European Council President Donald Tusk has said that a ‘no deal’ Brexit is “more likely than ever before” and that it must be prepared for. Tusk made the comment in a letter to EU leaders ahead of meetings scheduled for 17 and 18 October in Belgium.
“We must prepare the EU for a no-deal scenario, which is more likely than ever before,” Tusk wrote in the letter which acknowledged that the Brexit negotiations had“ proven to be more complicated than some may have expected”.
Despite the tough situation, however, Tusk said that EU leaders should “remain hopeful” as there is still “good will” on all sides.
May will meet EU leaders on Wednesday with both her Brexit plans and potentially her political leadership on the line.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticized May’s latest statement about the contentious border issue, saying the whole thing was “beginning to feel like Groundhog Day.”
The UK government’s handling of the Brexit negotiations has been repeatedly criticized by EU leaders and political analysts. British Prime Minister Theresa May has played down criticisms of her Chequers plan, however, suggesting that it all amounts to negotiation tactics from Brussels.
GB will get a much better deal if any is required. But the Northern Ireland border must be closed to prevent mass migration of Arabs. Africans and other undesirables from entering the country via this “loophole”
The border between Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland remains biggest sticking point in negotiations. Barnier has said the EU is open to a deal in which the entire UK – not just Northern Ireland – would remain within the Customs Union, eliminating the need for any border checks.
RT.com / ABC Flash Point EU News 2018.