EU again rules out re­work­ing Brexit deal

The Financial Daily - - INTERNATIONAL -

BRUS­SELS: The Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion re­peated on Mon­day that EU lead­ers would not rene­go­ti­ate a Brexit treaty agreed last month with Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and was press­ing on with plan­ning for Bri­tain to crash out of the Union without a deal.

"The deal that is on the ta­ble is the best and the only deal pos­si­ble," chief spokesman Mar­gari­tis Schi­nas told re­porters when asked about a phone con­ver­sa­tion on Fri­day be­tween May and Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker.

"This deal will not be rene­go­ti­ated."

He also re­peated that there were no talks planned be­tween ne­go­tia­tors from the two sides as "ne­go­ti­a­tions are com­plete".

Schi­nas re­peated that Juncker's con­ver­sa­tion with May on Fri­day was "friendly" and that the two would speak again this week.

May has failed to win par­lia­men­tary sup­port for the treaty she agree with fel­low lead­ers of the Eu­ro­pean Union last month and is ex­pected to put it to a vote next week. At a sum­mit on Dec. 14, she urged EU lead­ers to mod­ify some terms but they in­sisted they would not re­open the agree­ment.

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