Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

European Union shelves plans for Brexit divorce deal summit citing lack of progress

European Union shelves plans for Brexit divorce deal summit citing lack of progress

The party's Europe spokesman added: "Rather than attempting to fudge her way through the negotiations, the PM should be using these meetings to constructively engage with our European Union neighbours and to bring forward serious plans".

The St Austell and Newquay MP said: "The tourism and hospitality sector is very concerned that they will be able to continue to access the seasonal workforce they need once we leave the EU".

Previously, both sides had agreed that Britain crashing out of the Union on March 29 next year with neither a divorce agreement nor a road-map to future ties would be an economic and diplomatic disaster. A deal must be sealed soon so parliaments have time to give their verdict on it.

"There's no need to dramatize matters".

He said he had no difficulty in telling them what had happened, but that he is "particularly concerned" about looking back at the Troubles.

European Union leaders warned Wednesday there must be more progress in Brexit negotiations, despite hearing a personal plea by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said she was open to a longer transition phase to unblock the talks.

The secret Brussels discussion on a possible extension was revealed by European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani, after he joined the pre-dinner session between May and the EU 27 leaders.

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Talks on finalising the UK's withdrawal agreement and a political declaration on future trade relations with the EU have been blocked by failure to agree on a backstop to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic in the event that an agreement on future EU-UK relations can not be struck.

A tense meeting of Theresa May's Cabinet spent two and a half hours discussing the stalled Brexit negotiations ahead of her trip to Brussels.

Both sides agree there must be no hard border, but each has rejected the other side's solution.

While the two sides claim to be intensifying preparations.

The Irish border issue has been the main sticking point in negotiations, proposed solutions include keeping Northern Ireland in the bloc's customs union and single market for goods, or having a customs arrangement for the entire United Kingdom with the EU to avoid that possibility.

Mrs May, who had been called upon to table new proposals on the Irish Border backstop, was thought to have been "developing her thinking".

May says this would destroy the constitutional integrity of Britain, by putting a customs border between Northern Ireland and the British mainland.

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But the meeting that had been painted as a make-or-break moment for a Brexit deal ended with a whimper. But after urgent talks on the Irish border on Monday ended without producing the hoped-for breakthrough, the gathering looked more like a therapeutic bonding session than an occasion to celebrate.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier sought to calm the mood, saying the only remedy was to use the remaining period between now and Christmas.

But persuading the bloc is only part of the British leader's problem.

May faced a fresh row on Wednesday night when her Brexit department published a letter suggesting a Parliamentary motion on the final deal would not be "amendable", leaving MPs with a choice of either the PM's deal or no deal at all.

It must also be approved by Britain's Parliament, where May lacks an overall majority.

Tajani said he raised with May the possibility the post-Brexit transition period, during which Britain would retain European Union rules and avoid border problems with Ireland, could be extended by a year to 2021 - something European Union negotiators proposed to soften a demand for special rules for Northern Ireland.

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