UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has insisted on sticking to her Brexit plan despite the fact that the EU strongly thinks it “will not work”.
Head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, spoke about this at the EU summit in Salzburg. The remaining 27 leaders of the EU member states discussed Brexit.
Mrs May has said that her plan is the “only serious credible” way for the UK and the EU to avoid a hard Northern Irish border.
At the end of the summit, Mr Tusk said that My’s plan had some “positive elements” however, openly showed his disagreement to her proposals on the future of trade between the UK and EU.
“The suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work,” said Tusk.
May’s Chequer’s plan proposed that a “common rulebook” should be agreed upon between both parties with regards to trading goods and to arrange a new customs agreement.
Tusk’s opinion on the matter is that May’s proposals on trade would undermine the single market set by the EU.
The conclusion of the summit was that May has four weeks to convince the EU to accept her plan or to create a new plan as an alternative.
Mr Tusk stated that he expects the October summit to show “maximum progress and results” and if that were to happen, the EU would arrange “an extraordinary summit in November to finalise and formalise the deal”.
After the summit, Mrs May held a press conference to announce that her strategy for Brexit will remain as the “only serious and credible proposition on the table” which will be able to avoid a hard border with Northern Ireland.
In addition to this, Mrs May also considered the potential occurrence of a no-deal scenario and stated:
“Let nobody be in any doubt: as I have always said, we are preparing for no deal.
So that if we get to the position where it’s not possible to reach a deal, then the British people can be confident that we will have done what is necessary to ensure we make a success of leaving the EU.”
The UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019 and there is still no solid agreement between both sides on some issues.