Brexit has arrived

Updated: European Bishops: “Brexit will not succeed in shattering EU-UK fraternal relations”

In the context of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the COMECE Standing Committee has elaborated a declaration on the topic.

Although saddened by this event, the COMECE Standing Committee respect the will expressed by the British citizens during the 2016 Referendum and assure that, “even though the UK will no longer be part of the EU, it will still continue being part of Europe”.

COMECE will work to maintain fraternal relations between the EU and the UK and rebuild through them a sense of community in Europe.

(Source: COMECE)

EU Bishops look to make “strong contribution to dialogue” with Brussels post-Brexit

Meanwhile, for the third consecutive year the General Secretaries of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU gathered in Brussels on Thursday 30 January 2020 to nurture their effective cooperation with COMECE in view of a strong contribution to the dialogue with the EU institutions.

Related:  On COVID-19, Church development network urges Brussels: "Now is the time for Europewide solidarity"

Participants analysed the new settings of the European institutions, following the last EU elections held in May 2019. In this context, the discussion also addressed the recently published work programme of the new European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen, and the potential impact on the EU of the upcoming Brexit.

During the event, the General Secretaries also exchanged with some of the COMECE advisors on crucial topics for the role of the Church in the European Union: migration & asylumyouth policies and the external action of the EU.

In his first official meeting with the General Secretaries of the EU Bishops’ Conferences after starting his mandate in September 2019. Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto underlined the COMECE mission to dialogue with the EU, presenting needs, requests, opinions and sensitivities of the Bishops’ Conferences and highlighted “their precious role at the national level as transmitters and interpreters of EU actions”.

General Secretaries were encouraged to make the participation of their Bishops’ Conferences as substantial and active as possible within the context of COMECE Commissions and Working Groups, which are essentialand strategic in the Church’s dialogue with the EU institutions.

Related:  The spoon of patriotism: why the Greek Orthodox are refusing to give up Communion in times of coronavirus (and are making it political)

(Source: COMECE)

Next on Novena:

As Brexit arrives, Pope backs Churches’ vision for united Europe and Christians step up solidarity

Italian Bishops’ secretary urges EU to rethink common project in wake of Brexit

Irish priests warn of danger of chaos on border as Brexit looms

Cardinal Hollerich gives politicians this warning over Brexit

Vatican Foreign Minister says Brexit “must be respected” but insists on “value” of united Europe

Related

Share this:

The following two tabs change content below.

Cameron Doody

Director and editor at Novena
PhD in ancient Jewish/Christian history and philosophy. Lecturer in ethics at Loyola University Maryland, Alcalá de Henares (Spain) campus. Religion journalist with 4 years experience.
Related:  Maltese Catholic groups sound COVID-19 alarm for poor: "Although illness doesn't discriminate, the economic fall‑out will"