In Summary
  • He was speaking on the eve of fresh talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.
  • Theresa May twice delayed departure amid MPs' implacable opposition to her divorce deal.
  • Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is the frontrunner to replace May.

London

Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay warned Monday 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.

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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.

The pair last met in March, with the issue of citizens' rights in a no-deal scenario reportedly set to be discussed at Tuesday's meeting.

Barclay insisted Britain "needs to leave" the bloc on the latest deadline of October 31, after May twice delayed departure amid MPs' implacable opposition to her divorce deal.

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