Juncker says he will NOT renegotiate Brexit - but Leadsom says he’s bluffing

PUBLISHED: 09:27 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 11 December 2018

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, participates in a press conference. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, participates in a press conference. Photo: Sven Hoppe/dpa

DPA/PA Images

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said the Withdrawal Agreement on offer is the “best deal possible” and the “only deal possible”, with “no room whatsoever for renegotiation”.

Become a Supporter

Almost four years after its creation The New European goes from strength to strength across print and online, offering a pro-European perspective on Brexit and reporting on the political response to the coronavirus outbreak, climate change and international politics. But we can only continue to grow with your support.

He said: “I will see Mrs May this evening and I have to say here in the Parliament, as I did say before in this Parliament, the deal we have achieved is the best deal possible - it is the only deal possible.”

MEPs applauded as he said: “There is no room whatsoever for renegotiation, but of course there is room if used intelligently, there is room enough to give further clarifications and further interpretations without opening the Withdrawal Agreement.

MORE: ‘EU legislation at work!’ Tommy Robinson supporter tries to burn EU flag... and fails

“This will not happen: everyone has to note that the Withdrawal Agreement will not be reopened.”

He said earlier that Brexit was a “surprise guest” at the European Council, adding: “I’m surprised because we had reached an agreement on the 25th November together with the government of the United Kingdom.

MORE: Subscribe to The New European for 26 weeks at just £30 - save £75!

MORE: May gets unexpected response from Commons on delivering Brexit

“Notwithstanding that, it would appear that there are problems right at the end of the road.”

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, however, insisted that Juncker was bluffing and would change his mind.

She said on LBC: “Of course we all know that’s not the case. This is a negotiation and there is always room for alternatives.”

She later told the BBC: “The EU is always in a position where it negotiates at the last possible moment.”

Andrea Leadsom recently told the media that she does not make predictions on Brexit.

Become a Supporter

Almost four years after its creation The New European goes from strength to strength across print and online, offering a pro-European perspective on Brexit and reporting on the political response to the coronavirus outbreak, climate change and international politics. But we can only rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press with your support. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

Become a supporter

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £20

Latest Articles

Most Read

latest issue

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Find your nearest pro-European campaigning activities, talks, protests and events nationwide.