British trade minister Liam Fox criticised the European Union on February 3rd, saying that it would be "irresponsible" for the bloc to refuse to reopen negotiations over Britain's exit deal. In an interview with Sky News aired on February 3rd, Fox asked, "Are they really saying that they would rather not negotiate and end up in a 'no-deal' position?" The trade minister added, "It is in all our interests to get to that agreement and for the EU to say we are not going to even discuss it seems to me to be quite irresponsible."
According to Reuters, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is seeking changes to the Withdrawal Agreement she agreed with Brussels last year in order to win the support of parliament. The EU has said the deal cannot be renegotiated. Britain is due to exit the European Union on March 29th.
Meanwhile, the opposition Labour Party has asserted that it is now inevitable that the government will have to request an extension to the Article 50 exit negotiation period. Minister Fox is the second senior minister to suggest such a delay may be needed, after Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on January 30th that Britain may need time to get legislation through, Reuters reported.