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EU leaders say no to negotiating Brexit deal

by Purvai Dua
14th Dec 18 9:16 am

The Labour Party is demanding PM Theresa May bring her Brexit deal back to parliament after European Union leaders said that Brexit withdrawal agreement is “not open for renegotiation”.

EU leaders have reportedly ruled out new legally binding accords to amend the package, though they assured her that it should not bind Britain forever to EU rules. One source said May had no solid answers on what she wanted when grilled by EU leaders.

May sought help to overcome opposition at home to the treaty’s “Irish backstop” – an insurance clause obliging Britain to follow EU trade regulations until a better way is found to avoid a damaging “hard border” across the island of Ireland.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others ruled out any reopening of last month’s treaty aimed at easing Britain out of the bloc on March 29.

“It seems that the prime minister has failed in her bid to deliver meaningful changes to her Brexit deal,” the opposition Labour Party’s Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said.

“We cannot go on like this. The prime minister should reinstate the vote on her deal next week and let Parliament take back control,” he said.

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