December 10, 2018 / 9:39 AM / a month ago

Ireland's Coveney says Brexit deal won't change

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney speaks during a news conference in Dublin, Ireland, April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The legal text of the agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union will not change, Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday, a day before Britain’s parliament is to vote on whether to accept it.

Coveney said the withdrawal treaty, negotiated by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, was a “hard-won compromise” that was fair to both the EU and Britain and would not be re-negotiated.

“The deal ... is not going to change. Particularly the legal language of the withdrawal treaty. I hope people will see it for what it is, which is a fair, balanced document,” he said on entering talks of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska and Jan Strupczewski

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