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EU Leaders Reject U.K. Prime Minister's Chequers Proposal for Brexit
Organization: Department of International Cooperation        Publish Date: 2018-10-01 16:59
EU Leaders Reject U.K. Prime Minister's Chequers Proposal for Brexit

Sources: Economic Daily News, Commercial Times, BBC

The leaders of the 28 EU member states rejected the Chequers plan proposed by British Prime Minister Theresa May, during their informal summit in Salzburg, Austria Sept. 19-20 to discuss the Brexit issue,

This decision has increased the risk that the UK could leave the EU without any agreement in place and may face an unpredictable period of turmoil as a result.

May responded to the move by saying rejection of the plan is "not acceptable" and warning she was prepared to abandon the Brexit negotiations.

May also issued a statement accusing the EU of being responsible for the deadlock in Brexit talks. Only six months remain until the UK is slated to officially leave the EU.

For the EU, the two key controversial aspects of the Chequers plan are related to the single market and the Irish border. The EU single market consists of four major parts: the free flow of goods, services, people and capital. The Chequers plan suggests that the UK and EU reach a consensus on "free trade in goods" in an attempt to retain a single market situation that is beneficial to the UK. The EU expressed that this was unacceptable. In addition, no consensus has been reached on how the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would work.

May pointed out that in the final stage of the negotiations it is unacceptable to reject the proposal completely without a detailed explanation. European Council President Donald Tusk responded that the UK has clearly understood the results of our analysis in every detail for the past few weeks.

"In fact, the position shown by the United Kingdom is unexpectedly tough, and it is impossible to keep pace," he added.
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