Theresa Might has been immediately rebuffed by European leaders in attempts to renegotiate her Brexit deal.
The prime minister, fresh from the House of Commons supporting her bid to resume talks over her withdrawal agreement, was met hostility by leading EU figures.
Mrs May was informed by the bloc’s most effective officials they will not renegotiate the offer she concurred last year, but which was extremely turned down by MPs simply over a fortnight back.
Both European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and EU chief Brexit arbitrator Michel Barnier, speaking in the European Parliament, reiterated the bloc’s position that the UK’s current deal is the “best and just” arrangement possible.
Mr Juncker even cautioned Tuesday night’s vote in the Commons, where MPs
supported a require the controversial Irish border backstop in the offer to be changed with”alternative arrangements”, had” even more increased the danger of a disorderly exit of the UK “from the EU. The prime minister fared no better in a phone call with European Council president Donald Tusk later on Wednesday
.”The EU position is clear and consistent,” Mr Tusk tweeted after the set’s call.”The withdrawal agreement is not open for renegotiation. Yesterday, we learnt what the UK doesn’t desire.” However we still don’t know what the UK does desire.”An EU official informed Sky News the set had an
“open and frank”conversation, in which Mr Tusk was stated to have informed the prime minister her long for “alternative plans”doesn’t total up to a strategy. Mrs May’s newest round of diplomacy over Brexit also consisted of a phone discussion with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar. He was also dismissive of Mrs May’s dream to renegotiate the backstop-an insurance plan to avoid a tough verge on the
island of Ireland should such a scenario not be averted in a future UK-EU trade relationship. An Irish government spokesperson stated: “The Taoiseach set out as soon as again the unchanged Irish and EU position on the withdrawal arrangement and the backstop, keeping in mind that the current advancements had strengthened the requirement for a backstop which is lawfully robust and convenient in practice.”
German foreign minister Heiko Maas also repeated the EU’s line that the UK withdrawal contract is the “best and just solution for an orderly exit” which Berlin and the whole bloc “are securely on Ireland’s side”.
“We will not permit Ireland to be isolated on this problem,” he stated.
As well as her contacts with EU leaders on Wednesday, the prime minister met Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hours after the pair clashed throughout PMQs.
After their talks on Brexit in Mrs Might’s office in the Commons, Mr Corbyn exposed the prime minister was “major” and “exploratory on the problems”.
He set out Labour’s need for “an extensive customizeds union” with the EU and an “assurance” that she was no longer threatening a no-deal Brexit in order to win greater support for her “stopped working” withdrawal contract.
Mr Corbyn had previously declined to fulfill with the prime minister till she dismissed a no-deal Brexit, however changed his position on Tuesday night after MPs passed a symbolic motion to turn down the UK leaving the EU without a divorce deal and plan for a future relationship.
The Labour leader revealed he defined his own concerns with the backstop to Mrs May, consisting of how it would be “the first time in British history we ‘d participated in a treaty arrangement with anybody else of which there was no right to leave – because it would be a choice that could be made just by the other side”.
In spite of their discussions, Mr Corbyn stated he stays “suspicious that there is a procedure of running down the clock” by the prime minister towards a choice for MPs between her offer, or a no-deal Brexit.
Following the talks, Mrs May stated she was “pleased” to have actually met the Labour leader to “talk about how we guarantee Britain leaves the EU on 29 March”.
She appeared to dismiss Mr Corbyn’s desire for a post-Brexit customizeds union with the EU.
“I stressed to him the significance of the UK being able to do our own trade deals, and emphasised that the only way to avoid no deal is to elect an offer,” the prime minister added.