Theresa May faces Brexit crisis at European Union leaders reject her Chequers proposals

Marco Green
September 21, 2018

Muscat, who has been mooted as a potential successor to EU Council President Donald Tusk, was speaking following an EU summit in Salzburg and a few days after holding a private meeting with Theresa May at Downing Street.

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said Tuesday that the EU is ready to adapt its proposal on the Irish border in order to "de-dramatize" the issue.

Tariffs of 10 percent under World Trade Organization rules would add an average of 3,000 euros to the cost of British-built cars sold in the EU if fully passed on to buyers, and 1,700 euros to the cost of a European auto imported into Britain, the SMMT said. "And at various stages of these negotiations, tactics would be used as part of those negotiations".

In a press conference just minutes after Tusk publicly shot down her plan, a visibly angry May called on the European Union to put a counter-offer on the table that would keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland "frictionless".

President Macron also said Mrs May's proposals for a soft Brexit, with the United Kingdom tied all the bloc's rules on goods, was not good enough and implied it could harm the integrity of the bloc. We will leave on 29th March 2019 and there will be no second referendum.

He said Brexit "demonstrated that those who explain that one can get by easily without Europe - that it will all go well, that it is easy and brings in a lot of money - are liars".

As EU leaders lined up to demand more compromises from the UK, May tried to pile the pressure back on Brussels.

"Our White Paper remains the only serious and credible proposition on the table for achieving that objective".

An special emergency meeting in November has been pencilled in to try and finalise a deal. "To deny them a voice challenges the basic principle of informed consent", said Lord Kerr, a former top civil servant and former U.K. Ambassador to the European Union in the 1990s, who authored a report published on Wednesday.

But former Brexit secretary David Davis today dismissed suggestions that the European Union would compromise over May's Chequers plan. The French president had been infuriated by May's warning earlier in the day to the Irish taoiseach that she believed a solution on the issue could not be found by October, despite previous promises to the contrary. We are hiring extra staff and officials, bringing in IT systems. "This does make things more hard". But she showed no sign of backing down from the proposals hashed out with her Cabinet at her country retreat of Chequers in July - so controversial with her own party that they provoked the resignation of her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and Brexit secretary, David Davis. Parliament was very unlikely to support Chequers, it certainly will not allow more than Chequers.

"Others out there have been sceptical about the ERG, they don't want to be labelled swivel-eyed but we stood on a manifesto pledge to deliver Brexit, not remain half in half out". He later argued that the prime minister now needed to abandon her plan and instead pursue "a Canada plus free trade deal".

"Whatever she comes back with, I don't see how you will call it Chequers".

"They were projecting that Chequers wouldn't work for them but to do it in this way I thought was pretty disgusting actually. The quicker we can get out, the better".

"She is playing a game of Russian roulette with the country which is frankly an insult to the referendum result and all those people who voted, no matter how they voted".

She has flatly rejected a European Commission backstop proposal for Northern Ireland to remain within the EU customs area after Brexit, arguing this would draw a border down the Irish Sea.

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