Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

May Said to Warn Merkel, Macron Their Brexit Deal Is Almost Dead

May Said to Warn Merkel, Macron Their Brexit Deal Is Almost Dead

The European council president said: 'We have treated Prime Minister May with the greatest respect, all of us, and we really appreciate the efforts by the prime minister to ratify our common agreement.

May said: "My discussions with colleagues today have shown that further clarification and discussion, following the Council's conclusions is, in fact, possible".

Mr Hunt said: "The reason I think, in the end, the European Union will want to help us as far as they possibly can is because it is not in their interest to provoke a further political crisis in the UK".

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: "We don't want the United Kingdom to think there can be any form of renegotiation, that is crystal clear".

She said that without the promise of help she would put her Brexit deal to a vote in the Commons next week.

Facing the prospect that she will not have the support of enough of her own MPs and the DUP to pass the withdrawal agreement in its current form, Mrs May could appeal to MPs across the Commons for support.

She also held onto assurances from the EU's meeting of the 27 member states that it did not intend to rely on the controversial so-called Irish backstop, and if it had to do so it would only be for a very short period of time.

The majority of the cabinet now believe her deal to be "dead", it has been reported. But, speaking at a defiant press conference, she insisted she could get the refinements needed in time for a vote on her deal, which she has promised by January 21.

No-deal Brexit prep details coming on December 19th — EU's Juncker
Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar refused to countenance any changes. "Brexit now is more of a British issue". May was filmed speaking sternly to Juncker as leaders arrived at Friday morning's session of the summit.


He added: "I was not addressing her, and in the course of the morning after having checked what I said yesterday night, she was kissing me". If May can't find a plan that Parliament will accept, the United Kingdom will be on course to crash out of the bloc without a deal to cushion the blow, causing economic damage that British authorities predict could include a 25 percent fall in the value of the pound and a 30 percent crash in house prices.

If the backstop were triggered, Tusk said it "would apply temporarily unless and until it is superseded by a subsequent agreement that would ensure no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland".

But critics fear it could leave the United Kingdom trapped in a customs union against its will for years.

It is understood Mrs May asked for assurances on a future trade deal - which would negate the need for the backstop - to be added to the withdrawal agreement.

European leaders repeated their warnings that there can be no new legal guarantees for the United Kingdom on the way the backstop operates, dashing May's hopes for a compromise to save the Brexit deal.

European Union leaders were supposed to sign up to a series of summit conclusions declaring that the backstop "does not represent a desirable outcome for the EU".

After testy behind-the-scenes exchanges in Brussels, and a textual hardening overnight of a communique from the national leaders of the EU's 27 other member states, the embattled May continued to put a fearless face on the rejection in a brief press conference Friday.

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