European Union leaders keep up pressure on May to take Brexit deal

Video Matthias Schrader EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, arrives at the informal EU summit in Salzburg Aus

The Prime Minister had hoped to win the leaders of the EU27 over to her plans at a dinner in Salzburg on Wednesday evening, but it seems her pleas fell on deaf ears.

Mr Wilson also gave his backing to remarks made by former foreign secretary Boris Johnson earlier this week, who said the backstop deadlock is being used to force the United Kingdom into becoming a vassal state and the talks are on course to end in a "spectacular political vehicle crash" unless Mrs May ditches her plans for the Irish border.

"Limiting damage caused by Brexit is a shared interest, Unfortunately, a no-deal scenario is still quite possible", warned Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

"If the political will is there on the other side I am confident we will reach a deal which is in the EU's interests as well as the UK's", she said.

Tusk cast doubt on a special Brexit summit pencilled in for November, saying if sufficient progress towards a deal wasn't made in the next four weeks that meeting would not go ahead.

Carmakers are anxious that port and motorway holdups could slow the movement of components and finished models, crippling output and adding costs, if Britain fails to reach agreement with the European Union over its departure from the bloc on March 29.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told Reuters that the Irish border question remained fraught: "We have nothing on Ireland".

Tonight, I will ask for support for our efforts to intensify cooperation with North African countries and the idea of calling an EU-League of Arab States summit in Egypt in February next year.

European Union leaders met Thursday to prepare for the final stretch of Brexit negotiations, after public clashes with Britain over who should give ground but signs of a shift on both sides over the key issue of Ireland.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel added: "It is an agreement, so we both have to find a compromise".


The UK industry - already feeling the effects of a crackdown on diesel-powered cars in its largest European Union markets amid jittery demand - fears Brexit could result in lost access to vital European Union workers and massive costs from tariffs and additional red tape including supply chain disruption.

Her comments came hours after Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab threatened to undermine the Chequers proposal by admitting it was "not perfect".

The news comes after the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, told reporters in Brussels last night that the Brexit talks were on the "home straight".

"Similarly, UK buyers of a auto or van from the European Union would be faced with £1,500 and £1,700 increases if manufacturers and their dealer networks were unable to absorb these additional costs".

Should the prospect of a no deal Brexit be brought before Parliament, it is believed that MPs would vote such a scenario down by a huge margin of nearly 4 to 1.

Maintaining an open border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland has been one of the thorniest issues in the Brexit negotiations.

"The government will not accept a second referendum because there has been a vote of the people".

May has told lawmakers that they will vote either for a Chequers-based deal or to leave without an agreement.

"People will be very angry indeed if we had a second referendum and it's certainly not the government's policy", he said.

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