Debate on October’s EU summit dominated by Brexit and migration

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Debate on October's EU summit dominated by Brexit and migrationMEPs welcomed the EU’s unified approach on Brexit and criticised the Council’s inaction on key dossiers, such as migration and social policies, during a debate on the EU summit.

Minister Juliane Bogner-Strauß, representing the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, said that migration should be the main topic on the agenda during the meeting of EU heads of state or government on the 18th of October.

The European Parliament’s political group leaders mostly focused on Brexit during the debate on the EU summit.

It was noted that many supported the EU’s position on the future border between Ireland and the United Kingdom which was put forward by European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker.

The informal summit in Salzburg, which was often raised during the debate, was for many a display of European solidarity on Brexit.

However some MEPs also criticised the lack of unity among member states on migration and the “Austrian presidency’s inaction on asylum reform and social policies.”

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