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  1. MEPs debate Brexit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier
  2. In a motion they recommend that EU leaders should not open trade talks yet
  3. The resolution is not binding on EU leaders or the European Commission
  4. This afternoon they debated Ryanair's flight cancellations
  5. They also debated new safety rules for ferries

Live Reporting

By Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

Goodnight & coming up tomorrow

And with that, tonight's sitting comes to an end.

MEPs will be back tomorrow at 08.00 BST, when their first debate is on this month's European Council summit.

After the voting session, the afternoon sitting begins with a debate the disputed referendum in Catalonia.

They will also discuss mis-spending of EU funds in 2016, and legislation to set up a new body to prosecute fraud against EU budget.

MEPs debate new safety rules for ferries

Ferry in the English Channel

Next up is a debate on a series of new EU safety requirements for passenger ships such as ferries.

The three new pieces of legislation include:

  • an update of EU fire safety rules for ships longer than 24m
  • new requirements for shipping firms to digitally register passenger details
  • inspection rules for high-speed and car-carrying ferries

MEPs have reached agreement with national ministers on the new laws, which will be put to a final vote tomorrow lunchtime.

MEPs debate criteria for endocrine disruptors

MEPs are now debating a proposal from the EU Commission to exempt certain pesticides from a new scheme to identify endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

EDCs can block the function of hormones and have been linked with declining sperm counts, some cancers, impaired intelligence, obesity and diabetes.

The European Commission published its criteria for identifying EDCs last year after criticism from the EU’s top court.

The food safety committee has tabled a motion calling for the Commission’s current plans, contained in secondary legislation, to be altered.

More criticism for Ryanair from MEPs...

Debate on Ryanair flight cancellations

European Parliament


Tania Gonzalez Penas

Spanish Podemos MEP Tania Gonzalez Penas says Ryanair has a "long history" of failing to protect passengers and its own workers.

The company should be investigated by European national authorities, she says.

Dutch Christian democrat Wim van der Camp says any passengers claiming compensation should not be tied up in "online bureaucracy"

He also questions the regulation in Ireland, asking: "where was the Irish regulator?"

MEPs call for Commission action

Debate on Ryanair flight cancellations

European Parliament


French Green MEP Karima Delli calls for sanctions to be imposed on the company.

She adds that Ryanair's cancellations show "the limits of the low-cost model".

Flemish nationalist Anneleen van Bossuyt claims to have drawn the European Commission's attention to the issue of passenger rights years ago to no avail.

"Now that thousands have been affected, I hope you will at last take action", she says.

Anneleen van Bossuyt

Czech MEP: Ryanair 'has messed up'

European Parliament


Pavel Telicka

Czech Liberal Pavel Telicka tells MEPs that "clearly something went wrong" at the company.

"To put it bluntly, Ryanair has messed up", he adds.

He says he is concerned that, more than ten years after they were passed, EU rules on passenger rights are not widely known about.

Irish Sinn Fein MEP says the situation at the company reflects a desire by the EU to "promote competitiveness to the detriment of workers' rights".

Commissioner welcomes CAA intervention

Debate on Ryanair flight cancellations

European Parliament


Violeta Bulc

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc says that she welcomes the actions of the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, and says all airlines must comply with EU legal requirements.

The European Commission has written to Ryanair to "underline their concerns", she says.

She adds that Ryanair has given "a number or reassurances" in response.

The European Commission's role in this area is to monitor how EU law is being implemented - but it expects the national regulators to remain "vigilant", she adds.

MEPs debate Ryanair flight cancellations

Ryanair plane at Dublin airport

MEPs are now discussing the conduct of Ryanair after the firm announced thousands of flight cancellations.

The airline has been accused of not properly informing passengers about their rights to compensation under EU law.

After an intervention by the Civil Aviation Authority, the company has now updated its website to explain how it will re-route customers.

The regulator had said Ryanair failed to provide customers with "necessary and accurate" information about their rights after flights were cancelled.

MEPs clash on climate targets

Debate on Bonn climate conference

European Parliament


UKIP MEP Julia Reid says the "never-ending" climate objectives proposed by the European Commission will lead to the the "final de-industrialisation of Europe".

