BRUSSELS has told damaged Theresa May that there won’t be a “legally binding” pledge that Britain won’t be tied to the EU indefinitely.
The Prime Minister travelled to Brussels, begging EU27 leaders to help her get her hated Brexit deal through Parliament.
Brussels also REFUSED to change the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.
EU Cheif Jean-Claude Juncker said: “We don’t want the UK to think there can be any form of renegotiation, that is crystal clear.
“We can add clarifications but no real changes. There will be no legally binding obligations imposed on the withdrawal treaty.”
He sent a clear message to Britain: “Our UK friends need to say what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want,” he said.
“So we would like within a few weeks our UK friends to set out their expectations for us because this debate is sometimes nebulous and imprecise and I would like clarifications.”
May said needed the EU to ensure that the UK would not find itself tied to the Brussells indefinitely through the “backstop”.
“There is a majority in my Parliament who want to leave with a deal so with the right assurances this deal can be passed,”
“Indeed it is the only deal capable of getting through my Parliament.”
She made clear a failure by EU leaders to offer concessions risked the collapse of the whole agreement with the UK leaving in March in a disorderly, no-deal Brexit.
“We have to change the perception that the backstop could be a trap from which the UK could not escape. Until we do, the deal – our deal – is at risk,” she said.
“It is in none of our interests to run the risk of accidental no-deal with all the disruption that would bring, or to allow this to drag on any further.”
Parts of this article courtesy of PA