Austria says European Union will find a way to ensure a Brexit deal

Austria says European Union will find a way to ensure a Brexit deal

Austria says European Union will find a way to ensure a Brexit deal

"The extension and two-tier backstop arrangement would only be offered if all other parts of the Withdrawal Agreement are reached", said one official told the "Financial Times".

May will update the other 27 European Union leaders before their dinner in Brussels on Wednesday, with the summit kicking off on Thursday, her Downing Street office confirmed.

European Union leaders acknowledged that the Brexit talks had hit a roadblock, although some insisted the problems could still be overcome.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will face EU leaders Wednesday in a critical summit, as European Council President Donald Tusk warned of an increased risk that Britain would crash out of the bloc without a deal.

"With several big issues still to resolve, including the Northern Ireland backstop, it was jointly agreed that face-to-face talks were necessary ahead of this week's October European Council", the statement read.

Cabinet members including Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the house, have privately said the United Kingdom should insist on a firm date for ending the backstop.

The Cabinet will meet on Tuesday morning to discuss the state of Brexit negotiations before May travels to Brussels on Wednesday evening.

He said: "Talk of a no-deal Brexit is very concerning but we have been hard at work on our own alternative scenario".

The prime minister told her cabinet a deal was within reach if the government "stand together and stand firm".

May's Brexit hardliner party members are also concerned about May's plans, claiming that her all-UK backstop plan needs to be clearly time limited.

Kurz, speaking through an interpreter, said he thinks the Irish border issue "is more a tactic than a situation in which you can't find a solution".

"At some point we'll need a pragmatic solution", the official said.


Former Brexit minister David Davis, who resigned his post in July, criticized the government for accepting "the EU's language on dealing with the Northern Ireland border" and said it was now up to senior ministers to use their influence.

While supporters of Brexit have so far dominated the debate within the Conservative Party, there were calls from members of its pro-EU wing to avoid a hard exit and retain numerous benefits membership of the bloc brings the UK.

"There is a need for some good compromise that should be made", he said.

"The PM said there will no doubt be challenging moments ahead, that is in the nature of negotiations".

"She said she is committed to ensuring a Brexit that delivers on the referendum results, safeguards jobs and security and which preserves our union".

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt told Sky News: "No-one is planning on resigning".

And while there may have been a sense in Brussels that Mrs May was moving towards them, after she talked of doing a deal in the "national interest" during last week, if anything the politics at home have got more fraught. "This is going to be a hard time, but the whole Cabinet is digging in to get the best deal for this country".

"The problem is at the British end", a diplomat said.

May is just days away from a crucial summit with European Union leaders in which both sides hope for a divorce deal.

But he also suggested the prime minister needed a fallback plan if her proposal for a temporary backstop was rejected once and for all at Wednesday's summit. "Only such proposals can determine if a breakthrough is possible". "The fact that we are preparing for a no-deal scenario must not, under any circumstances, lead us away from making every effort to reach the best agreement possible, for all sides".

"Take responsibility and be constructive", said Germany's Europe Minister Michael Roth when he arrived for talks with Barnier in Luxembourg.

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