Mrs May was speaking in Salzburg at the current EU summit where Donald Tusk and German leader Angela Merkel insisted the UK Prime Minister’s plans would fail as they undermine the single market.
The summit which started yesterday September 19th and concludes today September 20th is an informal meeting of heads of EU states with the intention of discussing migration, immigration and security.
Mrs May also said the EU must compromise so the two sides can reach a “successful conclusion”.
Theresa May is with the other EU member states in Salzburg
Ireland is staying in the heart of Europe
Mr Barnier has said that the main thing he expects to come out of the Salzburg summit is a firm declaration of solidarity with Ireland.
EU chief Donald Tusk has said that the government’s Chequers proposals for dealing with the Irish border and trade relations after Brexit must be “reworked and further negotiated”.
The heads of state had an informal dinner on Wednesday evening.
The have arrived at the summit today before a working lunch on Brexit and a press conference with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the Federal Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz.
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The member states heads pose for a family photo at the Salzburg Summit
9pm update: Iain Duncan Smith tells Emmanuel Macron to “butt out”
Prominent Brexiteers have hit back after Emmanual Macron branded them “liars” with Iain Duncan Smith telling the French President to “butt out” of British politics.
The former Tory leader said: “Monsieur Macron is not only out of order, he’s completely wrong.
“The EU is doing their classic case of trying to bully the UK in a variety of ways into taking a different position.
“The honest truth is I don’t get involved in his domestic politics and therefore he should butt out of ours.
“He has got enough problems at home himself, it’s time he sorted his own country out and stopped messing around with ours.
“But it does open the door to remind people why so many voted to leave. They’re sick and tired of the dictatorial, bossy, lecturing nature of the European Union.”
4.30pm update: Farage tells May EU “gangsters and bullyboys” will never be happy
Nigel Farage has urged Theresa May to pursue a “simple free trade deal” and warned EU “gangsters and bullyboys” will never be satisfied.
The former UKIP leader’s Leave Means Leave battle bus took a tour of central London to drive home his message that only a hard Brexit will satisfy his followers.
Mr Farage was gleeful about the Prime Minister’s failure to win EU backing for her softer Chequers deal in Salzburg, and said nothing would ever be good enough for the “bully boys in Brussels”.
Speaking just after the summit finished, he said: “I’m afraid Mrs May is in a real pickle.
“It doesn’t matter what concessions you make to these gangsters, they will always come back for more.
“Maybe this is a big opportunity to chuck Chequers and go back to them with a very simple trade deal, and say ‘you have got two months to sign up to this’.”
4.12pm update: Rees-Mogg urges May to accept Chequers has no support
Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said Mr Tusk had reinforced the objections to the Chequers plan set out by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
He said: “Everyone expected that there would be some softening of Mr Barnier’s line. That hasn’t happened, it has been made firmer.
“I think Chequers now has no supporters at all. I doubt even the Downing Street cat is any longer backing the Chequers plan.
“I think the time has come for Mrs May to say ‘This is not going to work’.”
Nigel Farage has been touring central London on his Leave Means Leave campaign bus
3.37pm update: Macron brands leading Brexiteers “liars”
French President Emmanuel Macron has branded those behind the Brexit campaign as liars.
Mr Macron, who has taken a hard stance on preserving the European Union’s united, said Brexit showed other countries that leaving the EU had negative consequences.
He said: “Those who explain that we can easily live without Europe, that everything is going to be alright, and that it’s going to bring a lot of money home are liars.
“It’s even more true since they left the day after so as not to have to deal with it.”
Mr Macron said Theresa May’s proposals were unacceptable and that he expected new proposals from Britain in October to sort out pending issues.
He said: “It was a good and brave step by the prime minister.
“But we all agreed on this today, the proposals in their current state are not acceptable, especially on the economic side of it. The Chequers plan cannot be take it or leave it.”
Emmanuel Macron has described leading Brexit campaigners as liars
3.29pm update: Lammy repeats calls for People’s Vote
Labour MP David Lammy, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for a second referendum, said: “The Prime Minister’s bluff has turned out to be a duff.
“Her desperate pleas for EU leaders to keep her in power have failed spectacularly and Tusk just wrote the Chequers obituary.
