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Friday, 21 September 2018 14:00

Brexit won't be delayed despite lack of a deal, Theresa May

Brexit won't be delayed despite lack of a deal, Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has tried to threaten EU leaders over dinner at a special summit in Salzburg by telling them the UK would not seek to delay Brexit, prompting European leaders to warn that the two sides remained far apart on trade and the Irish border despite months of negotiations, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to The Guardian.

The prime minister told her counterparts “that the UK will leave on 29 March next year” and as a result “the onus is now on all of us to get this deal done” by the end of an emergency summit that the EU confirmed would happen in mid-November. “We all recognise that time is short but extending or delaying these negotiations is not an option,” she said.

But as the summit started Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission, said that a deal remained “far away” while Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, warned that the UK’s proposals for the Irish border and future trade relations with the EU needed to be “reworked and further negotiated”. Tusk added that “various scenarios are still possible” – a clear hint that no deal was still a possibility.

Despite the EU leaders’ statements, No 10 is hoping that May’s pitch to EU leaders will eventually prompt some greater flexibility on the part of Brussels in the critical period for the Brexit negotiations between a scheduled European council meeting in October and the decisive summit in November.

More details: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/sep/19/theresa-may-tells-eu27-she-wont-delay-brexit-despite-lack-of-a-deal

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