Premier says that the dialogue with Brussels is going through an “impasse”; European Council maintains positions on Irish border and trade.
The British prime minister, Theresa May, yesterday asked “respect” towards United Kingdom to the leaders of the European Union (EU) and urged them to present new proposals that unleash the negotiations on the Brexit.
After the 27 remaining community partners rejected in Salzburg, Austria, the plan presented by the British government, May said in a televised speech from Downing Street, his official residence in London, that the dialogue with Brussels is going through an “impasse”.
“I have treated the European Union with all due respect and the United Kingdom expects the same. The good relationship at the end of this process depends on it, “said the premier, taking stock of the tense informal summit of community leaders.
“In this advanced stage of the negotiations it is not acceptable to simply reject the proposals of the other side without giving a detailed explanation or presenting oppositions,” he lamented. He insisted that he prefers to leave the EU without an agreement on March 29 to do so with a “bad agreement” for his country, and stressed that his main red line is to maintain the integrity of the United Kingdom. He said he will not accept any proposal to establish “any form of customs controls” between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
The EU has put on the table an emergency mechanism that would leave the British region within the Community Customs Union, even though England, Scotland and Wales would be outside, to ensure that a hard border between Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland is not lifted. the Republic of Ireland, what May rejects.
“It’s something I’ll never approve and I think no [British] prime minister would ever accept. If the European Union thinks I will, they are making a fundamental mistake, “he said. In addition to the Northern Irish problem, May admitted that London and Brussels are still in “very separate” positions regarding the basis for their future commercial relationship after Brexit.
The prime minister believes that the first option proposed by Brussels, that the United Kingdom remains in the single market, would be a “mockery” to the referendum.
The second option offered by Brussels is to sign a “basic” free trade agreement, which in its eyes does not solve the customs problem in Ireland. The United Kingdom, on the other hand, proposes to create a free trade zone for goods between both sides of the English Channel, an option that the EU rejects considering that it breaks the unity of the four communitarian freedoms of circulation of goods, capitals, services and people.
The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, considered that the British proposals were studied with seriousness, but that the positions of the block on the Irish border and the future economic relations will not change.
“Theresa May has addressed the entire negotiation in a chaotic and confusing way,” said the mayor of London, Labor leader Sadiq Khan. Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said May’s negotiating strategy “has been a disaster,” while Liberal Democrat Tom Brake said the summit was “humiliating” for May. The British press considered the result of the summit an insult and came to describe the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and Tusk as “dirty rats” and “half-haired gangsters”.