Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

European Union leaders prepare hardball Brexit summit choice for UK's May

European Union leaders prepare hardball Brexit summit choice for UK's May

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still believes it's possible to conclude a "good" agreement with Britain before its withdrawal from the European Union in March, but is stressing that Germany also is preparing for the risk of a no-deal departure. To pave the way for a deal, Fox is planning to scrap European food standards, Business Insider reported last month.

Another round of Brexit negotiation and there's deadlock. "Let me tell you categorically that these reports are untrue".

He began with a broad one, was the Chequers deal - her blueprint for post-Brexit trade - dead?

"That includes the possibility that Britain will leave the European Union without a deal".

He said his party would stop short of pulling the government down and triggering a general election, but added: "Under the fixed term parliament act there is a lot we cannot support in terms of the government's domestic, financial, welfare and other legislation which does not trigger Jeremy Corbyn getting into Number 10".

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.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will address 27 European Union national leaders at a summit with summit chair Donald Tusk warning of a "no deal" risk.

Instead, Barnier has told European Union 27 foreign ministers that more time is needed to find an agreement and resolution to the Irish border issue.

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The call from European Council president Donald Tusk came as Mrs May urged her Cabinet to "stand together and stand firm" on Brexit, after negotiations stalled in the run-up to a crucial summit.

The EU is considering allowing Britain to leave the EU over a longer period in return for agreeing to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.

But her own Eurosceptic Conservative MPs are demanding this "backstop" arrangement be time-limited, something the European Union will not accept.

"The Prime Minister said there would no doubt be challenging moments ahead, as that is in the nature of negotiations". The EU had gone as far as it could to address May's difficulties with her hardline pro-Brexit and Northern Irish allies, he said - now the summit must not let May think things were just carrying on as normal.

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

The prime minister failed to reassure MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party that there'd be no new regulatory checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom after Brexit, and received a kicking from numerous pro-EU MPs, including up to 10 MPs who urged May to back another referendum.

But she emerged from Tuesday's cabinet meeting looking relatively safe, at least for now, with the Cabinet backing her proposals in a two-and-a-half hour meeting - despite earlier threats to walk from a number of ministers.

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