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European Union leader's scathing put-down sums up Theresa May's Brexit talks

22 Octobre 2018

British Euro-skeptics oppose Britain remaining in a customs union with the European Union, which is May's ultimate goal, because they say it would limit Britain's ability to strike trade deals around the world and force it to abide by rules it will have no power to shape.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labor Party, in a statement on Thursday said: "We are leaving the European Union, but we will not support a deal cobbled together by a divided and chaotic Conservative government if it's going to make life tougher for millions of people".

He denied suggestions, however, that it could be centre-stage of Brexit negotiations.

The Government source said the Taoiseach spoke to Mrs Merkel both yesterday, during day two of the European Union summit, and last night, during a dinner for European Union and Asian leaders.

"Certainly we're willing to listen to any proposals that might help to bring us to a solution". The removal of border posts was crucial to the Good Friday Agreement that ended years of deadly sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

"We've realised that if no agreement is reached, this will still lead to some sort of border".

Mr Tusk said: "We are in a much better mood than after Salzburg and I feel today we are much closer to final solutions and the deal". "If we would have solved it by November, or if it will take longer, isn't yet clear", he emphasised, "What is sure is that we are pressed for time".

"I stand ready to convene a European Council on Brexit, if and when the EU negotiator reports that decisive progress has been made", Tusk said.

This could see a draft Brexit deal pushed back to a December summit, leaving little time for its ratification by the British and European parliaments.

He also described the internal politics of the British government as "difficult", adding that Prime Minister Theresa May is running a minority government with internal divisions. "It's no longer a technical issue, it's for the political ability of the United Kingdom to reach an agreement that can be presented to us", Macron said.

Mrs May told leaders of the remaining European Union member states in Brussels that she was ready to consider an extension by "a matter of months" of the transition period, which is now due to stretch until December 2020.

In March, he said the United Kingdom was once "in with a lot of opt-outs, and now they want out with a lot of opt-ins".

The Telegraph, often a mouthpiece for the right wing of the Conservative Party, said that Mr Raab's comments would be welcomed by pro-Brexit MPs.

May has tried to maintain an optimistic tone when speaking about the U.K.'s pending exit, touting progress in the complicated talks even as she acknowledges the stark divide between the two sides' positions.

The British prime minister told her counterparts she would be open to the idea of prolonging Britain's transition out of the bloc beyond the previously earmarked December 2020.

The idea of the further extension of the transition period has also displeased many senior Conservatives and the supporters of a hard Brexit.

But when the prime minister was asked in the House of Commons earlier Wednesday whether her government's blueprint for an amicable divorce was dead, May replied: "The answer is no".

Barnier was reportedly told to offer Britain guarantees that it would not impose a customs border in the Irish Sea, the issue the aforementioned Democratic Unionist Party MPs in Northern Ireland were most concerned about.

However, the two sides have so far been unable to agree the terms of this so-called backstop. Barnier emphasised the "unanimity on the part of the EU" that there should be no closed border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

European Union leader's scathing put-down sums up Theresa May's Brexit talks