European Union rebuffs May, says no-plan Brexiteers deserve 'place in hell'

European Union rebuffs May, says no-plan Brexiteers deserve 'place in hell'

European Union rebuffs May, says no-plan Brexiteers deserve 'place in hell'

European Council President Donald Tusk did not mince words on Wednesday with regards to Brexit.

Donald Tusk said that the other 27 European Union members had decided in December that the withdrawal agreement was "not open for renegotiation" - a message echoed by Mr Juncker.

As a result, with just 50 days to go until Britain is due to leave, the priority was to try to salvage a deal with May to ensure an orderly withdrawal and to avoid disrupting the peace in Northern Ireland - while also stepping up preparations for Britain crashing out into limbo.

At the end of their press conference, Mr Varadkar was picked up by the microphones telling Mr Tusk: "They'll give you bad trouble in the British press for that".

Tusk originally made the remarks during a joint press conference with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Brussels on Wednesday morning, and has since doubled down on the claim by tweeting it.

John Allan, president of the CBI, said: "If the United Kingdom leaves the EU (European Union) without a deal, we could cease overnight to enjoy the benefits of tariff-free trade with, and preferential access to, markets of fundamental importance for British products and services, from Japan to Turkey".

"Clearly the pressure is beginning to mount in Brussels, we've seen that today from some of the response particularly from the President Donald Tusk", she said.

And DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson tweeted: "This devilish euro maniac is doing his best to keep the United Kingdom bound by the chains of European Union bureaucracy and control".

"We have a government treading water in the Niagara River while the current is taking us over the falls", she told lawmakers in the House of Commons.

In another stark indication of the stakes for Britain of a disorderly Brexit, Irish nationalists warned May that if she allowed a no-deal Brexit then there would have to be a referendum on Irish unity. The EU itself is first and foremost a peace project.

The Brexit chief for Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, Sammy Wilson, branded Tusk a "devilish, trident wielding, euro maniac".

However, Mr Tusk is unfazed and laughs: "I know".

But Sinn Fein's president Mary Lou McDonald said the backstop remained the "bottom line" and accused Mrs May of coming to Belfast with "no plan, no credibility and no honour".

Tusk said he hopes she will bring to Brussels "a realistic suggestion on how to end the impasse". "It's a European issue and that's why we cannot accept the idea that the withdrawal agreement could be reopened", Juncker said, adding that the backstop was part of the November agreement.

Critics of the backstop argue its lack of any agreed time-limit is unacceptable as it could see the United Kingdom locked into a customs union deal with the EU indefinitely and Northern Ireland kept under EU single market rules.

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