Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

EU pushes October Brexit agreement, threatens no deal Europe 03:59

EU pushes October Brexit agreement, threatens no deal Europe 03:59

Tusk, meanwhile, said that the upcoming October summit would be the "moment of truth" for reaching a deal, and that "if the conditions are there" another summit would be held in November to "formalize" it.

European leaders were equally blunt, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying the EU27 were agreed that, "in the matter of the single market, there can be no compromises".

"It's not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals", May said.

Few diplomats expected any breakthrough from the Salzburg summit as the European Union has repeatedly made clear that May must rework the Chequers proposals.

Mrs May said: "Let nobody be in any doubt: as I have always said, we are preparing for no deal, so that if we get to the position where it's not possible to reach a deal then the British people can be confident that we will have done what is necessary to ensure we make a success of leaving the European Union, regardless of the terms on which we do so".

French President Emmanuel Macron emphasised the importance of protecting the single market in the Brexit negotiations.

Tory activists were already intensely sceptical about the Chequers agreement, which they fear will bind Britain too closely to European Union rules and regulations, and risk fuelling a betrayal narrative among Leave voters.

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.

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Rather than coming out of Salzburg more divided, as Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary suggested was happening, "Europe collectively has come stronger, and even tougher today than a day or so ago", Rahman said.

Now that's expected to last until the end of 2020 but if there is no deal to avoid the hard border in Ireland and no political declaration outlining future relations then there will be no so-called transition period. "In October, we expect maximum progress and results in the Brexit talks".

However, May signalled that Britain may be willing to compromise on another sticking point in the talks, on a fall-back plan to avoid frontier checks until it can be resolved through a wider trade deal.

Jean-Claude Juncker, who heads the EU Commission, is one of the leaders whom May failed to impress. "So don't worry. Be happy, don't worry".

May promised to bring forward new proposals that would ensure trade could move freely across the Irish border, but would not require different customs regimes in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, a key red line for the British Prime Minister. Pro-Brexit Conservatives, including former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, hate the Chequers plan, saying it would keep Britain tethered to the bloc, unable to strike new trade deals around the world. "She needs to urgently drop her reckless red lines and put forward a credible plan for Brexit".

Mr Grayling told the BBC that despite the outcome of the Salzburg summit, he is still confident that an agreement can be reached but warned Britain is preparing hard for a no-deal situation. "The final deal is likely to look an very bad lot like membership", Davis claimed.

"Brexit is a choice made by the British people and a choice that was pushed by certain people who predicted easy solutions", Macron said, referring to the Britain's June 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.

If May fell, selection of a new party leader would delay already tight Brexit negotiations.

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