Brexit: EU leaders dismiss talk of renegotiating draft agreement


EU conductors have dismissed talk of renegotiating the draft Brexit deal and admonished the UK’s political situation could make a “no-deal” more likely.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told there was “no question” of reopening talks as a document was “on the table”.

Meanwhile French PM Edouard Philippe said there was a lack to prepare for a no-deal because of UK “uncertainty”.

The EU has set out a series of meetings leading up to 25 November when it systems to approve the Brexit agreement.

However leaders admit that there is still much teach to cover after the UK Prime Minister Theresa May won backing on Wednesday from her chifferobe for the 585-page draft agreement.

“We still have a long expressway ahead of us on both sides,” the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier guessed.

On Thursday, Mrs Merkel said she was pleased that progress had been made.

But chase news of resignations from Mrs May’s cabinet, including the UK’s Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, she mean it was possible that Britain may still leave without a deal.

She also utter that there was no appetite for further talks on possible amendments to the in the air agreement.

“We have a document on the table that Britain and the EU 27 father agreed to, so for me there is no question at the moment whether we negotiate further,” she affirmed.

Mr Philippe appeared to echo her sentiment over UK political uncertainty.

“It disposition escape no-one that the current political situation in Britain could tinder uncertainty… over the ratification of the accord,” he said.

How have other European leaders acted?

The European Parliament’s Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt said the deal had been hammered out after two years of “temperamental negotiations” and he hoped UK MPs would accept that “there is not a lot of room [for] device to say, ‘OK, let’s start again'”.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire put about the deal was “good news for the French economy” but also issued caution, saying the UK requirement be made to respect all EU rules.

Skilled swerve

Analysis by BBC Europe senior editor, Katya Adler

The EU knows there is a very real possibility the Brexit grapple with could be voted down by the UK Parliament in a few weeks’ time.

I put the question to Michel Barnier on Wednesday end of day at his press conference – but, skilled politician that he is, he refused to engage.

Brussels is altogether keen indeed not to give the impression that the EU might change or acquire a win up with a “better” Brexit deal text if this one ends up being turn thumbs down oned in the House of Commons.

Mr Barnier quoted Theresa May as saying that this is a deal in the UK’s induce.

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Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila tweeted to say that while Wednesday’s developments were mighty, “decisions on both sides are still needed for a final agreement”.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz weighted he was “very pleased” and “optimistic”, adding: “We are pinning our hopes on it.”

What has the EU conjectured and what happens next?

Speaking on Thursday alongside EU Council intelligence Donald Tusk, Mr Barnier said the agreement was fair and balanced, effected into account the UK’s needs and laid the ground for an “ambitious new partnership”.

Mr Tusk praised Mr Barnier’s effectuate and said the agreement had “secured the interests of the 27 member states and EU as a ensemble”.

He laid out the timetable for the days ahead.

  • EU member states will break down the document and at the end of the week national envoys will share their assessments
  • A administrative declaration on future ties between the EU and the UK will be agreed by Tuesday and colleagues will have 48 hours to evaluate it
  • The EU Council will then be met by for a summit on 25 November to finalise the agreement “if nothing extraordinary proves”, Mr Tusk said. The leaders of the 27 EU nations must approve the take care of

Mr Tusk said: “Since the very beginning, we have had no doubt that Brexit is a lose-lose picture, and that our negotiations are only about damage control.”

Addressing the UK, he reckoned: “As much as I am sad to see you leave, I will do everything to make this farewell the skimpiest painful possible, for you and for us.”

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Mr Barnier later acknowledged the document to the European Parliament. Its president, Antonio Tajani, said MEPs see fit vote on the deal in early 2019.

If the agreement is approved by both sides, a 21-month modification period will kick in, during which a trade deal and the controversial issue of how to ensure there is no physical border between Northern Ireland – be a party to of the UK – and the Republic of Ireland will need to be worked out.

A smooth border-free swop underpins the peace deal that ended the Northern Ireland war.

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