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PM May returns empty-handed ... Juncker tells UK to come forward with solutions, not a Xmas wish list.

EU leaders reject May's idea to salvage her Brexit deal

EU leaders delivered a devastating knock-back to Theresa May after she appealed to them to hold "nothing in reserve" and work with her to salvage her Brexit deal by putting a 12-month limit on the unpopular Irish backstop.

The embattled prime minister had pinned her hopes on a last-ditch effort to persuade the European Union to work with her in devising a legal guarantee, known as a "joint interpretative instrument", that she believes could get her Brexit deal through parliament.

The idea of the EU having the target of terminating the Northern Ireland backstop no more than a year after it was put in force had been supported by Germany's Angela Merkel and Austria's Sebastian Kurz.

But it was opposed by France, Sweden, Spain and Belgium, who voiced doubts that the prime minister would be able to sell the technical concession to hostile MPs in Westminster.

Following an address by May before a dinner, and subsequent discussions among the 27 member states, the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said there was no form of deal that could get through parliament, and that it was not up to the EU to satisfy the demands of rebellious MPs.

Both the UK and the EU will push forward with no-deal contingency preparations.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Dec 14th, 2018 at 12:13:51 AM EST
What the fuck is wrong with May?  She did too much acid back in the hippie days?  The EU told her weeks ago what she got was what she was going to get and still the idiot comes wandering back, bleating for someone to save her sorry ass.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Dec 14th, 2018 at 01:37:15 AM EST
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Now she can say, again, that there is no option other than her plan, no deal, or no Brexit. Maybe it moves a dozen votes or something. This can continue for another couple of months.
by asdf on Fri Dec 14th, 2018 at 02:51:06 AM EST
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Her plan is dead.

the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, suggested it was difficult to imagine any deal getting through parliament at the moment, and that it was not up to the EU to satisfy the demands of rebellious MPs.

Ain't that the truth.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2018 at 07:05:13 AM EST
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