‘No renegotiation’ of Brexit deal despite new Prime Minister

The EU has refused to renegotiate Brexit

Friday, June 21, 2019

There will be “no renegotiation” of Theresa May’s Brexit deal despite the change in Prime Minister, according to European Council president Donald Tusk.

He said the change of leader will make the Brexit process more “exciting”, but “nothing has changed”.

“Maybe the process of Brexit will be even more exciting than before because of some personnel decisions in London, but nothing has changed when it comes to our position,” he said.

His stance his been reinforced by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who added: “We repeated unanimously that there will be no renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement.”

Boris Johnson has said it is “perfectly realistic” to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement and still meet the October 31 Brexit deadline.

His rival Jeremy Hunt has said there is a deal to be done if the right team is sent to negotiate it.

He has said he would be prepared to delay Brexit if an agreement was in sight, but would walk away if there was no sign of movement from the EU.

Ms May was out of the country during the final rounds of leadership voting to attend European Council meetings.

She left a summit in Brussels this morning following a short meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel,  and the remaining EU members held Brexit talks after her departure.

It is expected to be Ms May's last summit as leader.

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