If factories move to countries with much lower emissions standards, she adds, then this will end up increasing CO2 emissions.

However Dutch Green Bas Eickhout says the current provisions to implement the agreement are "insufficient" to meet the ambitions in the targets.

If Europe does not innovate, he adds, then it will end up "importing technologies" from countries from outside the continent.

Bas Eickhout

EU 'should press ahead' despite US withdrawal

Debate on Bonn climate conference

European Parliament


Peter Liese

German Christian democrat Peter Liese says that the main message from the Bonn conference should be that the EU wants to "press ahead" despite Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement.

French Socialist Gilles Parneaux says that the EU should eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels and reform its carbon trading scheme, known as the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

The ETS was launched in 2005 and negotiations are currently ongoing on a major overhaul.

MEPs debate Bonn climate conference

Chimney pollution
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MEPs are now debating the forthcoming UN climate change conference in Bonn in Germany.

The meeting in November will see signatory countries to the 2015 Paris agreement discuss how the obligations in the deal are to be implemented.

In an oral question, MEPs on the environment committee have asked EU states to “scale up” so-called climate financing in order to meet a target of $100bn per year by 2020.

MEPs debate 'partnership priorities' with Egypt

MEPs have now been joined by Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete to debate the EU’s “partnership priorities” for its relations with Egypt.

An updated version of the priorities agreed in July includes plans for co-operation on research, boosting foreign investment and renewable energy and tackling migration.

Commisioner in Istanbul Convention plea

Debate on combating child marriage

European Parliament


Gender Equality Commissioner Vera Jourova says that child marriage is a "complex problem that cannot be solved in one stroke".

She says that last year the EU gave €6m last year to Unicef's global population fund - and also contributes to programmes promoting access to healthcare and education.

These also help to combat child marriage, she adds.

She tells MEPs that allowing the EU to accede to the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty that aims to reduce violence against women, would improve the legal framework to help the victims of forced marriage.

All member states have signed the Convention, and 14 out of 28 have ratified it. The permission of national ministers is still needed to allow the EU itself to accede as a signatory.

MEPs debate attempts to tackle child marriage

European Parliament


MEPs are now debating a question from the women’s equality committee asking the EU Commission for an update on its efforts to combat child marriage.

It also asks the Commission what it is doing to prevent child marriage among migrants and refugees.

They also want to know whether the Commission provides “specific benchmarks” on child marriage in its co-operation agreements with non-EU countries.

MEP questions EU payments to Moldova

Debate on EU-Moldova relations

European Parliament


Franz Obermayr

Franz Obermayr, from Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, says the "rife" levels of corruption in Moldova should cause the EU to rethink its financial aid programme.

In any case, he says, the EU should be wary of "provoking Russia".

MEP links EU aid to electoral changes

European Parliament


David McAllister

German Christian democrat David McAllister says that the country's partnership with the EU is based on respect for the rule of law, "responsible leadership" and respect for fundamental rights.

He says the Moldovan government should ensure that all the recommendations on the new electoral law proposed by the Council of Europe's Venice Commission are respected.

Without progress in this area, conditions for EU aid should be "called into question", he adds.

MEPs disagree over electoral law

Debate on EU-Moldova relations

European Parliament


Cristian Dan Preda

Centre-right Romanian MEP Cristian Dan Preda says the changes to the electoral law have been made in a bid to "eliminate" opposition parties.

It is "reasonable" in the circumstances to ask the European Commission to suspend the EU aid payments recently approved by MEPs.

Victor Bostinaru says critics of the law forget that it is a "100% copy and paste" of the main electoral law in Germany.

"If we go not support Moldova today, we are going to say goodbye Moldova," he adds.

Commissioner: Electoral changes go against recommendations

Debate on EU-Moldova relations

European Parliament


Commissioner Stylianides

Commissioner Stylianides says that by taking part in the EU's eastern partnership programme, Moldova is not being asked to "choose between us and other global powers".

He says the new electoral law goes against recommendations from the Council of Europe that changes should carry a "broad political consensus" and not increase candidates' exposure to business interests.

