By Platforma Obywatelska RP (Wizyta Premiera w Toruniu), via Wikimedia Commons
Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, has said that the latest Brexit plans of the United Kingdom are a “pure illusion.”
During a news conference that was held in Brussels on Saturday, Donald Tusk said that Britain was still attempting to “cherry pick” its future relationship with the European Union after Brexit.
Theresa May, the British Prime Minister is scheduled to give a major speech next Friday outlining the negotiating position of the UK government for the future relationship with the European Union.
It came after the Prime Minister and her ministers held crunch discussions late into the night last Thursday in an attempt to hammer out a final stance on customs arrangements and details for the transition period of the departure of Britain from the European Union.
Tusk said that he was glad that the UK government was making some progress on a detailed position. However, he said: “if media reports are correct, I am afraid that the UK position today is based on pure illusion.”
Tusk stated: “It looks like the cake philosophy is still alive.
“From the very start, it has been a key principle of the EU 27 that there can be no cherry-picking and no Single Market a la carte.”
He is scheduled to hold discussions with PM May on Thursday, before the long-awaited speech of the Prime Minister. He said that the European Union would continue to be “extremely realistic” in the negotiations.
British negotiators are anticipated to argue that the United Kingdom should take back the control over rules and regulations. However, they are expected to opt into alignment on certain areas including the standards of goods to protect trade.