Guy Verhofstadt, Belgium MEP, who was Chair of the EU’s Brexit Steering Group, is set to be replaced in his role. German MEP David McAllister, who is chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, will replace the former Belgium Prime Minister. Mr Verhofstadt also served as the European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator in his position. 

The EU chief is expected to get a big role in the new Conference on the Future Europe.

The new position is expected to encourage further engagement with the bloc.

The proposed “Conference on the Future of Europe” plans to address a range of issues as the bloc seeks to rebuild following Britain’s EU exit.

Writing in a letter to Europeans ahead of the EU Parliament election in May, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed the blueprint over the blocs future.

The plans have already been given the seal of approval by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Despite not offering a clear plan, it is thought the conference will be headed up by a “senior European personality”, who would act as an interlocutor between the Commission, Council and Parliament.

“The Conference should commit itself already in the inter-institutional mandate to produce tangible and concrete results,” it says.

The plan adds: “The final document with recommendations should be presented to the EUCO for debate and implementation.”

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But, despite his efforts, Britain overwhelmingly backed Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson who vowed to “get Brexit done”.

Mr Johnson secured a thumping majority of 80 in the House of Commons, as the election proved to be the Labour Party’s worst result since the Second World War.

Britain is currently scheduled to officially leave the European Union on January 31 – paving the way for critical trade negotiations to begin.

The UK will then enter a transition period until the end of 2020 – where Prime Minister Johnson aims to secure an agreement with the bloc.

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