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Bishops warn against no-deal brexit in farewell message to departing UK

European bishops have released a statement in light of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), told Catholics across the continent that while they were ‘saddened’ that the UK had left the EU, the ‘Catholic Church in Europe respects the will expressed by the British citizens during the 2016 Referendum.

In their statement, released on February 1, the bishops stated: “As stated by the bishops of the United Kingdom, we welcome the Brexit Deal recently achieved between the UK and the EU. It can be seen as a victory of common sense and good neighbourly relations.

“A No-Deal scenario would have had negative effects on both the United Kingdom and the European Union, but, overall, it would have been harmful for the most vulnerable people. Even if the UK is no longer part of the EU, it will continue being part of Europe.

 

Respect

“We are all destined to live and work together in the full respect of everyone else’s choices and diversities.

“It is crucial, therefore, to maintain good relations with each other.”

The bishops invited ‘people of good will’ to pray and work for the common good as the UK has now officially left the EU, adding they must ensure it ‘will not succeed in shattering the fraternal relations between brothers and sisters on both shores of the sea.’

“It might be a long and challenging process, but it could also be an opportunity to trigger new dynamics between European peoples and rebuild a sense of community in Europe,” they wrote.

 

European Church

“Despite Brexit, the bishops’ conferences of the UK will remain an integral part of the Church in Europe.

“Their bishop delegates will even continue to be participating at COMECE, at the political level as observer members, and at the technical level within the framework of the COMECE Commissions and Working groups.”

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