Watch: Maltese MEPs have their say on Brexit

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Newsbook.com.mt spoke with the six Maltese MEPs during the plenary session in Strasbourg last week. When it comes to Brexit and its implications, citizenship seems to be a common worry should Great Britain opt out without an agreement.

Newly-elected Partit Laburista MEP Alex Agius Saliba said that Brexit will have huge repercussions for the EU and its member states. This as it is creating a state of uncertainty. Will EU citizens be allowed to continue residing in the UK and vice-versa is worrying? Agius-Saliba also touched on the need for certain terms regarding small and medium-sized enterprises that do business with the EU.

Veteran Partit Nazzjonalista MEP David Casa stated that the ball is now in the UK’s court. The EU has already stated its terms with the former UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Casa added that Boris Johnson’s talks with Jean Claude Juncker in Luxembourg have clearly shown that the UK Parliament has not yet submiytted any written terms on the negotiation table in order to end the Brexit negotiations in an orderly way.

From her end, Partit Laburista MEP Josianne Cutajar said that Brexit is a blow for Malta as the UK was usually an ally at EU level. She added that a Brexit with no agreement will bring about a lot of uncertainty as its effects are yet unclear on European individuals and families that live in the UK and vice-versa.

Partit Laburista MEP Miriam Dalli said that the majority of the MEPs would like an extension from the current deadline of the 31st of October in order to reach a concrete agreement.

Dalli added that the main interest of the Maltese MEPs is to ensure that those Maltese residing in the UK as well as students studying in the British Isles are assured that their live plans do not get disrupted.

Partit Nazzjonalista MEP Roberta Metsola hopes that there is a Brexit with an agreement. The EP is continuing negotiations to ensure that imports and exports of medicine and food as well as the mobility of persons to and from Europe and their rights are guaranteed.

From his end, Partit Laburista MEP Alfred Sant said that nobody knows as yet the possible repercussions that Brexit will create, and therefore every state is preparing for the worst case scenario.

On Wednesday the European Parliament (EP) approved the Resolution on a roadmap for a European union without Great Britain as one of its members. .  Amongst others, the UK was given the opportunity to activate Article 50 and extend the Brexit date to finalise an agreement.

The Resolution was approved with 544 favourable votes, 126 against and 38 abstentions