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Support for second Brexit referendum ‘almost unanimous’ among European Union leaders

Support for second Brexit referendum ‘almost unanimous’ among European Union leaders

Despite the shortened time slot, the Prime Minister appeared optimistic about the meeting in Salzburg tomorrow - and insisted her Chequers plan was the only realistic Brexit plan in the eyes of the EU.

A second said May seemed to be edging toward compromise, offering new proposals on how to avoid differing economic regulations disrupting trade and speaking of a "middle way": "She spoke".

"We gave people their choice, people made their choice". If we were to go back on that vote, it would destroy trust in politicians'.

She added: "We held a people's vote - it was the referendum in 2016".

"We have a border already in the sense that there's a political border and different currencies used in Northern Ireland vs. Ireland, for example, so a political border does exist".

May hit back at the criticism, describing her plan as "the only serious proposition on the table", and said two key issues needed to be resolved.

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They agreed that parliaments in Strasbourg and Westminster should be able to vote on a "precise plan" for the future UK-EU relationship after Brexit.

Treasury minister Mel Stride said on Wednesday that, if the Chequers deal "doesn't' prevail", there could be "a situation where we could have a second referendum and we could end up not leaving the European Union altogether".

'I'm not going to be pushed away from doing what is necessary to get the right deal for Britain.

There are fears it could take an hour to process a lorry after Brexit
There are fears it could take an hour to process a lorry after Brexit

Neither side wants a "hard border" to spring up between Northern Ireland, a British-ruled province, and the Irish Republic when London splits from the EU single market and customs union, as this would hurt trade and might undermine the Good Friday peace agreement. "She's driving MPs like me to the ERG, because they are the only ones actually representing Conservative MPs and their constituents".

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. That's what the country wants and that's the solution to the logjam".

'As a nation, we're at a really important point in our history.

'We'll have the opportunity to take the freedoms that people voted for and use them to deliver that better future for everybody'.

Maintaining a united front that refuses to let May bypass the talks run by European Union negotiator Michel Barnier, the 27 leaders did not respond to her.

Brexit is a word you'll have heard a LOT over the last two years.

On Tuesday Barnier said the bloc was prepared to be flexible, explaining that he wanted to "de-dramatise" the border issue.

Mr Tusk said the Prime Minister's proposal is a "positive evolution" which displays a "will to minimise negative effects of Brexit".

May promised new proposals to reassure Dublin that it would not end up with a "hard border" with the British province of Northern Ireland but warned that she too could live with a no-deal outcome - though many around the summit in Salzburg do not believe that that is a credible threat.





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