Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Theresa May in a Brexit crisis after her Salzburg humiliation

Theresa May in a Brexit crisis after her Salzburg humiliation

French President Emmanuel Macron said leaders of the Brexit campaign who told British voters it would be easy were "liars" and leaving the European Union was "not without costs".

Tusk said May has just four weeks to amend her plan - or perhaps face the dreaded prospect of leaving Europe with no deal - a so-called doomsday scenario.

In a statement at Downing Street, Mrs May said European Council president Donald Tusk had rejected her plan without properly explaining why it was unacceptable or offering an alternative.

The combative piece is said to have infuriated leaders by effectively rejecting Michel Barnier's revised proposals on the border issue before they have even been published.

This would increase the likelihood that Britain would face leaving the European Union without an agreement and of a general election or even a second referendum.

The British government argues this would draw a border down the Irish Sea and undermine the constitutional integrity of the country. But Britain rejects the EU's proposed solution, which would keep Northern Ireland inside the bloc's customs union while the rest of the United Kingdom leaves.

'It is something I will never agree to - indeed, in my judgement it is something no British Prime Minister would ever agree to.

Speaking about the need to work together, May added: "We need to hear from the European Union what the real issues are, and what their alternative is, so we can discuss them and we can make progress". That is why, following months of intensive work and detailed discussions, we proposed a third option for our future economic relationship, based on the frictionless trade in goods.

Construction worker Timothy Staples from Dunbar insisted that breaking ties with Brussels would be "better for us" economically.

"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.

"I want to be clear with you, that even in the event of a no deal, your rights will be protected".

She also sought to reassure those living in Northern Ireland that her government would do everything to prevent a hard border with the Irish Republic.

The pro-Brexit Daily Telegraph splashed a picture of French leader Emmanuel Macron, identified as one of May's most ruthless critics, on its front page, along with the sub-head "Disastrous negotiations threaten PM's leadership ahead of Tory conference".

Davis told Huffington Post there was a "rock-solid" core of party lawmakers who belonged to the European Research Group (ERG), a grouping which wants a sharper break with the EU and were willing to vote down her plans.

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