Withdrawal Agreement has to be respected by new UK PM, Says Jean-Claude Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the Withdrawal Agreement is not a “a treaty between Prime Minister Theresa May and himself. 

It is a treaty between the UK and the EU,” and it “has to be respected by whoever is the next British Prime Minister,” adding that the treaty will not be renegotiated.

Elsewhere, Germany’s European Affairs Minister, Michael Roth, yesterday said, “The EU and its member states cannot be blackmailed. I see no willingness to restart negotiations from the beginning,” warning that candidates for the Conservative Party leadership “would do well to bear that in mind in the course of their internal party campaigns.”

Separately, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was “a little bit concerned that some people in London seem to think that because the House of Commons failed to ratify the [Withdrawal] Agreement, that automatically means they will get a better one,” adding that thinking this way would be a “terrible political miscalculation.”

Meanwhile, the former Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, has launched her campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party, claiming that her commitment to delivering Brexit by the 31 October deadline was a “hard red line” for her. Leadsom said that her approach as Prime Minister would be to “create a new offer to the EU,” provide “certainty” to businesses and “negotiate directly with the key heads of the EU.” 

She also commented that she would “never say never” to another referendum on Scottish independence, and said she did not believe that Parliament had the ability to prevent a No Deal Brexit.

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