May hits back at EU over Brexit plan

Britain fumes at'insulting Tusk post about PM's Brexit plan

"A piece of cake, perhaps?" Tusk wrote alongside the picture.

"Clearly, the Prime Minister has not been listening - Chequers is a dead duck but if her tactic now is to try and double down on those proposals and then seek to blame the European Union for a no deal outcome, then she will do huge damage to all of those she is supposed to serve". The Conservative leader maintains that the deep criticisms of her plan are merely the EU's "negotiating tactics".

1 When is the Brexit deadline?

The Times report said a defiant May had raised the stakes with a no deal threat to the EU.

Simon Usherwood, politics professor at the University of Surrey, told AFP news agency May irked European Union leaders with an uncompromising article on Wednesday for German newspaper Die Welt, followed up by a similar summit dinner speech and an unproductive sideline meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

2 What is the transition period?

It is a grace period after March 29 next year, up to Dec 31, 2020, created to give businesses and people time to prepare for the start of the new post-Brexit rules agreed by Britain and the EU. If there is no divorce agreement, there will be no transition.

Theresa May said there were "two big issues" behind an "impasse" in the Brexit negotiations: the UK's economic relationship post-Brexit and the Irish border.

"The political games from both the European Union and our government need to end because no deal is not an option".

There are fears that frontier checks would disrupt trade.

She said this would "make a mockery" of the referendum.

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Leading Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg welcomed the PM's "strong and forthright" tone, but said it was time for her to ditch Chequers and go for a simple Canada-style free trade agreement with the EU. He said: "What Theresa May is saying is: don't mistake British politeness for weakness".

"We need serious engagement on resolving the two big problems in the negotiations".

Mr Tusk has since said he admires Mrs May, and a compromise is possible.

"The referendum was the largest democratic exercise this country has ever undergone", said May, who has repeatedly ruled out a second vote following the original 2016 referendum.

"The manner in which they sought to belittle and put down the prime minister yesterday pushes people like me. into a position where we say "the quicker we're out of this circus, the better".

Sturgeon said a no deal or "no detail" Brexit was not acceptable following the Prime Minister's update. Failing to do so could disrupt the lives of people and business on both sides, and undermine Northern Ireland's hard-won peace.

"There is still time to agree a deal on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU".

In London, the pro-Brexit Daily Telegraph reported that May faced the prospect of ministerial resignations next week if she failed to come up with an alternative to the "Chequers" Brexit plan that she presented in Austria.

Since the failed summit, the usually reserved May has used unusually blunt language to complain that European Union leaders are not taking her proposals seriously. She added that it was now the EU's turn to make a counter-proposal. "We've engaged and we want to hear more about what the real critique of it is and we've got no other credible alternatives on the table", Raab told the BBC. "Until we do, we can not make progress", May said. May can not cherry-pick parts of the single market.

"I am not dismissing anything", he said.

"We've already compromised hugely with the Chequers proposals".

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