Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, has put a dampener on Theresa May’s day. He’s announced today that her Chequers Brexit plan will need to be “reworked” in some key areas – meaning, if the plan goes ahead, it’ll be even worse for the British people than originally planned.
It looks like we’re going to need to make even more concessions to the EU if May is to pass the Chequers deal.
Ahead of a European Council meeting in Salzburg, the EU Chief said that May’s compromises did show a “positive evolution of the UK’s approach” and a willingness to attempt to minimize what he called the “negative impacts of Brexit.” In plain speak, that means that May’s compromises give more to the EU and make greater sacrifices for Britain. It essentially fits Merkel’s vision of the UK suffering “a little bit” during the negotiation process.
Tusk tweeted about his thoughts on the negotiation process, explaining:
“Today there is perhaps more hope but there is surely less and less time. On the Irish question and the framework for economic cooperation the UK’s proposal needs to be reworked.”
His comment “less and less time” of course refers to the reality of an emergency summit that looks to be held in the middle of November to try and agree on the final deal.