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Government Statement on outcome of Westminster votes

The EU position on the Withdrawal Agreement, including the backstop, is set out in the conclusions of the December meeting of the European Council. It has not changed.  

The Withdrawal Agreement is not open for re-negotiation.

The Agreement is a carefully negotiated compromise, which balances the UK position on customs and the single market with avoiding a hard border and protecting the integrity of the EU customs union and single market.  

The best way to ensure an orderly withdrawal is to ratify this Agreement.  

We have consistently said that we want the closest possible future relationship between the EU and the UK. A change in the UK red lines could lead to a change in the Political Declaration on the framework for the future relationship, and a better overall outcome. 

We will continue our preparations for all outcomes, including for a no-deal scenario.