London, June 10: United Kingdom (UK) foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has on Sunday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated the European Union (EU) was willing to re-negotiate British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan (divorce deal).
According to Dawn news reports, Hunt, among Conservatives vying to replace May after she stepped down as the party leader last Friday, stated he held talks with Merkel during the D-Day commemorations and convinced her to agree on changing Brexit proposal.
“She said that of course with a new British prime minister we would want to look at any solutions you have,” he told Sky News.
He added, “I’m absolutely clear that if we take the right approach to this, the Europeans would be willing to negotiate on the package.”
Hunt has claimed Merkel signalled there might be possibilities the EU leaders may be now open to the technical solution to this thorny issue, something which Brussels has earlier ruled out, terming it “unrealistic”.
“She said to me ‘Germany doesn’t have that border with the Republic of Ireland, you do … so you need to come up with the solution’,” he said of their conversation.
“So it’s going to be a solution that’s based around some technologies — what the Germans call intelligent border(s). I think that’s doable.”
A spokesperson for the German government has said it doesn’t comment over “the contents of confidential conversations with the chancellor”.