EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday that the Brexit deal can't be reopened.
Commenting on the Irish border issue, the EU official noted that the backstop is the only possible solution. He added that the EU is ready to assist with finding alternative solutions to the backstop during the transition period.
Dialogue @EU27 continues #Brexit. Today in The Hague with @MinPres Mark Rutte: full agreement that Withdrawal Agreement cannot be reopened. Backstop = only operational solution to address Irish border issue today. EU ready to work on alternative solutions during transition. pic.twitter.com/YsCNI10K71— Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) 4 февраля 2019 г.
Barnier's comment comes with the United Kingdom set to leave the bloc in less than two months' time, however, the UK House of Commons has not yet approved the draft Brexit withdrawal deal, citing concerns over the backstop. The European Union has said the agreement is not open for renegotiation.