British Prime Minister Theresa May urged fellow European Union leaders at an informal summit on Wednesday to follow her lead and adapt their Brexit negotiating stance to secure a good deal.
However, before a dinner in the Austrian city of Salzburg, some of those leaders said key elements of the “Chequers” plan that May was aiming to sell to them needed reworking.
With just over six months to go until Britain leaves the EU, both sides are keen to secure some kind of deal on future relations before the end of the year, to avert a disruptive “cliff-edge” exit from EU agreements and institutions.
“If we’re going to achieve a successful conclusion then, just as the UK has evolved its position, the EU will need to evolve its position too,” May told reporters on arrival in Salzburg. “I’m confident that, with goodwill and determination, we can agree a deal that right for both parties.”
EU summit chairman Donald Tusk said some elements of the British plan indicated a “positive evolution” in the UK’s approach.
“On other issues, such as the Irish question, or the framework for economic cooperation, the UK’s proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated,” he said.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a deal with Britain was still “far away”, an EU official said.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks is the need to prevent border posts being erected between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.
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