Barnier says EU ready to work with Johnson for orderly Brexit

FILE PHOTO - EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia, Cyprus May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday the bloc was ready to work with incoming British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for an orderly Brexit.

“We look forward to working constructively with PM Johnson when he takes office, to facilitate the ratification of the withdrawal agreement and achieve an orderly Brexit,” Barnier said on Twitter.

“We are ready also to rework the agreed declaration on a new partnership,” he said, referring to the political declaration that accompanies the withdrawal agreement.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Robin Emmott