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New UK PM must change red lines to renegotiate Brexit deal, Dutch PM says

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New UK PM must change red lines to renegotiate Brexit deal, Dutch PM says
FILE PHOTO: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives at a European Union leaders summit after European Parliament elections to discuss who should run the EU executive for the next five years, in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2019. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS   -   Copyright  POOL(Reuters)
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LONDON (Reuters) – Delaying Brexit beyond Oct. 31 for further negotiation would be pointless unless Prime Minister Theresa May’s successor changes Britain’s red lines, Dutch PM Mark Rutte said on Thursday.

“If there are no changes in all the positions, I cannot see why it makes any sense to negotiate longer,” Rutte told the BBC in a radio interview.

“If the position doesn’t change, the only solution on the table is the current solution,” he added, referring to the deal struck between the EU and May that has been repeatedly rejected by British lawmakers.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout, editing by David Milliken)

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