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Theresa May brings Brexit tour back to Brussels


BRUSSELS: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May heads again to satisfy EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday as she seeks a technique to avoid a no deal Brexit in 50 days time.

Expectations for the consult with have been already modest when, on Wednesday, EU kingpins Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker torched May's possibilities of profitable adjustments to the withdrawal agreement.

The president of the European Commission, Juncker, advised newshounds May already is aware of and accepts that the Union is not going to re-open talks on the deal.

And Tusk, who represents EU member governments as head of the European Council, prompted outrage across the Channel by way of damning pro-Brexit politicians for — in his view — recklessly failing to devise.

"I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely," Tusk stated.

Juncker, at a later news convention, did not use the similar language, but cheerfully laughed off Tusk's observation.

But he additionally repeated the similar warning that the withdrawal agreement, and the backstop clause designed to keep the Irish border open if no long run trade deal is agreed, might not be modified.

"She knows that the commission is not prepared to reopen the issue," Juncker stated, after talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who additionally insisted on the want for the backstop.

This it seems that united front did not daunt Number 10, who insisted that the British parliament's rejection of the deal supposed that May must search material adjustments to the accord or see it fail.

According to talking issues provided by way of Downing Street forward of the consult with, May will admit that: "Securing such changes will not be easy."

But she will upload: "Last week, Parliament made transparent that for the primary time it would improve the withdrawal agreement, subject to adjustments to the backstop.

"The Government now needs urgently to work with the EU to safe such adjustments. The EU shares the UK's commitment to leave with a deal. We must display decision and do what it takes to now get the deal over the road."

The deadlock in Brussels has ended in heightened fears Britain may just crash out of the EU and not using a deal on March 29, disrupting trade and supplies to production.

Tusk and Juncker stated they look ahead to website hosting May on Thursday, and Varadkar could have dinner along with her in Dublin on Friday.

Offering warm improve for his Irish guest, Tusk stated the European Union "is not going to gamble with peace" on the Irish border by way of putting off the backstop from the deal.

"I'm hoping that the following day we will hear from Prime Minister May a practical recommendation on methods to finish the deadlock," he stated.

But he added: "A sense of accountability additionally tells us to arrange for a possible fiasco."

Varadkar, whose govt has stressed the importance of maintaining an open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit, thanked Tusk.

"While we think the backstop won't ever be used, we agreed once more these days it is wanted as a felony ensure to ensure there's no return to a hard border," he stated.

On Wednesday, May discussed the issue with Northern Irish leaders within the British province.


Last month, the House of Commons overwhelmingly rejected the Brexit deal that May had negotiated with the EU after 18 months of painstaking diplomacy.


May is now having a look into adjustments to fulfill her MPs, who concern the backstop would keep Britain indefinitely tied to EU laws with even nearer alignment for Northern Ireland.


May's spokesman stressed that she wasn't coming to Brussels to invite for extra time and remained decided to ship a Brexit deal earlier than the March 29 cut-off date.




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