Theresa May has played down hopes of changing Britain’s draft withdrawal deal in a move that will concern Brexiteer cabinet ministers demanding it be re-written.
The prime minister announced that she would visit European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week for further talks, but said the focus would be on the future relationship.
A group of cabinet ministers are attempting to secure further changes to Ms May’s plans – in particular in relation to the so called “backstop” – but Ms May instead made a determined defence of the arrangement setting out what happens with the Irish border after Brexit.
The Independent understands Downing Street is concerned that any attempt to re-open the withdrawal agreement will inadvertently give the EU a chance to tamper with what they believe are positive elements already secured by Ms May.
The Independent has launched its #FinalSay campaign to demand that voters are given a voice on the final Brexit deal.