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Lithuanian formin says changes to Brexit deal unlikely, but some clarifications possible

  • 2019-01-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - The Brexit deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom is unlikely to be changed, but Brussels may provide some additional clarifications on the document that has been rejected by British lawmakers, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Monday. 

"Changing the withdrawal agreement is more theoretical, because there is no willingness to open this Pandora box again," Linkevicius told reporters on his arrival for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. 

"Maybe we can provide some clarifications, explanations and assurances," he added.

The Lithuanian minister underlined that it is up to London to propose possible solutions after Britain's parliament voted down the deal last week. 

Prime Minister Theresa May is due to unveil her "Plan B" on Brexit to parliament on Monday.

"All options are on the table. The worst option is no deal and I cannot add anything else," Linas Linkevicius said. 

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU in late March, but its withdrawal from the bloc may be delayed in order to avoid a hard Brexit.