UK's May seeks more compromise from European Union ahead of meeting

  • UK's May seeks more compromise from European Union ahead of meeting

UK's May seeks more compromise from European Union ahead of meeting

But former Brexit secretary David Davis today dismissed suggestions that the European Union would compromise over May's Chequers plan. "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", Tusk told reporters.

"Just think of all the people everyday who cross the border to work or study, think of all the businesses who trade across the border, so that's what we're trying to engineer in many ways, is a new relationship that at least when it comes to those matters, is very much like the one we have now, but that's hard to do".

Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade.

Tusk cast doubt on a special Brexit summit pencilled in for November, saying if sufficient progress towards a deal wasn't made in the next four weeks that meeting would not go ahead.

Speaking after her meeting with Mr Tusk, she said: "We both agree there can be no withdrawal agreement without a legally-operative backstop".

Of course there are tactics at play here.

"It may be that they will just accept what we have proposed after the Tory conference". "We want to avoid a 'No Deal Brexit, ' but we are preparing for that".

Neither side wants an arrangement that would require the rebuilding of border infrastructure, the removal of which was a key part of the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland after years of sectarian strife.

She added: "We are continuing to work for a good deal but there is a lot of work to be done and I will drive to deliver for the British people".

However, moments later, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that her plan was the only "serious and credible" one on the table.

But "unfortunately we can not at this stage exclude a no-deal - it depends on both sides of negotiations".

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has boldly said he would like the United Kingdom to hold a second Brexit referendum so as to settle the controversy "once and for all".

May had gone to Salzburg and pitched Chequers in person to the EU27, hoping for encouraging words for her plan, which seeks to smooth the path for post-Brexit trade with the continent, and keep borders as open as possible, by closely tying British regulations and tariffs to Europe's.

At dinner at the Felsenreitschule theatre - known to film fans for a scene in the musical "The Sound of Music" - May was due to make another pitch for support for her Chequers plan.

"With just weeks to go until a deal must be struck, the Prime Minister can not keep ignoring this reality".

'What I hear from other European Union leaders is a recognition of that timetable and a recognition of the importance of showing we can sit down and come to an agreement.

"The UK Government must demonstrate a resolute determination not to be bullied".

Barnier will formally unveil the new backstop text next month, though the changes "may not be enough for the UK", predicts The Times.