EU leaders rule out Brexit deal changes as Theresa May tour continues

Despite trips to The Hague, Berlin and Brussels, the PM faces the wrath of MPs, with one saying she is on the “cliff-edge”.

Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive at the chancellery in Berlin
Image:Theresa May and Angela Merkel arrive at the chancellery in Berlin

Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter, Sky News|AIWA! NO!|EU leaders have ruled out making any changes to the Brexit deal, as Theresa May fights to salvage it from a likely defeat in parliament.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted there was “no way” of re-opening negotiations on the agreement signed off last month in Brussels.

She added that efforts were being made to give reassurances to MPs who threatened to reject the deal in a vote supposed to be held on Tuesday.

The comments came after a meeting with Mrs May, who set off on a last-minute tour of European capitals.

The government could revoke Article 50 at any point before 29 March
Image:Mrs May is seeking ‘assurances’ about aspects of the deal in Europe

She began the day in The Hague with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who called talks with Mrs May “useful”.

Mrs May moved on to Berlin to meet Mrs Merkel, but their red carpet handshake was delayed when the prime minister got temporarily trapped inside her car.

Jean-Claude Juncker has also ruled out any changes to the terms of the divorce deal, ahead of his own meeting with Mrs May.

The European Commission president called it “the only deal possible”, adding: “There is no room whatsoever for renegotiation.”

Theresa May is greeted by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte upon her arrival in The Hague
Image:The PM also held talks with the Dutch leader Mark Rutte

Mrs May is also expected to meet European Council President Donald Tusk and speak to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz on the phone when she arrives in Brussels on Tuesday evening.

The prime minister will head to Ireland to meet Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Wednesday.

While she was out of the country, MPs gathered in parliament for an emergency debate on Mrs May’s decision to pull the vote on her Brexit deal.

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