Jill Evans MEP calls for openness in the negotiations
April 20th 2017

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has called for the negotiations on the UK's withdrawal from the EU to be as open as possible so that citizens can get the facts about the discussions.

Jill Evans said:

"The time has come for openness and honesty. The negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have a massive impact on our future. People must know what is being said and done. It would be totally unacceptable for the talks to be held behind closed doors. There has been too much of that over the years in the Council.

"The UK Prime Minister has stated that announcing her red lines would weaken the hand of the government. But the same argument was made during the TTIP negotiations. The secrecy created fear and mistrust."

The European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has written to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, because she has already received complaints over requests for public access for to documents relating to the UK's withdrawal.

"I welcome Emily O’Reilly’s letter to the Commission. As an independent ombudsman, she is urging the Commission to be more accountable. Both sides must make the process as open as possible to citizens.

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Photo: Jill Evans