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EU Leaders 'Could Be Willing' to Renegotiate Brexit Deal – SNP Leader

© AFP 2022 / RUSSELL CHEYNE / POOLScotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks in the chamber on the second day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an indpendence referendum, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks in the chamber on the second day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an indpendence referendum, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh - Sputnik International
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Sturgeon also said it is “difficult to see” how the prime minister will be able to get the draft deal through parliament, with very few MPs backing the agreement.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), has said EU leaders “could be willing” to renegotiate terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc if the deal is voted down by parliament.

Speaking in Glasgow on Thursday, at the Scottish Federation of Small Businesses’ annual dinner, Sturgeon urged Prime Minister Theresa May to search for a “better alternative” instead of just waiting for the deal to be “defeated” by lawmakers.

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Moreover, despite the negative outlook, she insisted that a no-deal Brexit is not “inevitable”, adding that Brussels is likely to consider a fresh “sensible option” even at this late stage of negotiations.

“I think there would be a willingness to negotiate that on the part of the EU,” she said.

Sturgeon suggested the Article 50 deadline may need to be extended to allow negotiators to finalize terms of the divorce agreement and post-Brexit trade deal.

A still image from a video footage shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, in central London, Britain November 14, 2018 - Sputnik International
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PM May addressed parliament yesterday in a bid to address concerns and drum up support for the draft deal, but many politicians, including Tory MPs and some cabinet ministers, are reportedly still opposed to the deal.

Following the leaking of a copy of the deal on Wednesday, ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson called on MPs to block the proposal, warning that it could see Britain locked in the EU customs union long after Brexit.

Meanwhile, outspoken backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg described the deal as “rotten”, echoing Johnson’s concerns.

The PM is now facing the prospect of being ousted by a vote of no confidence – a move which could trigger another snap general election.

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