Germany’s EU Affairs Minister Michael Roth Rules Out New Brexit Deal


The outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated a withdrawal agreement with the European Union following months of tough talks, but her own lawmakers have refused to support it on several occasions.

The European Union is no no mood to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc, Germany’s European Affairs Minister Michael Roth said on Tuesday.

“I don’t see any chances to renegotiate the package, the withdrawal agreement is the withdrawal agreement, and I don’t see any appetite to start new negotiations within the European Union,” Roth said ahead of a regular meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg, as quoted by Reuters.

Last week, he said he sees “no willingness to restart negotiations from the beginning”, urging the candidates to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister and Tory leader to bear this in mind during their internal party campaigns.

In a bid to deliver on the 2016 referendum vote, Theresa May sealed a withdrawal agreement with the European Union in November 2018, after two years of hard-fought negotiations. British MPs, however, have rejected it in three votes.

The main reason behind their reluctance was the so-called Irish backstop – a policy to ensure there is no ‘hard border’ (i.e. physical infrastructure) between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.



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