Theresa May to EU leaders: Let’s get this Brexit deal done

Theresa May has urged European Union leaders to drop ‘unacceptable’ demands and respond to her ‘serious and workable plan’. The Prime Minister set out her blueprint over dinner with fellow leaders in Salzburg after being told by EU chiefs that significant elements of it would have to be reworked. 

She told them over dinner: ‘We never said Brexit would be easy,’ and urged them to focus on getting a deal the next two months without demands that could rip Britain apart.

Her 27 European counterparts will now consider the next stage of the Brexit process after she told them her priorities are maintaining economic ties and keeping promises to Northern Ireland.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has said May’s presentation last night was a delight. This comes as Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said he would like to see Britain hold a second referendum on membership of the EU.

Mr Babis revealed he, along with many other EU leaders, had been ‘shocked’ by the referendum result and said it had contributed to a ‘difficult time’ for Europe. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Mr Babis said: ‘We hope that finally we will reach a deal but basically I am very unhappy that the UK is leaving, so it would be better maybe to make another referendum and maybe the people in the meantime could change their view.

‘Europe has a lot of problems, we have problems with Mr Trump about tariffs, sanctions with Russia, Brexit, migration and so on. For Europe it’s quite a difficult time.

‘We were shocked when the referendum was announced that there was so much people practically unhappy, even the chief of commission didn’t understand.’ Mr Babis said a second referendum would ‘solve the problem quite quickly’, but also said on the question of no deal that there would ‘hopefully’ be a deal. A new summit is expected to be set up for November, as the deadline for the deal.

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