Peter Altmaier stated there was zero chance to alter the Brexit deal
The European Union has told the United Kingdom there is zero possibility of renegotiating Brexit following Theresa May’s deal with leaving the EU.
Senior EU officials have insisted the deal is fair enough to go along with.
“No deal better than the one on the table can be reached,” said Germany’s European affairs minister, Michael Roth on the dubious draft Brexit deal.
Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier stated there was zero chance to alter the Brexit deal while discharging any hope of a return to the drafting table.
May is now facing a significant backlash from both the UK public and her own Cabinet over the ‘no deal’ Brexit.
According to a named source in the UK’s armed forces cited by The Sunday Times, London has tasked troops with developing a plan to prevent an uprising if the country leaves the European Union without a deal.
According to PressTV: The comments come as British Prime Minister Theresa May is working with the EU on the concluding details of the Brexit agreement to make it available for a summit of EU leaders on Sunday.
May has indicated that she could gain concessions from the EU on a political declaration that would define the bases of the future relations between the two sides.
However, her opponents want changes to the 585-page deal that is mostly concerned with Britain’s departure from the EU on March 29, 2019, which includes questionable measures about how the two sides will cooperate during a two-year transition period.
The EU’s top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Monday that ministers of member states had endorsed the deal, saying it was sufficiently “fair and balanced.”
“The deal is fair and balanced. We are in fact at a decisive moment in this process; no one should lose sight of the progress that has been achieved in Brussels and London,” Barnier said.
The French diplomat suggested, however, that there might be a possibility for the EU to allow an expansion to Brexit transition period to continue beyond December 2020 so that the two sides could have more time to work out a lasting agreement for future ties.
“The EU side will still have to decide the internal process for agreeing to extend the transition period,” Barnier said after a meeting of the EU’s national ministers in Brussels.
British officials said that London was allowed to ask for an extended transition stage although they insisted the measure should end by 2020 when Britain is due to hold its general election.
“It would be our discretion, it would be purely for us if we wanted to and there are reasons we may not want to take that up, it would be available to us,” said Business Secretary Greg Clark in an interview with the BBC Radio.
May’s spokesman also announced on Monday that there was little chance Britain would demand an extension to the post-Brexit transition period.
Estimates suggest an extension to the so-called implementation period would cost Britain an extra 10 billion pounds on top of nearly 40 billion pounds it has to pay for the two-year time.
May herself said at a speech in London that the transition time should complete before the next general election.
“I think it is important that in delivering for the British people we are out of the implementation period before the next general election,” the prime minister said while addressing business leaders.