The UK formally announced its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March, signalling the start of lengthy negotiations between the UK and the EU to determine the terms of their new relationship. The European Parliament will play a key role in determining the outcome. If there is no deal and there is no agreement on extending the deadline, then the UK automatically leaves the EU after the two-year period.
On 17 January MEPs will elect a successor to current president Martin Schulz, who is stepping down and will then go on to decide on who will be vice-presidents and quaestors. The candidates, presented in order of the size of the political group they represent, are: A. Tajani, G. Pittella, H. Stevens, G. Verhofstadt, E. Forenza, J. Lambert, P. Pedicini, L. Rebega
In a post on December 15th, 2016, Hurriet Daily News releases the video of Miltos Kyrkos and Kader Sevinç asking the EU for a more consistent and inclusive policy towards Turkey, ahead of a key summit in Brussels. The video message is in english with turkish subtitles. Kader Sevinç is the EU representative of Turkey's main opposition party (CHP).