Theresa May demands European Union 'respects' United Kingdom in Brexit talks

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker at Leinster House earlier this year

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker at Leinster House earlier this year

Prime Minister Theresa May will make a statement at 1245 GMT inside Downing Street after European Union leaders rejected key parts of her Brexit deal proposals at an informal summit in Austria, a government official said.

May reportedly made a decision to read out an opinion piece she wrote for German newspaper Die Welt this week, in which she described the EU's Brexit proposals as unacceptable and not credible.

Tusk said Thursday that an European Union summit on October 18 and 19 would be the moment of truth, when an agreement on divorce terms and the outlines of future trade would be sealed, or would fail.

Jean-Claude Juncker, who heads the EU Commission, is one of the leaders whom May failed to impress.

May has been urging her European counterparts to accept her controversial Chequers plan, which has divided the Conservative party and the United Kingdom in general after it was thrashed out back in July.

"Unfortunately we can not at this stage exclude a no-deal - it depends on both sides of negotiations".

The extraordinary attack, at the close of the EU Salzburg summit, is likely aimed at Vote Leave leaders like former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and environment secretary Michael Gove, and possibly former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. These will be fundamentally unchanged but may be politically more palatable, notably on Northern Ireland. Tusk said a special Brexit summit could be held in mid-November if things progress as hoped - but only as a "punch line" if most of the deal had already been agreed. "But there is still a lot of work to do on the question of how future trade relations will look".

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French President Emmanuel Macron rammed home the message:"It was a good and courageous step by the prime minister", he said of her trade plan.

The prime minister was dealt a large setback on Thursday after she failed to attract European Union backing for her Brexit plan during an informal gathering of the bloc's leaders in Salzburg, Austria.

The French said May's proposals "are not acceptable as they stand, particularly in the economic realm" because they "don't respect the integrity of the single market".

"The Chequers plan can not be take it or leave it", Macron said.

The EU also insists on a "backstop" clause in any withdrawal treaty.

"On the economic partnership, there is no solution that will resolve the Northern Ireland border which is not based on the frictionless movement of goods", she said.

In separate Brexit news, The Independent says the Labour party would get a large boost in voters if it backed a second 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. But he also said he thought there would be a deal.

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