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

Speaking inside Downing Street, she said: "I have always said that these negotiations would be tough, and they were always bound to be toughest in the final straight".

"Him (Olly Robbins) and others, the whole team, really need to look at this - why we were on Chequers when Chequers so obviously wasn't going to cut the mustard".

The UK would apply domestic tariffs and trade policies for goods intended for the UK, but charge European Union tariffs and their equivalents for goods which will end up heading into the EU.

The pound fell as much as 1.6% against the dollar, the most on a closing basis since June previous year. It was trading 1.3 per cent lower at 1.3095 as of 2.16pm in London. The party begins its annual conference in Birmingham next Sunday and Ms.

French President Emmanuel Macron calling Brexit campaigners liars and a jokey social media posting by Tusk about May not being allowed to "cherry pick" European Union market access were "not helpful", one European Union official said.

The judgment of British newspapers on Friday was brutal. The broadly pro-EU Guardian said May had been "humiliated".

In Salzburg, May was told quite plainly by her counterparts that her proposals on Brexit "will not work".

Popular tabloid The Sun went furthest in criticising the EU leaders, mocking up pictures of Macron and EU Council leader Donald Tusk as "Euro mobsters" under the headline "EU Dirty Rats".

After a dinner of Wiener schnitzel in Salzburg, EU leaders said they will push for a Brexit deal next month but warned May that if she will not give ground on trade and the Irish border by November they are ready to cope with Britain crashing out.

UK Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the bloc had "yanked up the handbrake" on the negotiations.

But anti-Brexit activist Gina Miller said British officials shouldn't have been surprised.

The next major milestone in the process is fast approaching, with the October 18 summit labelled a "moment of truth" by Mr Tusk. The Remain side edged the vote in Northern Ireland with 55.77% of the vote.

'Creating any form of customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK would not respect that Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom, in line with the principle of consent, as set out clearly in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

She said she wanted an agreement, but "I have always said no deal is better than a bad deal". You are our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues. "You have obligations towards us and we expect you and your government to respect and honour those obligations".

"The political games from both the European Union and our government need to end because no deal is not an option".

Labour Party Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said May was "in denial".

"It is something I will never agree to", she said, "and it is something no British prime minister will ever agree to".

Despite the somber mood music, May hinted there could be a way forward. The response of the EU27 leaders was to reiterate our trust in chief negotiator Michel Barnier and to reiterate our position on the integrity of the Single Market and the Irish backstop.