“No-one wants it because it’s the worst of all worlds: tied to the EU without having a veto over new rules while not protecting jobs up and down the country from the Brexit crash.
“Theresa May has shown she can’t provide the solution the country is crying out for, preferring instead to ignore everyone and push on with her deal.
“But Chequers’ nine lives have run out now. It’s time for a people’s vote on Brexit, with the option to stay and lead reform from within the EU. That’s what the country wants and that’s the solution to the logjam.”
3.25pm update: Starmer urges May to drop “reckless red lines”
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: “It has been clear for weeks that Theresa May’s Chequers’ proposals cannot deliver the comprehensive plan we need to protect jobs, the economy and avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.
“With just weeks to go until a deal must be struck, the Prime Minister cannot keep ignoring this reality.
“She needs to urgently drop her reckless red lines and put forward a credible plan for Brexit.”
3.19pm update: Rees-Mogg delivers Salzburg one-liner
Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted a one-line response to the Salzburg summit.
He said: “Chequers goes pop. #ChuckChequers.”
3pm update: Theresa May has said there is a willingness to do a deal but the UK is preparing for a no-deal
Speaking at a press conference in Salzburg, Mrs May said: “There can be no withdrawal agreement without a backstop.”
She said there is a lot of hard work to be done, but an EU deal can be reached.
When asked about her Chequers plan, she said: “I am negotiating hard in the interest of the British people. I am also clear that we need to ensure there is no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.”
She said: “We are continuing to work for a good deal but there is a lot of work to be done and I will drive to deliver for the British people”.
Mrs May said her Brexit proposal is the “only serious and credible” plan on the table.
She warned that there was no counter proposal on the table.
She said: “Concerns have been raised over Chequers. I want to know what they are. Hard work needs to be done.
“Let nobody be in any doubt, and I’ve aways said this, we are preparing for no deal.”
2:45pm update: Tusk says there will be no Brexit deal without a ‘legally binding Irish backstop’
The President of the European Council said: “We had a good discussion on Brexit which confirmed our full unity.
“We confirmed no withdrawal agreement without a fully operational and legally binding Irish backstop and we support Mr Barnier in efforts to find that model.
“We agreed to have a joint political declaration that provides as much clarity as possible on future relations. Everyone agreed while there were positive elements in Chequers proposal the suggested framework for economic cooperation will not work not least because it undermines the single market.
“We also discussed timetable for further negations.
“The moment of truth for Brexit negotiations will be the October security council where we expect maximum progress and results in the Brexit talks. Then we will decide whether to call an extra summit in November to finalise the deal.”
2:30pm Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said an emergency Brexit summit had been “pencilled in” for November
He said in Salzburg: “We are aiming for a result in October but we have to entertain the option that there is so much on the table that we cannot finalise everything in October.”
In response to a a question on the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on Dutch airports such as Schiphol, he said: “I think we have made more preparations for a no deal than the UK has.”
2:15pm update: David Davis speaks out in Germany against the Chequers deal
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis has said that no “self-respecting” democracy would accept the terms for UK’s future relations with the EU in Theresa May’s Chequers plan.
Speaking to German businesses in Munich, Mr Davis called the Chequers plan “a non-starter”.
He said: “”For a nation that is seeking its independence and endeavouring to chart its own path in the world – how can this possibly be acceptable.
“For the fifth largest economy in the world, leading the way on innovation, we cannot be governed by a body that we have no control over. It should not even be contemplated.
“We should be discussing these regulations as friends and collaborators, by all means. But we cannot simply accept them as subordinate rule takers. No self-respecting democracy could.”
David Davis has spoken out against May’s Chequers plan
2pm update: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that the UK population would be very angry if we had a second referendum and it is not the government’s policy
Mr Hunt also said that if the UK government gets the support of the EU, the deal will get through parliament.
His comments come as there are growing calls for another referendum on the UK’s membership with the EU.
1pm Theresa May must admit a failure on Brexit and call a second referendum, says Lord Steel
The former Liberal leader Lord Steel has said that Mrs May should make a prime ministerial broadcast to admit defeat on Brexit.
Lord Steel said that Brexit has proved “too difficult and damaging”.
The peer said: “In the words of the popular American song – let’s call the whole thing off.
“The PM should promise to work for reforms in the European institutions and to steer government investment to the underprivileged parts of England who, in desperation, voted out.”
