EU, Ireland say no renegotiation on Brexit deal

BRUSSELS, The European Commission and Ireland Wednesday said that the UK?’s Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union and the Political Declaration have been negotiated in good faith and have been agreed by all 27 Leaders of the EU Member States as well as by the United Kingdom Government. “As we have said on many occasions, the Withdrawal Agreement is the best and only deal possible. It is not open for renegotiation,” stressed the President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in a joint statement following their meeting in Brussels today. “We will continue to seek agreement on the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom but we will also step up our preparation for a no-deal scenario,” said the statement released a day before UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to hold talks in Brussels on the Brexit deal.

Later speaking at a press conference, Juncker said that he will tell the British prime minister in their meeting tomorrow that the Commission is not prepared to reopen the issue. This is the common position of the 27 (EU member states.) “While we hope the backstop will not need to be used, it is a necessary legal guarantee to protect peace and to ensure there will be no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland,” said the statement.

On his part, Varadkar told the joint press conference that they not only discussed the current Brexit impasse but also talked about global issues like the EU’s free trade agreement with Japan and the situation in Venezuela.

Source: Kuwait News Agency