Brexit minister urges EU to reopen withdrawal deal talks

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(London) – Britain´s Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay warned the EU must reopen the withdrawal agreement reached with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May but rejected by MPs, so as to avoid a “disruptive” no-deal divorce in October.

“We do need to look at it again,” he said of the deal agreed by May and European Union leaders last year which British lawmakers have since voted down three times.

“It is in both sides interest to avoid no deal and to look at how we get a deal through parliament,” the minister added at a briefing for foreign media in London.

He was speaking on the eve of fresh talks with the EU´s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels which has repeatedly insisted it will not reopen the accord reached with May.