Lord Steel was the leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1976-1988.
12:45pm update: OECD downgrades UK growth forecast amid concern over a no-deal Brexit
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has downgraded its forecasts for UK economic growth over the next two years due to concerns of a no-deal Breixt.
The OECD cut its prediction for UK GDP growth in 2018 from 1.4% in May to 1.3% now, and for 2019 from 1.3% to 1.2%.
The organisation’s chief economist said it was imperative for a Brexit deal to still maintain very close linked between the UK and the European Union.
12:30pm update: May hints that a deal on the Irish backstop will not be reached in time for the October European Council
The UK’s Prime Minister said in her bilateral meeting with Leo Varadkar that she does not think it is possible for a deal on the Irish backdrop to be reached in time for the October European Council.
Mr Barnier has said that October will be the “moment of truth” for Brexit.
Xavier Bettel, PM of Luxembourg, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
11:45am update: Elysee says they are prepared to hold a November Brexit summit if necessary
The Elysee official said the economic partnership after Brexit will have to be re-discussed as currently there is no landing point.
The official from President Emmanuel Macron’s Elysee Palace also said the unity of the EU’s 27 other leaders was holding in the talks to end Britain’s membership of the bloc, and that a November summit should not be set in stone, as the two sides should make as much progress as possible by October.
11:30am update: EU leaders have warned of time running out to make a Brexit deal
Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said time was “getting short”, adding: “We both need to find a compromise.”
The Netherlands’ Mark Rutte warned of a failure to reach agreement, saying: “As long as there is no deal, there is the risk of ‘no-deal’.”
Both sides are trying to reach a deal before the UK leaves the EU on March 29 2019.
Orban and Macron at the Salzburg Summit
11am: Wetherspoon boss says UK must refuse to pay the £39 billion withdrawal bill to the bloc
Tim Martin urged Mrs May to forget Chequers and to to focus her efforts on securing a Brexit deal that would allow Britain to trade with “100 percent of the world”.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Martin insisted “we’ll all be really happy and better off” once the British Government agrees to cut tariffs on trade and regains its commercial independence from the European Union.
10:45am update: Hungarian PM Viktor Orban says one side of EU leaders want to punish the UK for Brexit
Mr Orban claimed he was on the side of EU leaders who were not set on punishing the UK for Brexit.
When he was asked about Brexit on his way into the summit, he said: “I don’t like that approach at all. So what we need is a fair Brexit and a good cooperation between the UK and the European Union in the future.”
Tusk made a jibe to Theresa May about Brexit on Instagram
10:30am update: Donald Tusk cheekily reminds May on Instagram that the UK can not “cherry pick” from the EU’s rulebook
Posting a picture of himself helping Theresa May to a cupcake at a buffet at the Salzburg summit, the European Council President added the comment: “A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries.”
10:15am update: Ireland is flexible on how a backstop agreement on Northern Ireland is achieved, says Coveney
Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said that Ireland is flexible on how a backstop agreement on the future of its border with Northern Ireland is achieved but not over the outcome that there should be no physical infrastructure along the border.
Mr Coveney said: “EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has already talked about re-writing the backstop from an EU perspective, and I think the EU negotiators are responding with quite significant change to those British concerns.
“Where we cannot be flexible is in terms of the outcome and that guarantee (of no hard border), but of course are willing to be flexible and will look at new ways of achieving that in the context of the backstop.”
Heads of states from the EU are at the Salzburg Summit
10am update: Ireland’s Foreign Minister: ‘Brexit deal WILL be reached but talks must intensify’
Simon Coveney made the comments when he was speaking at the ‘Getting Ireland Brexit Ready’ campaign, which is trying to get the country ready for any Brexit outcome.
He said: “This stepping up of our preparedness is going to be more visible from now on, but this should not be interpreted as a reflection of the state of play in the negotiations or in any way prejudge the outcome”.
9:45am update: Sturgeon demands article 50 is extended to stop a ‘Blind Brexit’
Scotland’s First Minister has written to the leaders of all political parties asking them to support her demand to extend the March Brexit deadline.
She said: “It’s time for everyone in the UK political establishment to wake up to the reality of what now faces us.
