Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

May takes defiant stance with European Union over Brexit

May takes defiant stance with European Union over Brexit

At a summit in Austria on Thursday, EU leaders said they would push for a Brexit deal next month but rejected May's "Chequers" plan, saying she need to give ground on trade and arrangements for the United Kingdom border with Ireland.

Calling out President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the prime minister said he had rejected proposals without offering a sufficient explanation or counterproposal.

Former Tory leader Ian Duncan Smith told the BBC's Today Programme that he believed the European Union had "behaved appallingly" and condemned the "rampant use of their language about a member of the European Union and a British PM". The teasing... and then the outright condemnation.

Also now backing another referendum is the British in Europe coalition of campaign groups, which recently adopted the formal position that only remaining in the European Union is now likely fully to protect all of the rights of Britons overseas in the EU. "It was pretty insulting for someone who doesn't even run a country".

"Humiliation for May" read the front-page of The Times, while the pro-EU Guardian led with a similar headline: "May humiliated as European leaders tell her: your Brexit plan won't work".

When asked who would benefit politically if Brexit supporters felt betrayed, Davis said: "Anybody who wants to play the populist card that the elites have let you down".

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

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By that time the leaders had already been through a scratchy four-hour debate on the migration crisis - a bigger concern than Brexit for many of them. There's still life left in this. It was described as "brutal and unnecessary".

"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.

In addition to Mr Tusk's cutting post, Mrs May faced dismissive remarks from other European Union leaders after the summit.

"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.

At a news conference at the conclusion of the summit, Mrs May struck a defiant tone, saying she had always expected negotiating "tactics" to be used during the course of the Brexit process.

At her own end-of-summit news conference, May doubled down on her Chequers plan for Brexit, saying it "remains the only serious and credible proposition on the table".

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