Poland wants a breakthrough in Brexit talks: PM

Elias Hubbard
September 21, 2018

But without a final plan for the breakup, numerous one million Poles and other European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom, and many British nationals on mainland Europe, feel uncertain about the future, as do some EU companies working directly or indirectly with British-based firms. "Those people are liars".

However, at her own news conference, she appeared shaken by a barrage of questions about the EU's explicit rejection of the main pillars of her Chequers plan.

Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade.

Mrs May addressed EU27 leaders over wiener schnitzel with potatoes and Austrian wine, pitching her Chequers proposal before sit-down meetings begin on Thursday.

The rejection has triggered a crisis in Government, with some cabinet ministers considering forcing her to abandon Chequers in a matter of days, The Times reports.

Tusk said that key parts of the British proposals to leave would undermine the union of the 27 remaining members.

Tusk said of her so-called Chequers proposals that "the suggested framework for cooperation will not work, not least because it risks undermining the single market" of seamless movement of goods, services, capital and persons.

French President Emmanuel Macron, Irish leader Leo Vardakar, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also expressed serious concerns over May's plan.

"It has been clear for weeks that Theresa May's Chequers' proposals can not deliver the comprehensive plan we need to protect jobs, the economy and avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland", he said.

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.

May reportedly made a decision to read out an opinion piece she wrote for German newspaper Die Welt this week, in which she described the EU's Brexit proposals as unacceptable and not credible. In practice, to allow for parliamentary ratification, that means a deal must be struck in the next couple of months. "I still believe there is political will on both sides".

May said that leaving with no deal remains an option.

Some leaders expressed deep frustration.

The decision of the British people was "pushed by those who predicted easy solutions", the French president said.

"If Brexit tells us one thing.it shows us that those who say: one can do easily without Europe, that it will all go well, that it is easy and will bring lots of money - are liars", Macron said. "Therefore, every day that is left, we must use for talks".

Challenges to her Brexit plan and her leadership will take center stage at a raucous party conference in early October. "That's what the country wants and that's the solution to the logjam".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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