May's Brexit plan goes pop after 'humiliation' by EU, British media says

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2018

But the remarks by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, exposed the deep chasm that remains between the two sides on certain key sticking points such as the Irish border.

He told a press conference: "Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market".

"Unfortunately we can not at this stage exclude a no-deal - it depends on both sides of negotiations". The Bank of England has warned that house prices would crash, businesses fret over chaos at the Channel ports and airlines worry that the agreements that keep planes in the air across Europe would fall away.

Now that's expected to last until the end of 2020 but if there is no deal to avoid the hard border in Ireland and a political declaration outlining future relations then there will be no so-called transition period.

Tusk warned that the clock is ticking.

"... It must be clear that there are some issues where we are not ready to compromise and first of all this is our four fundamental freedoms and the single market". "Therefore, every day that is left, we must use for talks".

Any Brexit deal will include a withdrawal agreement and transition period to smooth Britain's exit from the bloc.

May will address her soon-to-be former European colleagues at a dinner Wednesday night at the Felsenreitschule theater, where she's expected to push back against Barnier's proposals.

She said her "Chequers" proposals for trade with the European Union, intended also to resolve arguments over the borders of Northern Ireland, were the only way forward.

Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of Mrs May's DUP minority government allies, said: "Salzburg represents more evidence of the unreasonable and inflexible approach of the European Union to negotiations".

Mr Tusk said: "In October we expect maximum progress and results in the Brexit talks and then we will decide whether conditions are there to call an extra summit in November to finalise and formalise the deal".

The timetable has been set, but the route to the destination is still to be determined.

Speaking after a two-day summit in Salzburg, Mr Macron took aim at leading Leavers, saying: "Those who explain that we can easily live without Europe, that everything is going to be alright, and that it's going to bring a lot of money home are liars".

"We want to ensure predictability for our people and businesses so we want to somehow ease, mitigate the sometimes very tense and hard negotiations for Britain's exit from the European Union because we really want to break the impasse" between them, Morawiecki added.

Muscat's stance was reiterated by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who said he would support Britain holding another vote on European Union membership.

But he added negotiations were not yet at an "end game" and said Chequers was "broadly" a package that could get through Parliament.

"I think most of us would welcome a situation where there is the possibility of the British people putting things into perspective, seeing what has been negotiated, seeing the options, and then deciding once and for all".

The First Minister said: "A no-deal Brexit will, by the United Kingdom government's own admission, lead to dire economic consequences and a shortage of medicines and foodstuffs".

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