Tusk slams UK slurs on EU, urges ‘Canada plus plus plus’ Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk sharply criticised what he known as “emotional” and “insulting” statements in regards to the EU by British ministers and urged London on Thursday to simply accept a proposal of very shut post-Brexit ties.

Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk forward of a gathering to debate Brexit in Brussels, Belgium October four, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The European Union was providing Britain a “Canada plus plus plus” association, Tusk instructed reporters after assembly the Irish prime minister, explaining Britain may have not only a free commerce accord like that with Canada but additionally extraordinarily shut relations in safety, overseas coverage and different areas.

“The EU wants a relationship with the UK that is as close and special as possible,” Tusk mentioned. “From the very beginning, the EU offer has been not just a Canada deal, but a Canada plus plus plus deal. Much further-reaching on trade, on internal security and on foreign policy cooperation.”

Standing beside Irish premier Leo Varadkar and referring to arguments from British politicians rejecting EU proposals for retaining Northern Ireland inside EU financial guidelines, Tusk mentioned:

“Emotional arguments that stress the difficulty of dignity sound enticing however they don’t facilitate settlement. Every actor on this course of has their dignity and confrontation on this area is not going to result in something good.

“No one can anticipate that due to Brexit, the EU will surrender its basic values and key pursuits.”

Referring to sharp exchanges on each side after EU leaders met British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Salzburg two weeks in the past, he urged her to work to a closing accord by the subsequent summit in Brussels in two weeks.

Noting his personal expertise as a political occasion chief, the previous Polish prime minister mentioned that now May had concluded her Conservatives’ annual conference on Wednesday it was time to “get down to business”.

But as a Pole, he took time throughout his assertion to denounce feedback by Britain’s overseas minister Jeremy Hunt earlier within the week through which he likened the EU negotiating stance on Brexit to the Soviet Union’s refusal to let states secede.

“Comparing the European Union to the Soviet Union is as unwise as it is insulting,” Tusk mentioned. “As the president of the European Council and someone who spent half of my life in the Soviet bloc, I know what I’m talking about.”

“Unacceptable remarks that raise the temperature will achieve nothing except wasting more time. What needs to be done is maximum progress by the October European Council.”

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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