“If the choice we face is between no deal and no detail, then an extension to the article 50 negotiation period must be on the table as the only way to avoid an economic cliff edge and allow all alternative options to be considered.”
Sturgeon warned that a no deal Brexit will lead to dire economic consequences and a shortage of medicines and food.
Juncker and May greet at the Salzburg Summit
9:30am update: Malta’s Prime Minister claims most EU leaders would like UK to hold a second Brexit referendum
Joseph Muscat said there was “almost unanimous” support among EU leader for Britain to hold another vote for leaving the bloc.
He said to the BBC’s Today programme: “There is a unanimous, or almost unanimous I would say right now, point of view around the table that we would like the almost impossible to happen, that the UK has another referendum.
“I wouldn’t know what the result would be, whether it would be any different from the first result.
“I think most of us would welcome a situation where there is the possibility of the British people putting things into perspective, seeing what has been negotiated, seeing the options and then deciding once and for all.”
9am update: Jean-Claude Juncker is optimistic that the external border Brexit issue will be resolved
The president of the European Commission has said that no significant progress was made with Brexit last night but he believes that the protection of external borders will be solved “in a way that by the end of the year we will have an agreement”.
His comments came as the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz began the summit by saying that the chances of solving the migrant crisis to hit Europe are “very low”.
Upon arriving at the summit, Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte urged the EU28 to cooperate on the issue.
8:35am update: Ireland Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says “Ireland IS staying in the heart of Europe” in bilateral meeting with May
Mrs May and Mr Varadkar held a bilateral meeting before leaders gathered for the morning summit in Salzburg, as the the UK and the EU are still unable to find a solution over the Irish backstop issue.
Amid the rising tensions surrounding the Ireland border debate, Mr Varadkar said: “I have had a very good meeting with Theresa May and her team, time is running short.
“Ireland wants to avoid a no deal but we are preparing and hiring extra staff. But we need to redouble efforts and make sure there will be no hard border.
“We have a border, a political border, different currencies, what we want to avoid is barriers to movement of goods and trade and people. Think of all the businesses. That’s what we are trying to engineer. But it’s difficult.
“Ireland is staying in the heart of Europe, we helped to found it. This will be a new treaty between EU and UK.”
Varadkar and May hold a bilateral meeting in Salzburg
The meeting was 40 minutes long and following the meeting Varadkar told reporters that any agreement on the backstop would be between the UK and the EU and not between Ireland and the UK.
He said: “What we want to avoid is any new barriers to the movement of goods, any new barriers to trade, any new barriers to the movement of people.
“Just think of all the people who cross the border every day to work or study. Think of all the businesses who trade across the border.
“That’s what we’re trying to engineer, a new relationship, so that at least when it comes to those matters it is very much like the one we have now, but that’s difficult to do.”
8:30am update – Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel urges solidarity or warns the Schengen area will be in “jeopardy”
The Belgium prime minister, Charles Michel, said: “Without any doubt, the internal market is degraded by Brexit. We must continue working, being creative and innovative. We also must maintain a solid partnership in all domains with the UK.
“Regarding migration, we need a strong partnership with African countries. And we have to be realistic. We must have a solidarity strategy. Some countries refuse solidarity and they jeopardise Schengen area because Schengen supposes solidarity.”
Theresa May and Angela Merkel arrive for the Salzburg summit
8am update – EU head of states arrive at the Salzburg summit after Brexit talks last night
The EU’s 28 leaders sat down to dinner on Wednesday night and Mrs May was given ten minutes to talk about Brexit.
Speaking last night, Mrs May said that Brexit was a “uniquely complicated” challenge but one that could be completed with time.
She made clear that her three priorities were to protecting Northern Ireland, safeguarding trading links with the EU and maintaining a close security relationship with the EU to deal with common threats.
Mrs May said that leaders should focus on getting a deal in the next two months as negotiations will not be extended.
Mrs May rejected the European Commission’s latest proposals on minimising checks along the Irish Sea in the event of the backstop taking effect.
Juncker described Mrs May’s Brexit appeal as “interesting. It was polite. It was not aggressive. She is doing her job”.
Sebastian Kurz said this morning, Thursday September 20th: “I believe you know the approaches are different here still but I’d also like to report something positive, I have the impression that both sides are aware that they will only find a solution if they communicate with each other.”