Two weeks after the historic United Kingdom (UK) referendum on the European Union (EU) and under the shadow of Brexit, the European Parliament (EP) this week met in Strasbourg, the EP’s official seat, for its final plenary session before the summer recess.
Across the English Channel, the political fallout in the UK continues to unfold in dramatic fashion: resignations, mutiny and leadership races galore. Most notably, the past week’s Brexit related news has been dominated on the one hand by the resignation of Nigel Farage from the leadership of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and on the other by whispers in the corridors of the EP regarding Chancellor Angela Merkel’s dissatisfaction of the handling of Brexit by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. At the centre of EU policymaking, the scene was set for lively debate as Brexit continues to send shockwaves across the continent and EU leaders wrestle with Europe’s new reality.
This snapshot provides insights into key discussions taking place in the corridors of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Louise Harvey is Chair of FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications segment and Aled Williams is Senior Director and Constantine Levoyannis is Director at FTI Consulting in Brussels.