EU still sees no reworking of Brexit deal
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The European Commission again ruled out on Tuesday any reopening of the withdrawal treaty negotiated with Britain last year after a media report in London that UK Prime Minister Theresa May had asked aides to review alternative arrangements for the Irish border.

"It is excluded that we renegotiate or reopen the withdrawal agreement because this is the best solution possible," deputy chief spokesperson Mina Andreeva told a news conference, citing remarks by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

She had been asked about a report about pro-Brexit members of May's Conservative Party pressing the prime minister again to seek changes to the treaty so as to remove the controversial "backstop" protocol that is intended to avoid disruptive customs checks on Northern Ireland's sensitive land frontier with the European Union.

 Sign for "No border" is seen on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in Jonesborough, Northern Ireland December 10, 2018. /Reuters Photo

 Sign for "No border" is seen on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in Jonesborough, Northern Ireland December 10, 2018. /Reuters Photo

May's spokesperson on Tuesday told reporters May's government is focused on passing the law it needs to ratify Britain's exit from the European Union

He added talks with the opposition Labour Party on finding a way forward on Brexit would require compromise on both sides, and that the legislation could be introduced to make progress with the Brexit process.

Source(s): Reuters