Very valuable discussions re Brexit with Guy Verhofstadt – Brendan Smith TD

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I had very valuable meetings in the European Parliament, Commission and ALDE Group Headquarters in Brussels. Among the issues discussed were Brexit, CAP Reform and CAP Budget, Rural Development Funding, Fisheries, EU Digital Economy, Climate Change and forthcoming European Elections.

Guy Verhofstadt, the Parliament’s lead negotiator in the Brexit negotiations, reiterated to me again his strong views in relation to the need to ensure no return of a border on our island.

Obvious concerns outlined by Senior IFA and ICSA Officials in relation to CAP funding and impact of Brexit. Good to catch up again with Jim Nicholson MEP and very appreciative of the extensive briefings given by Commission Officials on such a range of issues.