Theresa May has tried to rally EU leaders for a divorce deal to sort out the “uniquely complex situation” of Brexit.
Over a non-public dinner in Salzburg, the prime minister introduced hopes for a “shared close future” however warned “we never said Brexit would be easy”.
Her feedback got here hours after Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab threatened to undermine the Chequers proposal by admitting it was “not perfect”.
A brand new summit is expected to be arrange for November, because the deadline for a deal by the top of autumn looms.
Mrs May addressed EU27 leaders over wiener schnitzel with potatoes and Austrian wine, pitching her Chequers proposal before sit-down conferences start on Thursday.
Fighting again against the EU’s suggestion that Northern Ireland could keep within the customs union to avert a tough border, Mrs May mentioned separating it from the remainder of the UK was “not credible”.
She additionally hit again at whispers in Brussels of a referendum on the final Brexit deal, saying: “We all recognise that point is brief however delaying or extending these negotiations just isn’t an possibility.
“I do know that for multiple of you Brexit just isn’t one thing you need – however it is very important be clear there will probably be no second referendum.”
Earlier, Mr Raab warned that if the EU didn’t comply with the UK’s lead and compromise it will be “lose-lose” for each side.
In remarks more likely to fire up Brexiteers campaigning for the government to “chuck Chequers”, he added the proposal conceived on the prime minister’s countryside retreat was “not perfect”.
But Mr Raab insisted it was “the most credible plan” for Brexit, difficult critics by saying it was “a bit late in the day” for various proposals.
Britain and the EU each need to get to a deal by the top of 2018, to permit sufficient time for all of the bloc’s nationwide parliaments to debate and vote on it before the expected Brexit day of 29 March 2019.
The casual gathering in Salzberg has been seen as a staging submit in talks, however is unlikely to yield a lot progress – in public at the very least.
Brussels has remained adamant it’s the UK that should change its place.
“A Brexit deal needs the UK to acknowledge the EU rules,” Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat instructed Sky News as he entered the talks.
Antonio Tajani, the European Parliament president, added that the 4 freedoms underpinning the EU have been indivisible.
There have to be a degree taking part in discipline with the UK post-Brexit, he mentioned, with no cherry picking.