European Union leaders react to May's Brexit deal

Nellie Chapman
September 20, 2018

"There is no progress", Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told Reuters after the dinner. The 27 member states are due to discuss the issue on Thursday.

The UK vehicle industry has demanded Brexit negotiators rule out a "no-deal" scenario immediately, to avoid costly damage to the sector across Europe.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said he believes there will be a deal on Brexit but it will require intensification of the negotiations and that has not happened yet.

May said: "I welcome the fact that Michel Barnier is recognising the need to find a new solution because the original proposal put forward by the European Commission was unacceptable to us".

"A no-deal Brexit will - by the UK Government's own admission - lead to dire economic consequences and a shortage of medicines and foodstuffs".

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the host of the Salzburg summit, backed May in saying that "both sides need to compromise".

"Without an October grand finale, in a positive sense of this word, there is no reason to organise a special meeting in November", Tusk said.

But May has shown little sign of backing away from her "Chequers" plan.

It prompted two ministers to resign and among politicians is opposed by both supporters and opponents of Brexit.

Following a meeting with representatives of the other 27 European Union nations, Michel Barnier said October will prove decisive to "see if a Brexit agreement is within reach". Brussels has baulked at May's proposals for a future customs arrangement and for Northern Ireland. But the latter must be dealt with as part and parcel of the withdrawal accord. The EU is insisting on a legal "backstop" - a kind of insurance policy - where Northern Ireland would stay aligned with the EU in key areas.

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

The talks, which have gone on for over a year, are stuck over how to ensure that what will become Britain's only land border with the European Union, between Northern Ireland and Ireland, will not become home again to the checks and tensions of the past.

May reiterated this stance in her German article.

She speaks; they listen.

- The negativity piled on a few minutes later, when Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that the sides remain "no closer" to a deal than they were "in March". "We are ready for that eventuality, should it occur". Each side is urging the other to compromise while the European Union issues constant warnings to Britain about the Brexit clock ticking. Having dismissed technology as magical thinking for the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland it is suddenly okay for the border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Mostly because we have been focused on external border control and cooperation with third countries, which has brought down the number of irregular migrants from nearly 2 million in 2015 to fewer than 100.000 this year.

"I want to be absolutely clear, this government will never accept a second referendum".

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

Several other analysts, including correspondents from the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and Politico, also suggest the softer mood music from Barnier is more about style than substance, arguing that the EU's fundamental position remains unchanged.

May's parliamentary majority depends on support from Northern Ireland loyalists bitterly opposed to any weakening of links with the United Kingdom and she faces a hard Conservative Party conference at the end of month.

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