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European Council crushes Theresa May’s soft Brexit dream (Video)

UK Prime Minister Theresa May hoped that the European Council was ready to see things her way, in terms of proceeding with a soft Brexit, which was essentially no Brexit at all…at least not the hard Brexit that was voted on in a democratic referendum approximately two years ago.

Much to May’s surprise, European Council President Donald Tusk delivered a death blow verdict for May’s Brexit, noting that EU leaders are in full agreement that Chequers plan for Brexit “will not work” because “it risks undermining the single market.”

Without a miracle compromise springing up come during the October summit, the UK will drift into the March 29, 2019 deadline without a deal and out of the European Union…which was initially what was voted for way back in 2016, leaving everyone asking, what the hell was May doing wasting Britain’s time and resources for two years, so as to return back to the hard Brexit terms she was charged with carrying forward after the 2016 referendum?

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss what was a disastrous EU summit in Salzburg for UK PM Theresa May, in what looks to be the final nail in May’s tenure as UK Prime Minister, as a hard Brexit now seems all but certain.

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Via Zerohedge

Tusk was speaking at the end of an EU summit in Salzburg, where the leaders of the 27 remaining states in the bloc were discussing Brexit. He said that while there were “positive elements” in May’s Chequers plan, a deal that puts the single market at risk cannot be accepted.

“Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market,” Tusk said. He also said that he could not “exclude” the possibility that the UK could exit the EU in March with no deal.

May has been urging her European counterparts to accept her controversial Chequers plan which has split both the Conservative party and the broader UK population after it was thrashed out back in July. However, despite the painfully-slow negotiation process, which appears to have made little headway with just a few months left, the UK is set to leave the EU on March 29 2019 – with or without an exit deal.

The main sticking point that has emerged, and left May and the EU at loggerheads, has been how to avoid new checks on the Irish border. May has claimed that her proposals were the “only serious, credible” way to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland. She said during a press conference after the Salzburg meeting that she would not accept the EU’s “backstop” plan to avoid a Northern Ireland hard border. She said the UK would shortly be bringing forward its own proposals.

May also said that there was “a lot of hard work to be done,” adding that the UK was also preparing for the eventuality of having to leave the EU without a deal. Tusk, meanwhile, said that the upcoming October summit would be the “moment of truth” for reaching a deal, and that “if the conditions are there” another summit would be held in November to “formalize” it.

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Biswapriya Purkayastha
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What exactly is the problem with a hard border? Why should any country be barred from having a hard border, anyway?

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Jane Karlsson

It’s to do with the Good Friday Agreement, which ended the violence in Northern Ireland by integrating its economy with that of the Republic. Nobody in Ireland wants all that to start again, as it might well do.

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Bob Valdez

Sorry, May, but you are either all in, or all out. Do as your people demand, and stop f****ng about.

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

The problem is that voters were not informed about what Brexit meant. We were told the most outrageous lies about how wonderful things would be and how easy it was to get out. Since the referendum it has become apparent that getting out is almost unbelievably difficult, and membership of the EU has many advantages. I think everybody who has been following the story in detail would agree that the best possible deal with the EU is the one we have now, ie staying in. This is why the ‘Remoaners’ are so vilified: they are right.

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Jane Karlsson

“Much to May’s surprise, European Council President Donald Tusk delivered a death blow verdict for May’s Brexit” The real surprise is that May was surprised. She has been told over and over again that her plans do not work because they damage the single market. Obviously the EU cannot agree to that, and it has told her this many times, very patiently and politely, but she does not listen. She should have done her homework before the referendum, and she did not. She still has very little idea of what the single market is. Now finally their patience is wearing… Read more »

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The Referendum was basically stay in or leave, and Britons voted to leave. I don’t recall being asked whether the exit should be hard or soft. It was just an EXIT. You say that the UK has done nothing but complain and make trouble since it joined, and that’s because our heart was never in being part of the EU, and also because we have never felt part of “The Continent”. Britain AND Europe, not Britain as a part of Europe. British, not European. The club of 27 EU countries will be fine, and Britain will be fine with a… Read more »

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

Britain will be fine with a hard exit? I despair.

Don’t you remember what happened to Russia in the 1990s? It was looted, and the same thing is planned for the UK when it crashes out of the EU. There will be chaos, bankruptcies and fire sales of valuable assets. People like Bill Browder will make a lot of money.

Many of these ghastly people are Tory party donors.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/05/david-cameron-tories-summer-ball-dark-side-global-capitalism

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