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European leaders pour scorn on British PM's Brexit plan

European leaders pour scorn on British PM's Brexit plan

She insisted that her proposals - the so-called Chequers plan - is the only option left.

Donald Tusk posted a photo of himself and the Prime Minister sharing cakes on the photo sharing website, with the caption: "A piece of cake, perhaps?"

Brussels believes the United Kingdom plan to use technology to keep the border frictionless is undeliverable, and instead wants Northern Ireland to effectively stay in the customs union and Single Market.

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.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses a press conference at the end of the EU Informal Summit of Heads of State or Government at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, on September 20, 2018.

May has claimed that her proposals were the "only serious, credible" way to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland. "I still believe there is political will on both sides".

The former soldier told the paper he was joining the hardline Brexiteer European Research Group (ERG), saying: "I've come to the conclusion that this "put up, shut up" attitude of the Prime Minister's - it's Chequers or nothing - you do as you're told or else, is a massive insult, not only to my colleagues but also to the voters".

Macron, meanwhile, expressed contempt for pro-Brexit British politicians who told the public there would be "simple solutions" to leaving. Tusk said a special Brexit summit could be held in mid-November if things progress as hoped - but only as a "punch line" if most of the deal had already been agreed.

"It must be clear that there are some issues where we are not ready to compromise, first off the four fundamental freedoms, the Single Market, this is why we remain sceptical of Chequers", Mr Tusk said.




The European Union's single market offers much to its members but also requires the free movement of people among its countries.

May tried to take the setback in her step, welcoming clarity on the deadline for a deal and promising to bring forward new plans on how to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

"It has been clear for weeks that Theresa May's Chequers' proposals can not deliver the comprehensive plan we need to protect jobs, the economy and avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland", he said.

"There's a lot of hard work to be done", she said.

Needless to say, the tone struck by both officials runs counter to the remarks made by the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in recent days, who suggested that an agreement in the coming weeks. But what we can not accept is seeing Northern Ireland carved away effectively from the United Kingdom's customs territory.

Mr Davis said decisions on confidence votes are based on the Prime Minister's standing at that point in time.

"But she will get up tomorrow morning and she will keep going, and I think the reserves that she has - she never talks about being type 1 diabetic, she never talks about now being over 60 or any of that sort of stuff - but the resilience she is showing under the most extreme pressure, we haven't seen in politics since the financial crash of 2008 and before then for a couple of decades before that".

"Of course, we've heard those voices in Europe that talk about a second referendum -- actually, others have now started to recognise more that this is going to happen, we are going to leave the EU".


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