DUBLIN (Reuters) – Pro-Brexit British ministers are “not living in the real world” if they think they can renegotiate the divorce treaty agreed with the EU last week, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Saturday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting to save the draft withdrawal deal ahead of a vote in parliament after ministerial resignations and open talk of a challenge to her leadership followed its endorsement by cabinet.
Media - Friday - Pro-Brexit - Ministers - Trade
British media reported on Friday that pro-Brexit ministers, including trade minister Liam Fox and environment minister Michael Gove, the most prominent Brexiteer in May’s government, would meet this weekend to modify her deal.
Ireland has been among the EU governments that have said there was little scope to change the proposals.
Coveney - Saturday - Withdrawal - Treaty - Ministers
Coveney said on Saturday that the withdrawal treaty would not be reopened and suggested that wavering British ministers instead seek to influence the political declaration on future relations still under discussion.
“This idea that now after two years of negotiation, somehow four or five cabinet ministers can negotiate a different outcome and agree it...
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