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PM Dancila meets EU chief negotiator Barnier, talks focus on latest developments in Brexit process

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting on Thursday with the European Union’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, in which the two officials analyzed the latest developments in the Brexit process, marked by the negative vote in the British Parliament on the Withdrawal Agreement, informs the Government.

“In this difficult context, the talks focused on defining the European Union’s strategy in the next period, highlighting the possibility of prolonging negotiations to avoid UK’s withdrawal without agreement,” reads a release issued by the Executive.

The prime minister of Romania showed appreciation for the chief negotiator’s activity and expressed hope that his efforts will materialize in a positive outcome of the Brexit process.

Dancila pointed out Romania’s support for the Withdrawal Agreement, which is “the best instrument for limiting the impact of the Brexit process and guaranteeing legal certainty for European citizens and the business environment.” At the same time, the prime minister reconfirmed the importance of keeping the EU27 unity in this decisive stage in Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, the press release said.

The head of the Executive stressed the need to continue preparations at the European Union level for any possible scenario that might materialize in the coming period. In this respect, she underscored the efforts of the Romanian Presidency at the Council of the European Union to advance the adoption in an accelerated manner of all contingency measures in order to ensure the adequate preparation of the European Union at the time of withdrawal.

In this context, the prime minister said that the Union’s objective remains to avoid a disorderly withdrawal of Great Britain and to establish a future partnership between the two sides based on common values and interests, the release also mentioned.

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