May challenges EU as Brexit talks hit ‘deadlock’, sterling tumbles

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May mentioned on Friday that Brexit talks with the European Union had hit an deadlock, defiantly difficult the bloc to come up with its personal plans a day after EU leaders savaged her proposals.

At a summit in Austria on Thursday, EU leaders rejected May’s “Chequers” plan, saying she wanted to present floor on commerce and customs preparations for the UK border with Ireland.

The British media mentioned the response had left her proposals in tatters, and May angrily struck again in a televised tackle from her Downing Street workplace, saying neither aspect ought to anticipate the unattainable from the opposite.

“Throughout this process, I have treated the EU with nothing but respect,” May mentioned. “The UK expects the same. A good relationship at the end of this process depends on it.”

Sterling prolonged its losses as May spoke, falling to as little as $1.3053, and was down round 1.5 % on the day, placing it heading in the right direction for its greatest one-day drop this 12 months, over rising fears Britain might depart the EU with none deal.

May has mentioned the Chequers proposals for commerce with the EU, which might resolve arguments over the border of Northern Ireland with the Irish Republic, had been the one approach ahead. EU leaders in Salzburg repeated their view that the plans would undermine their cherished single market.

After the summit, EU leaders mentioned they’d push for an settlement subsequent month, however each side have warned they’re planning for a no-deal situation.

“It’s not acceptable to simply reject the other side’s proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals,” May mentioned. “So we now need to hear from the EU what the real issues are, what their alternative is, so that we can discuss them. Until we do, we cannot make progress.”

May, who instructions a majority in parliament solely with the assist of a small pro-Brexit Northern Irish get together, mentioned she couldn’t conform to any deal which handled Northern Ireland in another way to the remainder of the United Kingdom.

Arlene Foster, the top of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party which helps May’s government, welcomed May’s robust stance in opposition to “disrespectful, intrasigent and disgraceful” behaviour by the EU.

She mentioned her get together would veto any try and introduce a brand new regulatory barrier between the area and the remainder of the United Kingdom.

The EU insists that there could be no exhausting border between the British province and the Irish Republic, with Northern Ireland remaining within the bloc’s customs union or successfully establishing a border within the Irish Sea if no different deal is reached.


“I will not overturn the result of the referendum nor will I break up my country,” she mentioned. “We need serious engagement on resolving the two main problems in the negotiations and we stand ready.”

However, she mentioned it doesn’t matter what occurred, the rights of three million EU residents dwelling within the United Kingdom can be protected.

Earlier, her Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned some EU leaders had proven unstatesmanlike behaviour in Salzburg.

“We’ve already compromised hugely with the Chequers proposals,” Raab advised BBC TV. “What we’re not going to do is be salami sliced throughout this negotiation in a typical style that the EU engages in without movement on the other side.”

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May makes a press release on Brexit negotiations with the European Union at Number 10 Downing Street, London September 21, 2018 . Jack Taylor/Pool by way of Reuters

For the British media, the message from Salzburg had been clear. “Your Brexit’s broken,” the Daily Mirror newspaper mentioned.

Newspapers led their entrance pages with a Reuters image exhibiting May, wearing a purple jacket, standing apparently aloof and alone from a mass of suited male EU leaders.

May faces a combat with offended Conservative lawmakers at her get together’s annual conference from Sept. 30.

Many have voiced opposition to her plans, which they mentioned would bind Britain into a lot EU regulation in return free of charge commerce, and a few would favor a no-deal “hard Brexit” in March, regardless of warnings that might ravage the British financial system.

“Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating strategy has been a disaster,” opposition Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn mentioned. “The Tories have spent more time arguing among themselves than negotiating with the EU.”

“The political games from both the EU and our government need to end because no deal is not an option.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon known as May’s assertion “dreadful” and warned that May’s get together would pay a excessive political value if there was “no deal”.

In response to May’s assertion, the Confederation of British Industry and different business our bodies mentioned they wished to see constructive dialogue, not rhetoric.

Last week, London Mayor Sadiq Khan added his voice to these together with union and business leaders who mentioned there needs to be a second Brexit referendum. Scotland’s high court docket dominated on Friday that the European Court of Justice ought to think about whether or not Britain might unilaterally change its thoughts on Brexit.

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“The referendum was the largest democratic exercise this country has ever undergone,” mentioned May, who has repeatedly dominated out a second vote following the unique 2016 referendum. “To deny its legitimacy or frustrate its result threatens public trust in our democracy.”

Additional reporting by Alastair MacDonald, Costas Pitas, William Schomberg, James Davey and Alistair Smout; writing by Michael Holden; Editing by David Stamp, Richard Balmforth

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