News World Brexit agreement is "the best deal possible", EU Commission says

Brexit agreement is “the best deal possible”, EU Commission says

The deal reached on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union is the “best possible” and is not up for negotiation but the European Commission is ready to talk with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a spokeswoman for the bloc’s executive said on Monday.

She was responding to an op-ed by British Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay, who said the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, must go back to EU leaders to change the terms of the talks because the British parliament will not accept the current deal.

“So far it…remains unchanged – this position that the withdrawal agreement is not up for negotiation but we are open to talk about the political declaration,” Mina Andreeva told a news briefing in Brussels.

“And of course we are willing to talk and engage with Prime Minister Johnson.”

Writing in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Barclay said the “political realities” had changed since Barnier’s instructions were set after Britain voted to leave the EU more than three years ago and that his mandate should reflect those differences.

Johnson has insisted Britain will leave the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal, and has told the bloc there is no point in new talks unless negotiators are willing to drop the so-called Northern Irish backstop agreed with his predecessor, Theresa May.

But Barnier has said the EU will not renegotiate the divorce deal, or Withdrawal Agreement, including the backstop, an insurance policy to prevent a return to a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.

“We are not in the blame game, this is not our business. Our business is to prepare for a no deal,” Andreeva said, saying that if Britain left without a deal it would cause “significant disruption” for citizens and businesses and have “a serious economic impact”.

“Both sides negotiated with the very best intentions and the very best efforts. The outcome on the table is the best deal possible and I don’t think that there is any fault or blame to be looked for in this,” she said.

“We just simply expect the UK to live up to its commitment to avoiding a hard border while protecting Ireland’s place in the internal mark.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Duchess Meghan wins bid to delay court battle with UK newspaper

Meghan, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, won her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed until next Autumn after...

New House President asks for number of personal guards to be halved

Newly-elected House President Adamos Adamou on Thursday requested for the number of police officers personally guarding him to be reduced from 15 to eight. Adamou,...

Greece to unveil one-month plan against COVID-19 on Friday, Oct 30

Greece will introduce further restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday, as further lockdowns were imposed in the...

Nicosia welcomes UN chief’s readiness for Cyprus peace talks to resume

Nicosia on Thursday welcomed the readiness of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to provide his good services for the resumption of talks for a...

Fierce fire at printing office in Latsia extinguished (PHOTOS)-UPDATED

A fire which broke out around 11:30am on Thursday at a printing office in the industrial area of Latsia, Nicosia, has been extinguished. This is...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...