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Donald Tusk tells Theresa May her Chequers Brexit plan ‘will not work’

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Theresa May in
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  • European Council President Donald Tusk tells Theresa
    May that EU leaders are unanimous in opposing her Brexit
    plans.
  • The so-called Chequers plan would be unacceptable to EU
    leaders, Tusk tells reporters.
  • Tusk says the plans being pushed by May would undermine
    the EU Single Market.
  • Conservative MPs are threatening to vote down May’s
    proposals.

LONDON — Theresa May’s Brexit plan “will not work” the EU’s 27
leaders have told her in a major blow to her chances of securing
a deal on Britain’s future relationship with the EU.

European leaders met on Thursday in Salzburg to discuss the
progress of negotiations with the UK. Following their meeting,
European Council president Donald Tusk told reporters that the
leaders had unanimously agreed that May’s plans to stay in a
single market for goods, would not be acceptable.

“Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements
in the Chequers proposal, the suggested element for economic
cooperation will not work, not least because it risks undermining
the single market,” Tusk said.

In another blow to May’s hopes of winning over EU leaders, French
president Emmanuel Macron told reporters that Brexit was a
project which had been pursued by “liars.”

“Brexit is… pushed by those who predicted easy solutions,” he
said.

“Those people are liars. They left the next day so they didn’t
have to manage it.”

While some progress has been made in recent weeks on negotiations
about the terms of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, negotiations
over Britain’s future relationship with the EU remain stuck over
May’s plan to keep aligned with the EU market in goods, but not
in services.

EU leaders have described this as and attempt to cherry-pick the
single market, amid fears that it could trigger other member
countries to seek to renegotiate the terms of their own EU
membership.

The comments come as the prime minister struggles to secure the
support of her own MPs for her so-called Chequers proposals.

Hardline Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs are strongly opposed
to the proposals and have threatened to vote down any deal along
these lines.

The prime minister suffered a series of senior resignations from
her Cabinet over the summer on the issue.

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