'It is not acceptable': May hits back after EU trashes Brexit plan

'It is not acceptable': May hits back after EU trashes Brexit plan

'It is not acceptable': May hits back after EU trashes Brexit plan

Theresa May is to issue an update on the ongoing Brexit negotiations in the wake of the rejection of her Chequers plans by European Union leaders in Salzburg.

Both Mr Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker used the conclusion of the Salzburg meeting to warn "the moment of truth for Brexit" will now come during the next gathering of EU leaders, at a formal summit in Brussels on 18 October.

This would keep Northern Ireland under EU economic oversight if London and Brussels can not agree a trade pact to keep UK-EU borders open after a transition period ends in 2020 - an idea that May and a small party in the province that props up her minority government oppose.

It's worth noting that the Brexit referendum - much like any important political issue - completely divided Great Britain.

"The trouble with the position the European Union took yesterday is it pushes people like me further into the camp of those who say "look, we told you so, there is no compromise or flexibility to be found on the European Union side".

We will set out our alternative that preserves the integrity of the United Kingdom, in line with the commitments we made in September - that no new regulatory barriers will be created between Northern Ireland and the UK.

"Neither side should demand the unacceptable of the other, we can not accept anything that threatens the integrity of our union as they can not accept anything that threatens the integrity of theirs". That is why, following months of intensive work and detailed discussions, we proposed a third option for our future economic relationship, based on the frictionless trade in goods.

She stated: "Of course it is concerning that we are still in a place where it is not clear to everybody what is going to happen and when and how it is going to happen".

"If the European Union think I will, they are making a fundamental mistake".

On the subject of a second referendum vote, she said she would "not break up my country or disrespect the referendum result".

French president Emmanuel Macron piled on May's proposals, warning: "We all agreed on this today, the proposals in their current state are not acceptable, especially on the economic side of it".

UK Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the bloc had "yanked up the handbrake" on the negotiations.

In response to May's statement, the Confederation of British Industry and other business bodies said they wanted to see constructive dialogue, not rhetoric.

May had hoped that Salzburg would strengthen her hand in the run up to her Conservative Party conference, the annual gathering of the party where prime ministers traditionally make a keynote speech on policy and the direction of the country. 'They left the day after so as not to have to deal with it.' He did not specify who he was referring to but Ukip leader Nigel Farage quit days after the Brexit referendum.

With a defiant tone, May concluded by saying: "We need serious engagement on resolving the two big problems in the negotiations and we stand ready". To deny its legitimacy or frustrate its result threatens public trust in our democracy.

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