File photo of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
File photo of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

No room for renegotiation: EC President on Brexit

ANI | Updated: Dec 11, 2018 16:47 IST

Brussels [Belgium], Dec 11 (ANI): European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday said that there is "no room for renegotiation" regarding the Brexit deal, just a few hours before he is slated to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who delayed the parliamentary vote on the Brexit agreement.
May's decision on Monday spurred major furore in the House of Commons, with many British MPs calling for her resignation. Labour MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, even launched a "symbolic protest" by picking up the ceremonial mace that is representative of the royal authority of the crown. His breach of protocol, that left the House of Commons stupefied, got him expelled for the duration of the sitting on Monday.
The British Parliament has been debating the Brexit deal since December 4, the culmination of which was supposed to be the parliamentary vote on December 11 that would make or break the way in which the UK would be exiting from the European Union in March next year.
"I will meet @theresa_may this evening in Brussels. I remain convinced that the #Brexit deal we have is the best-and only-deal possible. There is no room for renegotiation, but further clarifications are possible," Juncker tweeted on Tuesday.
May is heading out to Brussels to discuss the "clear concerns" that the House has expressed regarding the withdrawal agreement with Juncker and her counterparts from other member states of the EU. She is also scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague on Tuesday, according to CNN.
Earlier, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, had stated that the Brexit deal would not be renegotiated, including the backstop, but the Council was ready to "discuss how to facilitate UK ratification." Tusk further mentioned that a meeting on Brexit has been called on Thursday where discussions will be held on the Council's preparedness for a "no-deal scenario". (ANI)

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