Juncker says EU will ‘always show loyalty’ to Ireland on Brexit

MEPs vote by substantial majority to discipline Hungary for breaching rule of law

Speaking during his annual state-of-the-union speech to the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker has said that all EU member states will show "loyalty and solidarity with Ireland when it comes to the Irish border." Video: European Commission

The EU will continue to stand by Ireland in the Brexit process in defence of the Belfast Agreement “in all its elements”, the president of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker reiterated on Wednesday.

Later, MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted by a substantial majority to discipline Hungary for breaches of the rule of law. The parliament, voting by the required two-thirds majority – 448 votes in favour, 197 against and 48 abstentions – called on the Council of Ministers to invoke Article 7 of the EU treaty against Hungary, which could see it deprived of voting rights in the Union.

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