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European Parliament President David Sassoli's speech to the European Council , 17 Oct
The full text is available here.
"We welcome the agreement reached with the government of the United Kingdom. The European Parliament will examine closely the terms and substance of the agreement to verify that it is consistent with the interests of the European Union and its citizens. Parliament will continue to act with the sense of responsibility that we have shown to date."

BLOOMBERG | EU Shuts Down Talk of Fallback If Deal Defeated: Brexit Update, 17 Oct
[7:04 PM] A few countries wanted to talk about how EU leaders would respond if the U.K. Parliament rejects the deal in the vote expected on Saturday, according to one EU official. That discussion, however, was quickly shut down by others around the table, the official said. Most EU leaders are keen to avoid interfering with Johnson's domestic battles -- either by increasing pressure on undecided lawmakers, or by offering them a way out via an extension.
[8:55 PM] It's unlikely the bloc's leaders would refuse a request for an extension if the U.K. seeks it, according to an EU official. There would need to be a reason such as an election or referendum, said the official, who added that they expect Johnson would campaign for the deal he's negotiated rather than a no-deal exit. An extension would require another summit, the official said.
ahhh, Guardian "source" identified.

[President] David Sassoli unveiled the Brexit resolution, 16 Sep
"'The resolution says that if there is a no-deal departure, then that is entirely the responsibility of the United Kingdom,' he said."

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by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 10:03:29 PM EST
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