Today, Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, said that the Brexit talks are at an impasse. Her remarks were expressed in a speech where she called for “respect” after the snub of Brussels to her Chequers plan yesterday.
Talking from Downing Street, the PM May delivered a short speech in which she doubled down on her Brexit strategy even after Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, dismissed it yesterday in Salzburg.
She stated: “Yesterday Donald Tusk said our proposals would undermine the single market. He didn’t explain how in any detail or make any counter-proposal. So we are at an impasse.”
May demanded that Tusk should provide reasons for rejecting the Chequers plan. She added that the alternative of the European Union, which proposed a membership on the European Economic Area in exchange for abiding by its laws, would “make a mockery of the referendum.”
She added that the proposals of the EU to keep Ireland inside the Customs Union effectively in order to avoid a hard border as the UK withdraws from the EU were “unacceptable.” She said that they would break up the country.
She continued: “Anything which fails to respect the referendum or which effectively divides our country in two would be a bad deal, and I have always said no deal is better than a bad deal.”
Instead, the Prime Minister argued that her Chequers plan, which promotes “frictionless trade in goods,” is the best option. Her arguments come despite it coming under fire from major Brexiteers including David Davis, the former Brexit secretary.
Yesterday, her plan was slammed by leaders of the EU in Salzburg. Tusk simply said that “it will not work.”
Theresa May said that the UK would continue its preparations for a no deal scenario. She admitted that the talks between the UK and the EU are at an impasse.
May also promised to guarantee the rights of the 3 million EU citizens who are residents of the UK in the event of no deal Brexit. She also told Northern Ireland that she would fight to prevent a hard border.
She urged the EU to treat the negotiations respectfully after Tusk posted a mocking joke about May on his Instagram account yesterday.
She stated: “Throughout this process, I have treated the EU with nothing but respect.”
May added: “The UK expects the same. A good relationship at the end of this process depends on it.”