As domestic political events around Article 50 capture our attention, the European Parliament has continued to act as a key influencer both in public and behind the scenes. To understand the significance of the European Parliament's role it is vital to look at the actions of its 751 MEPs who have since the triggering of Article 50 in April 2017, lobbied for an outcome that protects citizens and the integrity of the European Union, whilst ensuring peace in Northern Ireland. The European Parliamentary Elections in May 2019 will also play a pivotal role in whatever follows, including any possible extension to Article 50, but also in the second phase of the negotiations. Equally the outcome of these elections will determine the trajectory of EU politics in tackling many of the key issues currently on the horizon and beyond.
This lecture will therefore provide a comprehensive overview of the European Parliament's role throughout the Article 50 process, whilst looking beyond March 29 and towards what the May 2019 elections may hold.
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