European Union leaders 'back a final Brexit referendum' for UK

PA Wire  PA Images

Following a working lunch of the remaining 27 European Union states at the informal summit in Salzburg, Mr Tusk said that while there were "positive elements" in the Chequers plan, they could not accept any proposal which threatened the single market.

Speaking at an informal European Union summit in Salzburg, Austria, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the Today programme: "I think most of us would welcome a situation where there is the possibility of the British people putting things into perspective, seeing what has been negotiated, seeing the options and then deciding once and for all".

But with time running out for the United Kingdom to reach a deal, Ms Davidson said: "It is absolutely right that people have their say about what sort of Brexit they want, but we are right down to crunch time now, we're talking weeks not months".

"The Brexit teaches us something - and I completely respect British sovereignty when I say that - it showed that those who say that we can easily live without Europe, that everything is going to be alright, and that it's going to bring in a lot of money are liars", he said.

That would lead to Britain crashing out of the European Union on Brexit day, a development that in theory could see flights parked and trade between the two sides grind to a halt. "A minister has had the courage to tell the truth about the mess the government are in over Brexit and let the cat out of the bag", she said.

Labour MP Jo Swinson, from the People's Vote movement pushing for a second referendum on Brexit, said "Chequers is dead" and "whatever comes out of the negotiations now will inevitably be a very bad deal for Britain".

For now, however, with May still facing criticism of her "soft Brexit" approach at her Conservative Party conference in 10 days, there was little sign of either side giving way.

Sterling slid around more than half a cent against the dollar after the report to a low of $1.3098 before edging slightly higher to last trade at $1.313.

In a letter to opposition leaders at Westminster, Nicola Sturgeon yesterday called for the Brexit timetable to be extended in the event that no deal is reached, to "avoid an economic cliff edge".

EPL: Sarri names four Chelsea players blocking Hudson-Odoi from starting XI
Alvaro Morata and Pedro spurned chances to double Chelsea's lead as the Blues struggled to find the goals their dominance deserved.

Mrs May's 27 European counterparts will now consider the next stage of the Brexit process after she told them her Chequers plan was the only credible route to a deal.

"We need to compromise on both sides", Tusk noted.

"It must be clear that there are some issues where we are not ready to compromise".

"It was clear today that we need substantial progress by October and that we then aim to finalize everything in November", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Over dinner, she said the problem could be solved by securing the type of "frictionless trade" envisaged in her Chequers plan, and that Britain was still committed to agreeing a fall-back scheme with the EU.

"Unfortunately we can not at this stage exclude a no-deal - it depends on both sides of negotiations".

Speaking in Salzburg, Mrs May insisted that "delaying or extending these negotiations is not an option", no matter how much leaders disliked her plan.

But pro-Brexit firebrand Nigel Farage responded on Twitter saying: "EU bosses want us to have a second referendum, quelle surprise".

May held one-on-one talks on Thursday with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who had earlier told the BBC: "I don't think we're any closer to a withdrawal agreement than we were in March".

Related News:



Most liked

Tesla Model 3 gets five star rating in NHTSA crash tests
He took to Twitter to reveal the organization will soon be posting its safety stats which the CEO believes Model 3 could lead. That test simulated an intersection collision between a standing vehicle and a moving barrier at 38.5 miles per hour .

Israeli delegation in Moscow to share data on plane downing
The incident threatened to derail the close security ties between Russian Federation and Israel. It also said "new information" on the incident would "emerge soon", without elaborating.

Joaquin Phoenix in Full Joker Makeup
The makeup itself appears to be based off of a much more traditional clown style than we have previously seen for the Joker . Phoenix plays a failed stand-up comedian who goes insane and becomes a murdering psychopath.

Going off-road in the search for dark skies
ProPILOT enhances the driver's control by combining Nissan's Intelligent Cruise Control and Steering Assist technologies. Once there, astronomers can pop out the PlaneWave and observe the sky under the most ideal conditions.

NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank say online banking glitch 'resolved'
Millions across the United Kingdom and Ireland were said to be affected as the issued also affected Nat West and RBS customers. Combined, the three brands have about eight million online and mobile customers.

Canadian marijuana imports OK’d by US for California study
It will be used to examine its safety, tolerability and effectiveness for treatment of Essential Tremor (ET ) in adults. Getting the approval was a months-long process and required an OK from the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S.

United Kingdom and European Union 'at an impasse' in Brexit negotiations, says Theresa May
To deny its legitimacy, or frustrate its result, threatens public trust our democracy. May said: "No one wants a good deal more than me".

Microsoft unveils new HoloLens applications for businesses
Previously Chevron was required to fly in an inspector from Houston to a facility in Singapore once a month to inspect equipment. Before the release of its first apps, Microsoft relied on third-party developers to build their own applications and workflows.

Oil prices fall amid surprise growth in US crude stocks
Iran is the third-largest producer among the members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ( OPEC ). Washington's withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear deal was criticised across the world.

Scientists have discovered the strongest material in the universe
They believe that neutron stars' crust could provide most detailed information astronomers may ever know about these odd stars. This high density causes the material that makes up a neutron star, known as nuclear pasta , to have a unique structure .

Vietnamese President Quang Dies of Illness
More than 40 people were jailed this year and some 100 have been behind bars as of April 2018, according to Amnesty International. As president, he oversaw a crackdown on dissidents that rights groups have decried as a chokehold on free expression.

Taiwan Launches Manhunt For Fugitive 3D Guns Maker
The man behind an ongoing debate regarding the legality of 3D printed guns has been charged with sexual assault of a minor . Police say Wilson met her on the website "SugarDaddyMeet.com", after bragging to her about his newfound notoriety.

Several people slashed, including 3 infants, at NY daycare
One of the children was in serious condition, but none appeared to have sustained life-threatening injuries, authorities said. None of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening, despite one of them being seriously hurt.

Brexit talks are running out of time, top European Union official warns
She added: "There is still a lot of work to do", and a no-deal scenario can't be ruled out. But Macron countered, "The Chequers plan can not be take it or leave it".

Unai Emery demands improvement from Arsenal players
Unai Emery was disappointed his Arsenal side conceded late on in their 4-2 Europa League victory over Vorskla Poltava. Because the last minute at Newcastle, [and] today in the last 20 minutes [we conceded] two goals.