Integrity of the single market has to be protected – Helena Dalli
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Minister for European Affairs and Equality Helena Dalli, has said that with regards to the future relationship between the EU and the UK “the integrity of the single market has to be protected in any solution presented.”
On Friday, the General Affairs Council of the European Union was convened to discuss developments in the ongoing negotiations between the EU and the UK on the latter’s withdrawal from the Union.
Minister Helena Dalli took part in the meeting – held in the context of the publication of the white paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, and the Communication issued by the European Commission, urging all stakeholders to prepare for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.
The Minister, whist welcoming the UK’s white paper, stressed the need for any future solution “to be workable, to safeguard the level playing field, and to protect the integrity of the single market.”
Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator, presented the developments of the recent days to the General Council and stressed the need for an agreement to be reached before the European Council which takes place in October.
The General Affairs Council is tasked with making the preparations for the Council of the European Union on Article 50.
An agreement, between all parties, including on the issue of Ireland, needs to be sealed by October.