The European Union so far are refusing to publicly consider a renegotiation of a UK deal and hated backstop specifically, increasing the chances of a WTO Brexit.
Both Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier pushed against any changes in the European Parliament today, with Barnier describing the backstop as “part and parcel” of the EU Withdrawal Agreement and insisted “this will not be renegotiated”.
Michel Barnier: "The backstop is part and parcel of the withdrawal agreement, and this agreement will not be renegotiated"
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 30, 2019
With No Deal fast approaching, let’s see how long it takes for European governments to change their tune on this. Germany has just nearly halved its economic forecast for 2019…