The effect of the law on multi-party democracy will depend on its implementation, he adds.

The payment of new EU financial payments will be linked to reform proposal contained in a "memorandum of understanding" agreed with the country.

Good afternoon

Welcome back to this plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

First this afternoon, MEPs have been joined by Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides to debate EU relations with Moldova.

The former Soviet republic signed a far-reaching association agreement with the EU in 2014 and is one of six countries in the bloc’s “eastern partnership” scheme.

The country has recently seen protests over changes to the electoral system.

MEPs recently approved €60m in EU loans and €40m in grants to support the country’s economy following the huge banking scandal in 2014.

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Voting finished

That’s today’s voting session finished – those MEPs who didn’t get the chance to when the measures were debated will now get the chance to make short speeches explaining their votes.

Then after a break for lunch, the sitting will start again at 14.00 BST with a debate on EU relations with Moldova.

MEPs pass report on hostility to NGOs

Voting session

European Parliament


They also approve an advisory report from the development committee about clampdowns against charities and NGOs around the world.

The report says this is happening as a result of funding limitations, internet censorship, increased bureaucracy, as well as violence.

It also expresses concern about groups that legally receive foreign funding being branded as “foreign agents” by hostile governments.

It calls for EU states to use all tools at their disposal, including trade policy, to ensure “partner countries” live up to commitments to protect human rights.

MEPs pass Brexit motion

Voting session

European Parliament


MEPs pass unamended their advisory motion on the Brexit talks which they debated this morning.

The motion is backed by 557 MEPs, with 92 against and 29 abstentions.

The resolution recommends that, barring a "major breakthrough", EU leaders should not agree to open the next phase of talks at a meeting later this month.

The motion urges leaders to declare “sufficient progress” has not yet been made on the priority areas identified by the EU: guarantees on citizen's rights, a financial settlement and the Irish border.

It also accuses the UK of having "seriously impeded" talks over money through a lack of "clear proposals".

Voting underway

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Voting begins

That’s the debate on the state of Brexit negotiations finished – MEPs will vote on their non-binding motion as the first item during today’s voting session, which begins shortly.

Barnier: Transition period should be 'short'

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


Michel Barnier

Responding to the debate, European Commission Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier thanks MEPs for their "support" in the Brexit talks.

He dismisses comments from some that the Commission is seeking to punish the UK, saying "you will never find the tiniest speck of vengeance in my attitude towards you".

He also rejects criticism that the EU is playing for time in the talks, adding that it was the UK that "took the time" to wait nearly a year before sending the Article 50 letter.

He would like to speed up the talks "to the greatest possible extent", he tells MEPs.

Transitional arrangements would have to be a "short period", during which the "rules of the single market" would have to apply.

MEPs accuse UK of lacking clarity

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


Christofer Fjellner

Swedish centre-right MEP Christofer Fjellner says the UK has to "get its act together", whilst the EU has a clear negotiating mandate.

Greek New Democracy MEP Maria Spyraki says the UK is not doing enough to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK, including Greek nationals.

There should not be "any major change" in their position, she adds.

Danish social democrat Jeppe Kofod accuses Theresa May of vagueness in her demands for a post-Brexit relationship with the EU.

"Did Sir Humphrey write the Florence speech?", he adds.

Today's other motion

Debate on Brexit negotiations

'One Way' sign

The main motion has been signed by the leaders of five of the eight political groups in the European Parliament, which between them house 577 of the 751 MEPs.

This includes the leaders of the two largest groups, the centre-right EPP and the centre-left S&D.

It is the same coalition of groups that supported the Parliament’s initial red lines for the talks adopted in April this year.

The UKIP-dominated EFDD group has tabled its own counter-motion, although the group lacks the numbers to get it passed. If the main motion is passed, it will not even be voted on.

It takes a very different line from the main motion, calling for:

  • the current negotiating timetable to be changed
  • a “no-tariff free trade agreement” to be the priority in talks
  • no transition period after the UK leaves the EU in 2019
  • the EU’s top court to have no arbitration role in the UK after it leaves
  • the EU to bear the cost of relocating London-based EU agencies

MEP: UK effort to split EU 'has failed'

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


French Front National MEP Steeve Briois says UK has faced an "avalanche of demands and threats" since the Brexit vote.

