Irish premier Leo Varadkar said that the EU is open to further discussions the British government however, the EU withdrawal agreement remains the “best deal possible.”
Speaking alongside EU Council president Donald Tusk Wednesday, Varadkar said, “While we’re open to further discussions with the UK, the Withdrawal Agreement which was negotiated in good faith, over many months and agreed by 28 governments including that of the UK, stands.
“It remains the best deal possible.”
In relation to the Irish backstop, he added, “While we expect that the backstop will never be used, we agreed again today that it is needed as a legal guarantee to ensure that there is no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland while protecting the integrity of our European single market and customs union.
“I think the events in London and the instability in British politics in recent weeks demonstrates exactly why we need a legal guarantee and a solution that is operable, that we know will work and will last.”
However, despit Varadkar saying the EU remain open to talks, Tusk said that the EU will not make “any new offer” to Theresa May on the Brexit deal.
Tusk said, “The position of the EU27 is clear, as expressed in the documents agreed with the UK government that is the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration.
“The EU27 is not making any new offer.”
“I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”