European Union calls for new proposals from Theresa May to break Brexit deadlock

17 Octobre, 2018, 15:39 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

But today's talks will be a moment of truth for the negotiations, which have for a while been hung up on the issue of the Irish border. Neither side has set out new proposals ahead of the summit on how to maintain the status quo along the Irish land border without introducing new checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea.

Many suspect that will not be enough time, which has led the European Union to demand a "backstop" to ensure there are no customs posts or other controls along the border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

The summit follows a lack of breakthrough over the weekend between Brexit minister Dominic Raab and European Union chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.

Ministerial sources told Sky News "the most we can hope for is that they don't rule a November summit out".

The reports come as Theresa May heads to Brussels to address European Union leaders as she battles to keep her faltering hopes of securing a Brexit deal alive.

She received a chilly reception on Monday from many of her MPs as she updated them on the latest impasse in the talks and she will attempt to keep senior ministers on board at their weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Former prime minister Sir John Major weighed into the mounting fears over a no-deal Brexit last night in his gravest declaration yet over the impact of European Union withdrawal.

Anyone hoping she was about to jet off to Brussels with the solutions that would break the Brexit deadlock will have been left fretting after this showing: the prime minister is floundering.

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"Given the prime minister did not once mention Chequers either in her conference speech or in her statement to parliament on Monday, does this mean the Chequers plan is now dead?"

Mrs May won strong support from Cabinet colleagues as she set out two key "sticking points" preventing the conclusion of a withdrawal agreement.

"I'm convinced that if we as a government stand together and stand firm, we can achieve this", she said, according to her spokesman.

That would give time to fully flesh out this temporary customs arrangement.

Corbyn, on the other hand, aimed six well-placed blows at the prime minister. Opponents of Brexit argue a USA trade deal means opening up Britain's markets to the likes of chlorine-treated chicken and genetically modified crops.

"Several issues remain open, including the Irish one so, what I understand is that we need more time to reach this general agreement and make the decisive progress we need to finalise these negotiations on the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom".

"We will take this time, calmly and seriously, to find this global agreement in the next weeks", he said.

Mr Roth made clear that Germany is alive to the problems Mrs May could face in getting any deal through Parliament, telling reporters: "I have the impression that it is hard to secure the appropriate parliamentary majority in Great Britain". Belgium's foreign minister Didier Reynders put the chance of a no-deal Brexit at "50/50".

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