The EU has shown its true colours, he says, revealing an "anti-democratic" side.

Hungarian Fidesz MEP Gyorgy Schopflin says the UK initially made a "serious diplomatic effort" to split the unity of the remaining EU but this has "failed".

Many in the UK seem to be "entirely unaware" of what the EU is saying, he adds.

Gyorgy Schopflin

Irish MEPs intervene on border issue

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


Mairead McGuiness

Irish Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuiness says today's motion simply "states the obvious" that not enough progress has been made to move talks onto trade.

She says that if the situation on the island of Ireland is to remain the same, then the UK will have to remain in the single market and the customs union.

"If that is not to be, then please tell me what will replace that?" she adds.

Another Irish MEP, the independent Marian Harkin who sits in the liberal ALDE group, says that Ireland may be even worse hit than the UK "in the event of a hard Brexit".

She says that the prospect of Northern Ireland remaining in the customs union and internal market would gain the support of a majority of people in Northern Ireland.

British MEPs clash over blame for slow talks

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


Steven Woolfe

Ex-UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe, who now sits as an independent, says British voters are "no longer fooled" by the EU's insistence that it wants to negotiate a fair deal.

He says the EU "wants its cake, our cake, the morning croissant, afternoon tea and finishing it with taking a pound of Britain's economic flesh".

However Labour MEP Richard Corbett blames the lack of progress so far on the "chaos, confusion and divisions" within the UK government.

He adds that ministers are trying to pursue a "particular form of Brexit" not supported by the public.

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Verhofstadt accused of 'taking sides'

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


James Nicholson

Ulster Unionist MEP James Nicholson says the European Parliament's position would result in an "international border" being established between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

He accuses the Parliament's chief Brexit spokesman Guy Verhofstadt of "taking sides" and warns the talks are "heading for a crash" unless the position changes.

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Farage: EU treating UK 'as a hostage'

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


Nigel Farage

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage begins by criticising the EU response to the disputed Catalan referendum over the weekend.

He tells MEPs that in his speech earlier, Jean-Claude Juncker had "not a dickie bird" to say about police violence, which he "never ever" thought he would see in an EU state.

He says that the Brexit vote was a "voice of national self-determination", but that the EU has treated the UK as "some kind of hostage" ever since.

He says the EU won't have an "intelligent conversation" about a trading relationship until all of its demands are met by the British negotiators.

The sight of Theresa May "begging" for a transitional deal in Florence was "pitiful", he adds.

Verhofstadt criticises 'settled status' plans

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt, who leads the Liberal ALDE group and is also the Parliament's chief Brexit spokesman, says he "deplores" the lack of progress so far.

There was "not enough" in Theresa May's Florence speech to say that "sufficient progress" has been made to move the talks onto trade.

He also criticises the UK's proposals for creating a new "settled status" for EU citizens after Brexit - which he says will cause a "huge administrative burden" for those affected.

The situation could be "solved immediately" by guaranteeing UK and EU citizens the "same rights as now", he adds.

Pittella: Four freedoms must apply to transition

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


Gianni Pitella

The leader of the Socialist and Democrat group, Italian MEP Gianni Pitella says there is still "a lot of uncertainty" in the state of talks.

All four freedoms should apply to any transitional deal, he adds.

Another Italian, Raffaele Fitto, from the conservative ECR group, says he is "a little more optimistic" about talks after Theresa May's Florence speech.

Neither side can afford to fail to reach an agreement, he adds - noting that this would be "bad for both sides".

Weber calls for Boris Johnson to be sacked

Debate on Brexit negotiations

European Parliament


Manfred Weber

German Christian democrat MEP Manfred Weber, who leads the centre-right EPP group, calls for foreign secretary Boris Johnson to be sacked.

"We need a clear answer who is responsible for the British position," he says.

Theresa May should "put Britain first" instead of fighting "quarrels" in the Conservative party, he adds.

He says that "clear progress" will be required by 2019 in order to guarantee that the European Parliament ratifies the final deal.