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May Fights to Save Brexit Deal         12/11 06:26

   Top European Union officials on Tuesday ruled out any renegotiation of the 
divorce agreement with Britain as Prime Minister Theresa May launched her fight 
to save her Brexit deal by lobbying leaders in Europe's capitals.

   THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Top European Union officials on Tuesday ruled 
out any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain as Prime Minister 
Theresa May launched her fight to save her Brexit deal by lobbying leaders in 
Europe's capitals.

   May began her quest over breakfast with Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, a day 
after she abandoned a vote in the U.K. Parliament to secure support for the 
agreement thrashed out with the EU over more than a year, sensing that it would 
be rejected in London "by a significant margin."

   While May made no public comment as she met Rutte in The Hague, European 
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the Brexit agreement 
cannot be re-opened for negotiation at a summit of EU leaders on Thursday, but 
he did say that elements of the deal could still be clarified.

   "There is no room whatsoever for renegotiation," Juncker told EU lawmakers 
in Strasbourg, France, as he briefed them on the summit.

   Juncker, who is set to meet May on Tuesday evening, underlined that "the 
deal we have achieved is the best deal possible. It is the only deal possible."

   But he added that "if used intelligently, (there) is room enough to give 
further clarification and further interpretations without opening the 
withdrawal agreement."

   EU leaders have often supplemented agreements with political declarations 
that clarify their interpretation of elements of an accord or provide 
assurances about how parts of any deal might work.

   In Brussels, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen also said that EU 
countries might be willing to clarify parts of the deal.

   "It is always a political option to clarify if that is needed, what is 
meant, what kind of underlining is needed," Samuelsen told reporters.

   One of the main sticking points since the Brexit talks began has been how to 
keep goods flowing between Northern Ireland in the U.K. and EU member country 
Ireland, and May is sure to seek flexibility on this from her European partners.

   But Juncker said that the so-called "backstop" --- an insurance arrangement 
to ensure that no hard border appears after Brexit on March 29 --- must remain, 
even though it was never meant to be used.

   "We have a common determination to do everything to be not in the situation 
one day to use that backstop, but we have to prepare," he said, and underlined 
that "Ireland will never be left alone."

   The European Parliament's Brexit point man, Guy Verhofstadt, noted that with 
the canceled vote in London "we have spiraled again into a new mess," and he 
supported Juncker's message.

   "Whatever the request may be we will never let down our Irish friends. It is 
out of the question to renegotiate the backstop," Verhofstadt said.

   If the Brexit agreement is accepted by the U.K. Parliament, it must still be 
endorsed by the European Parliament before March 29.

   May also travels Tuesday to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela 
Merkel and to Brussels for meetings with Juncker and EU Council President 
Donald Tusk, who will chair Thursday's summit.

   A senior German official said May won't get any pledge of new negotiations 
while in Berlin. And he stressed that the chief negotiators were in Brussels, 
not the German capital.

   Asked as he arrived at a meeting in Brussels what May can expect from 
Merkel, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth replied: "I hope they will wish 
each other Merry Christmas, strength and all the best for the new year. It's 
good to speak to each other, but there will certainly be no promises of any 
kind that we will reopen matters now and renegotiate."


(KA)

 
 
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