Thursday, 7 December 2017

EU hands Prime Minister Theresa May 72-hour Brexit deadline

The EU has declared there is still "no white smoke" over a Brexit deal and handed Theresa May a 72-hour deadline to make an acceptable offer.
The Prime Minister has been given until midnight on Sunday to put forward a solution to the Irish border deadlock and other initial divorce issues.

If this is not met, Brexit negotiations will not move on to trade talks before the end of the year.

"So far no white smoke," European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters in Brussels on Thursday.

"We stand ready to receive Prime Minister May at any moment in time when they are ready."

The DUP torpedoed Mrs May's efforts to reach an agreement during her trip to Brussels on Monday, with Arlene Foster pulling her party's support over concerns at the wording of a draft text she feared would agree regulatory alignment between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit.

Mrs May spoke with both the DUP leader and the Republic of Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Wednesday in her attempt to salvage a deal with the EU.

Her efforts appeared to be further complicated on Thursday when Foreign Secretary and Vote Leave figurehead Boris Johnson warned any Brexit deal must respect promises made during the EU referendum campaign.

"It is very, very important that whatever happens now, whatever we agree, has got to be consistent with taking back control of our laws, of our borders and our cash," he said.

Without an agreement from EU leaders at next week's European Council summit, Brexit negotiations will not move on to trade talks before the New Year.

SKY     News.

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