The European Parliament has informed that parliamentary oversight will begin as soon as possible in order to adopt the European Parliament’s position before the end of the transition period.

On Monday, leaders of political groups in the European Parliament and President David Sassoli spoke with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier about the agreement reached on December 24 regarding the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

As Sassoli said earlier on Twitter, the deal was adopted at almost the last minute and does not allow for it to be properly investigated in Parliament before the end of this year.

That is why Parliament adopted a temporary text to mitigate any unrest for citizens and businesses. It is also intended to prevent the chaos resulting from the lack of an agreement.

However, the interim implementation is expected to remain a special exception.

Leaders of political groups stressed that “this decision on this specific provisional implementation is not a precedent or a reopening of the commitments made by EU institutions. It should not serve as a blueprint for future approval procedures.”


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Parliament representatives will jointly study with the Presidency of the Council and the European Commission a proposal to slightly extend the period of application of the Interim Agreement, allowing for parliamentary ratification of the document during the plenary session in March.