European Union rules out renegotiation of Brexit withdrawal agreement

Arturo Kim
January 30, 2019

A "backstop" mechanism for Northern Ireland's land border with the European Union is a stumbling block for British lawmakers to endorse Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal with the European Union.

"There can be no change to the backstop".

It's far from certain the amendment will win support from a majority in the House of Commons when it comes to a vote later Wednesday.

"On behalf of our businesses and the wider food industry we want to highlight to you the challenges for retailers and the consequences for millions of United Kingdom consumers of leaving the European Union without a deal at the end of March", the letter said.

Mr Tusk followed President Macron of France who, speaking in Cyprus, said that the withdrawal agreement... "It is not re-negotiable".

Facing the prospect of another doomed vote in the British Parliament, she agreed on Tuesday to take her draft "Brexit" plan back to Brussels to try and get the Europeans to accept changes to a key provision on the Irish border.

Brussels, however, has insisted it will not reopen talks to amend the deal which has already been signed off by the other 27 European Union member states.

The EU's deputy chief negotiator Sabine Weyand said on Monday the bloc was "open to alternative arrangements" on the Irish border but that Brady's proposal did not spell out what they were.

A no-deal Brexit is if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal.

"We will now take this mandate forward and seek to obtain legally binding changes to the Withdrawal Agreement that deal with concerns on the backstop while guaranteeing no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland". May's office said that might include an end date to ensure it is temporary or an exit clause for Britain. Some MPs have suggested putting a time limit on the backstop or removing it altogether. Ms.

It will be "extraordinarily difficult" for the United Kingdom to win concessions or remove the backstop unless it moves its own red lines, the official said.

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The EU has said it's willing to grant such an extension, which could be a couple years, but only if there is a clear path for negotiations, granted by consensus in London.

British lawmakers voted on Tuesday against a bid to prevent a potentially disorderly no-deal Brexit by wresting control of the negotiations from Prime Minister Theresa May if she fails to secure concessions from Brussels.

May's approach drew praise from "hard-Brexit"-backing lawmakers who have often opposed her".

Last amendment of the night, and one supported by the government.

But the idea of renegotiating the deal was scorned by their pro-EU colleagues.

The amendments put forward by individual MPs are a outcome of Theresa May's Brexit plan having been voted down by MPs in January.

The European Union has a message for Prime Minister Theresa May as she plots a path out of the Brexit impasse: Britain needs to decide what it really wants but the negotiated divorce deal will not be reopened.

Opposition Labour Party lawmaker Yvette Cooper accused the government of squandering precious time. Some opposition Labour Party members sided with the government, anxious about being seen as obstructing Brexit.

Former Conservative minister Caroline Spelman and Labour's Jack Dromey have joined forces to table an amendment to stop a no-deal Brexit. Despite having passed it is not legally binding, meaning the government can technically ignore it - perhaps especially so given it passed by just eight votes.

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