Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Britain’s May Says Brexit Negotiations Have Reached ‘an Impasse’

UK media May 'humiliated' after EU trashes her Brexit plan Theresa May ‘Humiliated’ at EU Summit Likelihood of No Deal Brexit Grows The Associated Press21 Sep 2018
Deanna Wagner | 23 September, 2018, 11:59

British Prime Minister Theresa May challenged the European Union on Friday to break the "impasse" in Brexit negotiations, fighting back after the bloc threw divorce negotiations into doubt by labeling May's blueprint for leaving the bloc unworkable.

"Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal for economic cooperation, the suggested framework will not work - not least because it risks undermining the single market", he said.

But on Friday he put another spin on things saying the Chequers plan was "a step in the right direction" and added: "I remain convinced that a compromise, good for all, is still possible".

Tusk issued a statement on Friday evening calling himself "a close friend of the United Kingdom and a true admirer of PM May".

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday demanded new proposals and respect from European Union leaders, saying after a summit in Austria that talks had hit an impasse and, in a prominent Eurosceptic Sunday newspaper, she stuck to her guns.

"The UK stance presented just before and during the Salzburg meeting was surprisingly tough and in fact uncompromising", he said in a statement. "The U.K. expects the same ... at this late stage in the negotiations, it is not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals".

The pound fell sharply as May delivered the angry retort, as markets assessed that the chances of "no deal" have risen.

Some drama is often seen as a useful part of reaching a diplomatic deal that is unlikely to be popular with voters, but there was also some concern in Brussels that it will be useful to keep tempers in check as both sides try to avoid a stalemate. The EU has a record of taking negotiations to the wire before agreeing a compromise at the last minute, and this may be what the PM is pinning her hopes on. She once again ruled out a second Brexit referendum.

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"The trouble with the position the European Union took yesterday is it pushes people like me further into the camp of those who say "look, we told you so, there's no compromise or flexibility to be found on the European Union side".

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'That would make a mockery of the referendum we had two years ago.

- NO DEAL The nuclear option. "Not with this PM, and not with this parliament". Later Mr. Tusk posted a picture on Instagram showing him offering Ms.

Many business chiefs and investors say a so called "no-deal" Brexit would weaken the West, panic financial markets and block the arteries of trade.

He said May was "a very stoic, resilient character".

May said she was ready to come forward with new ideas on unblocking the disagreement over future arrangements at the Irish border.

"She's had her chance, we now need a People's Vote". The broadly pro-EU Guardian said May had been "humiliated". A report that May's hardline pro-Brexit trade minister planned to do away with European Union food safety standards in order to cut a trade deal with Washington also soured the mood and dampened plans to make a show of compromise with the prime minister.

May said: "No one wants a good deal more than me".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described May on the Brexit negotiations as "dreadful" as she branded the Chequers proposals a "dead duck".

The prospect of a no-deal Brexit is becoming likelier by the day.

Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt said she believed that voters "still want a deal but (are) content to go without one".