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

United Kingdom and European Union 'at an impasse' in Brexit negotiations, says Theresa May


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

"Believe me, as somebody who has been so close to these negotiations I have lived and breathed numerous issues involved", said Davis, adding: "As Germans know as well as anybody, the four freedoms of the single market are sacrosanct and indivisible".

Britain is due to leave the bloc in March next year, with or without a deal.

"May humiliated", The Guardian newspaper said.

It's worth noting that the Brexit referendum - much like any important political issue - completely divided Great Britain.

Davis' speech came as European Union leaders gathered for a working lunch in Salzburg to discuss the UK's latest plea for a rethink of their negotiating stance.

Despite all the heated British rhetoric, the EU's position is not new.

May, who commands a majority in parliament only with the support of a small pro-Brexit Northern Irish party, said she could not agree to any deal which treated Northern Ireland differently to the rest of the United Kingdom.

She appeared live in the State Dining Hall at her official residence after returning from an ambush at a supposedly "informal" meeting in Austria.

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But Macron countered, "The Chequers plan can not be take it or leave it".

'As I have already said, that is unacceptable. Brussels is familiar with the theatre of diplomacy, where being seen to hold out to the bitter end can help sell the unpopular back home and some diplomats believe a deal could take until Christmas.

"How can (May) have been so badly advised? It stinks of incompetence, the whole thing, when the moment of reality is only four weeks away". Failing to do so could disrupt the lives of people and business on both sides, and undermine Northern Ireland's hard-won peace.

Britain and the European Union have agreed on the need for a legally binding backstop to guarantee there is no return to customs posts and other border checks.

The EU insists that there can be no hard border between the British province and the Irish Republic, with Northern Ireland remaining in the bloc's customs union or effectively establishing a border in the Irish Sea if no alternative deal is reached.

May's former Brexit minister David Davis has said up to 40 lawmakers from the Conservative Party will vote against her Brexit plans.

Tusk said yesterday unless May came forward with new proposals in October then there could be no final deal signed in November. "In the meantime, we must and will continue the work of preparing ourselves for no deal". The BBC said: "Embarrassing rebuff for PM in Salzburg". Elements in her own party who want a "hard" Brexit (leaving completely the single market of the European Union, contrary to May's Chequers plan, ) will possibly be emboldened by the results of the Salzburg summit.

Pro-EU politicians don't like the Chequers plan either, saying it will cut the U.K.'s vast services sector out of the single market.

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