Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union states against renegotiating Brexit deal

European Union states against renegotiating Brexit deal

When the EU agreed to delay the UK's departure until the end of October, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said "please don't waste this time".

"On Brexit, there is nothing new because we repeat unanimously: there will be no renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker added.

Johnson faces foreign minister Jeremy Hunt in a contest to succeed Theresa May as party leader and prime minister, with Johnson the odds-on favourite to secure a majority of votes from Conservative Party members.

Whoever triumphs, the new prime minister will try to wring a tweaked Brexit withdrawal deal more palatable to British politicians from a sceptical Brussels that has said there will be no further negotiation over the agreement.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said that a no-deal Brexit should be a choice taken with "absolute clarity" about what it would mean for Britain's economy.

"That has not been done yet and I don't see that being done this side of October 31", Varadkar told reporters, insisting the backstop must stay.

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At the end, Tusk said the 27 remaining European Union member countries had agreed that they were looking forward to working with the next British leader and wanted both to avoid a disorderly Brexit and to establish a close partnership with Britain in the future.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Carney said: "Business will be reliant on what the governments are able to do in order to keep the ports open and trade flowing".

"Gatt applies if you have an agreement, not if you have decided not to have an agreement or have been unable to come to an agreement".

Johnson has said the United Kingdom could get a "standstill" under a provision of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Britain risks being left with a "permanently smaller" economy if it withdraws from the European Union without securing a withdrawal agreement, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said.

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