Labour MEPs for the North East, Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen, continue to campaign for the best possible Brexit deal for the region, as leaving the EU must not mean leaving the North East behind.
Today marks the start of formal Brexit talks between the UK and the European Union, nearly a year on from the referendum which saw a result of 52% in favour of voting to leave.
The first day of Brexit negotiations will take place at the European Commission buildings in Brussels, followed by a join press conference this evening with Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
Jude Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen, Labour MEPs for the North East, have been working continuously to gauge the regional opinion on what the ‘Plan for the North East’ should be after leaving the EU. They have decided upon five Brexit Red Lines as key priorities in the negotiations.
The start of formal Brexit negotiations means that Jude and Paul have until March 2019 to make the case in the European Parliament for these Red Lines not to be crossed in the process.
Jude has been working tirelessly to bring forward petitions on the EU rights of UK citizens and played a key role in getting the European parliament to investigate working conditions at McDonald’s restaurants. This resulted in the fast food chain offering UK staff the chance to get off zero-hours contracts.
Paul has been heavily involved in the European Parliament’s initiatives to combat climate change. He also called on the UK government to review the common agricultural policy in order to secure farming jobs in the region.