United Kingdom envoy urges European Union to step back from the Brexit 'abyss'

Lester Mason
September 24, 2018

No major consensus on Brexit so far and rising voices calling for a second referendum in Britain - that is the hard reality, which mirrors a political chaos in the United Kingdom and can not be sidestepped by the ruling Conservative Party and opposition Labour Party when they meet at their separate annual conferences over the country's major political issues. "And so they need to engage with us now in seriousness". She said talks were at an "impasse" over future trade relations and a possible border between the Republic of Ireland, an EU-member, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. "That's the message we have tried to send for several months now to our British counterparts, who may have thought we were going to say "yes" to whatever deal they came up with".

"This is the moment to do what is right for Britain", the Sunday Express quoted May as saying. "The blame game against the European Union is therefore more than unfair".

The Daily Telegraph reported that ministers meant to use a Cabinet meeting tomorrow to call on Mrs May to develop a "Plan B" alternative to Chequers.

With a bloc of Tory Brexiteers also committed to opposing the plan, and a number of pro-EU MPs also highly critical, it is increasingly hard to see how she can muster the numbers to get it through Parliament, even it she can get an agreement with the EU.

On Saturday, German Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Roth said on Twitter that the 27 countries to remain in the European Union countries after Brexit met often and were striving to achieve "reasonable solutions", as all negotiations had shown.

It is the key question now facing the Prime Minister.

Mr Hunt made clear the Government's anger at the way Mrs May had been treated in Salzburg, with European Council President Donald Tusk posting a mocking tweet with a picture of him offering Mrs May a cake with the caption "Sorry, no cherries" - a reference to EU accusations of British "cherry picking" - while French President Emmanuel Macron called Brexit campaigners "liars".

"It is not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals", May said.

She also sought to reassure those living in Northern Ireland that her government would do everything to prevent a hard border with the Irish Republic.

Despite the differences, Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told RTE radio an Irish backstop was "doable" by an October summit. "We can't solve the problems that are arising on the island due to Brexit", he said, referring to Britain.

"Even in a situation where we aren't able to come to an agreement, we would be trading on World Trade Organisation terms". "We've had far bigger challenges in our history".

Around 41,000 British people were employed in Germany in December 2017 and that number is insignificant for the labour market overall, the magazine cited a government response to a request for information from the far-left Linke party as saying. The BoE declined to comment.

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