PM May says Britain will hold nerve in Brexit talks

23 September, 2018, 11:56 | Author: Wade Massey
  • The pound was down 1.44 per cent yesterday set for its biggest daily loss since June 2017. — Reuters pic

Simon Usherwood, politics professor at the University of Surrey, said the EU's previous strategy of giving May some breathing room at summits had "collapsed".

There are signs that the European Union recognises that the jibes could have gone too far, with European Union commission president Jean-Claude Juncker saying the two sides have to be "careful" about engaging with each other "like two loving hedgehogs".

An additional Brexit summit could be held in November, but only if a deal is within reach.

In a statement created to shore up her own political position as well as rebuking the EU, May accused the EU of offering the United Kingdom two "unacceptable" options. Brexit supporters say such fears are exaggerated and Britain would thrive in the long term.

The British Prime Minister tried to regain her footing by delivering a tough television address last Friday demanding that Britain be treated with respect. "Until we do, we can not make progress", she said.

A key promise of the Brexit referendum was that it would allow Britain the freedom to strike trade deals with other countries including Australia and the United States, which it can not do for as long as it remains in the EU.

He told BBC Newsnight: "I think that no deal is not an option". "Not with this PM, and not with this parliament". "We have to have a "Plan B" now - "Plan A" is out of the window".

"If the EU's view is that just by saying no to every proposal made by the United Kingdom, we will eventually capitulate and end up either with a Norway option or indeed staying in the European Union, if that is there view then they've profoundly misjudged he British people", Hunt told BBC radio.

He said May was "a very stoic, resilient character".

"We do not at all share the assessment of the British media of the Salzburg outcome and spirit", one European Union official said.

The PM also pointed to Northern Ireland as a sticking point in the current Brexit negotiations, saying the Government "will do everything in our power to prevent a return to a hard border".

"She's had her chance, we now need a People's Vote".

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"May humiliated", The Guardian newspaper said.

But domestically, even some critics of May's plan backed the prime minister in her stand-off against the EU.

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

He said the proposal, which would effectively see Northern Ireland remain in the single market requiring customs checks on goods moving to and from the British mainland, would effectively mean the break-up of the UK.

While acknowledging a "no-deal" scenario would be "bumpy" and "difficult" for the UK, Mr Hunt insisted there would be "disruption" on both sides of the Channel - suggesting up to a million jobs could be lost across the EU.

- FREE TRADE AGREEMENT There is growing pressure from Eurosceptic Conservatives, including Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, for Mrs May to switch tack and go for a simple Canada-style free trade agreement with the EU.

"We studied the Chequers proposals in all seriousness".

In Paris, Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau said that while France still believed a good Brexit deal was possible, it also must prepare for a "no deal" outcome.

She said: "The Prime Minister's statement was terrible".

However, Ms Mordaunt tweeted Friday: Speaking to constituents today, it is clear that EUs behaviour in recent days is increasing support for us leaving the EU.

Her divorce proposal envisions a UK-EU free trade area for goods through a common rulebook. The EU has proposed a "backstop" that would keep Northern Ireland within the single market, but Ms.


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