Pittella, the Italian leader of the S&D group
- Gianni Pittella said: "This is no time for polemics. This is a historic event, we need clarity. Do we get clarity from the Brexit side? Difficult to see why all of a sudden there's no clarity."
- "We must not be at the mercy of struggles within the Tory party," Pittella added.
- He also underlined the need to move forward. "We are in good company here: the Christian Democrats, the Liberals, the Greens. All of those who want to change and save and salvage Europe. We want immediate action, we want the European Council to recognise what we are saying."
Ryszard Antoni Legutko, a Polish member of the ECR group
- Ryszard Antoni Legutko said: “We have to reflect now that our leaders have done something bad. The
Commission, what do you want to do to correct this mistake? The majority in this Parliament, what are you going to do? Because you are playing the same tune: It’s the nationalists, it’s the chauvinists that are to blame. This means that you haven’t really understood what reality is these days. Whatever happens in Europe, you play the same tunes.
“Apparently, a human person is the only living organism who can learn from his or her mistakes. But I wonder if the same applies to our leaders in Europe now.”
Guy Verhofstadt, the Belgian leader of the ALDE group
- Guy Verhofstadt said the most important thing today was to vote massively in favour of the proposed resolution on the UK referendum.