Juncker will meet with MEPs before the May PM as the Brexit agreement takes shape – tech2.org

Juncker will meet with MEPs before the May PM as the Brexit agreement takes shape



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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will meet early with EU lawmakers on Monday, an EU official said on Sunday. Additional sign that a Brexit agreement with Britain could be ready.

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker speaks during a press conference at the closing session of the V Summit of the African Union and the European Union (AU-EU) in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on the 30th November 2017. REUTERS / Luc Gnago

Juncker and Barnier will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May during a lunch in Brussels on Monday. Diplomats say the agreement on three key issues that delay talks on future trade relations is close. A major obstacle has been the European Parliament's concerns about the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit.

Juncker's meeting at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) with the Brexit team of the legislature, led by Guy Verhofstadt, seems to be an effort to secure the approval of Parliament for an agreement on the rights of citizens. The parliament must approve any Brexit treaty.

Reports by Alastair Macdonald

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