British Prime Minister Theresa May clearly refused any proposal by the European Union which would effectively translate into creating a North Ireland border which would make it a part of the EU rules and regulations
The proposal by the EU of making Britain a part of an EEA area and would effectively retain Britain under all EU rules, including free movement of people was summarily refused by May in a seven-minute speech in Downing Street.
With respect to the two day meeting that she had with other EU leaders, May said that she expected herself to be treated in the same respectful manner that she and the British negotiators had always acted.
May put the onus on the EU of explaining why the British proposals was being rejected by it and therefore the EU now gad the responsibility of putting forward alternative proposals.
The rights to stay in Britain of the 3 million EU citizens living in Britain would remain assured even if there is no Brexit deal, May also reassured them.
May had presented to the EU a plan that is now known as the Chequers Plan which is the blue print of the UK government for deal with the RU after implementation of Brexit in Mach next year.
Issuing a straight forward warning to Brussels, May said: “The EU should be clear, I will not overturn the result of the referendum nor will I break up my country. We need serious engagement in resolving the two big problems in the negotiations and we stand ready.”
She referred to the June 2016 Brexit referendum as the biggest democratic exercise in British history.
Earlier, European Council President Donald Tuskhad commented that the European single market was undermined by the framework suggested by May with regards to economic co-operation and therefore it will not work. He however said that there were some positive elements in her proposals.
The EU Council president “didn’t explain how in any detail or make any counter-proposal. So we are at an impasse”, May said.
There are two sticking points between the UK and the EU in striking a Brexit deal according to May.
The potential the economic relationship between the two parties following implementation of Brexit was the first issue while the second issue was that of the need for both the sides to agree for about the necessity of a withdrawal agreement which essentially should incorporate a backstop so that both sides can make sure that no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would be formed in case there was a delay in implementing a Brexit agreement. May said.
“Anything which fails to respect the referendum or which effectively divides our country in two would be a bad deal and I have always said no deal is better than a bad deal We will never agree to it,” May said.
(Adapted from Xinhuanet.com)