Britain Will Have to Pass Theresa May’s Brexit Plan, E.U. Warns Image



Stevan Erlanger | The New York Times

BRUSSELS — If Britain ever wants an orderly exit from the European Union, it must pass the withdrawal agreement painfully negotiated with the bloc, Michel Barnier, its chief Brexit negotiator, warned on Tuesday.

To date, the British Parliament has already rejected the agreement three times by margins varying from historic to hefty, though Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing for another shot, perhaps on Friday.

Even if Britain asks for a long extension to Article 50, Mr. Barnier said, the withdrawal agreement will not be reopened, and negotiations on the country’s future relationship with the European Union cannot legally take place until Britain is no longer a member.

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