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‘Ball’s in YOUR COURT!’ May issues Brussels ULTIMATUM on day of fresh Brexit talks

THERESA May will today dramatically raise the stakes in the Brexit negotiations by warning EU chiefs that the “ball is in your court”.

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Theresa May will warn EU chiefs that the ‘ball is in your court’


In a sign of growing frustration at the slow progress of talks, the Prime Minister will say Brussels must stop its stonewalling.She wants  negotiators to come back with a “constructive” response to her proposals for a future trade deal.

Mrs May will speak in the Commons this afternoon after Government sources confirmed she has authorised a multi-billion pound overhaul of Britain’s border controls, to be implemented immediately should the Brexit talks collapse.

Her remarks are expected to be seen as the clearest signal yet that ministers are drastically accelerating contingency preparations for walking out of the Brussels talks without a deal.

Mrs May is understood to be irritated that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his chief negotiator Michel Barnier have failed to come up with a serious counter offer to the Brexit proposals she set out in her keynote speech in Florence last month.

Mrs May will speak in the Commons this afternoon


And as we look forward to the next stage the ball is in their court. But I am optimistic we will receive a positive response

Theresa May

At Westminster today Mrs May will say she remains “optimistic” about getting a deal while insisting it is now the EU’s turn to come up with proposals for negotiation.In a Commons statement she is expected to tell MPs: “A new, deep and special partnership between a sovereign United Kingdom and a strong and successful European Union is our ambition and our offer to our European friends.

“Achieving that partnership will require leadership and flexibility, not just from us but from our friends, the 27 nations of the EU.

“And as we look forward to the next stage the ball is in their court. But I am optimistic we will receive a positive response.

“Because what we are seeking is not just the best possible deal for us – but also the best possible deal for our European friends too.

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Mr Juncker and Mr Barnier both welcomed the Prime Minister’s Florence speech


“So while of course progress will not always be smooth, by approaching these negotiations in a constructive way – in a spirit of friendship and co-operation and with our sights firmly set on the future – I believe we can prove the doomsayers wrong. And I believe we can seize the opportunities of this defining moment in the history of our nation.”Mr Juncker and Mr Barnier both welcomed the Prime Minister’s Florence speech as “constructive” but then claimed her offer did not go far enough to allow the negotiations to move on to the issue of trade.

Her proposals include a transitional period of “around two years” after the official  date of continuing close ties with Brussels with an estimated payment totalling £18billion.

The EU negotiating team are holding out for a far higher sum, however.

Amid the deadlock it emerged yesterday that Mrs May has decided to commit billions of pounds to tighten Britain’s borders in the event of walking out of the talks.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is understood to have agreed to the expenditure with Treasury sources indicating that billions of pounds would be “unlocked” in the New Year to press ahead with the border shake-up to prepare for leaving the EU in 2019 without a deal.

Justice Minister Dominic Raab yesterday confirmed that the preparations have begun.

He said: “Those contingency plans are well under way.

“The Prime Minister has been very clear right from the outset that we’re going into these negotiations with our EU friends wanting to get the very best for us and for them.

“But at the same time it takes two to tango – you have got to be prepared for all eventualities.“I know as a justice minister the preparations that are under way if those negotiations don’t lead to the positive result we all want and it is only right that the Chancellor prepares for that too.”

Mrs May was pushing for a “bespoke deal that is faithful to the referendum result that takes back control of our money, our laws and our borders”, Mr Raab said.

He added: “We’ve shown the detail of our plans, we’ve extended the arm of friendship.”

Mr Raab said that while a trade deal with the EU was the “optimum” outcome, he was not afraid of leaving the bloc without an agreement.

“I want us to strive for the best deal and I’d like to see us get that deal and I’m confident we can.

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Boris Johnson hit out by describing the conspirators within his party as ‘nutters’


“We were always going to find the first six months difficult going, not least because the EU is hanging tough around the money.”Meanwhile, Sir John Major yesterday warned that “disloyal” Tory MPs attempting to overthrow Theresa May risked putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street.

The former prime minister spoke out about his “increasing dismay” over the turmoil in Conservative ranks.

Boris Johnson also hit out by describing the conspirators within the party as “nutters”.

Comparing his Tory colleagues to a herd of elephants, the Foreign Secretary said: “Are we really going to be stampeded myopically over the edge of the gorge, with an election that no one wants?

“Quo quo scelesti ruitis? as Horace put it at the beginning of a fresh bout of Rome’s ghastly civil wars, and which roughly translates as: What do you think you are doing you nutters? “From what I can see the Tory herd has refused to be so goaded. We have sniffed the air and turned sensibly away from the cliff.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/863910/brexit-news-theresa-may-european-union-brussels-ultimatum

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Clive Taylor-Sholl
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Wasn’t it our policy to stop a power emerging in Europe for all these centuries? Well Germany, not for the first time has arisen as the dominant power in Europe as this article suggests. Yes, there are European fanatics who want a United States of Europe and want a United Europe to be the world power, and if you divulge in to more conspiracy type theories you could say there are plans for cultural Marxism to occur through the European mechanism, but for all these people who want to use the European Union for their own disastrous aims, Germany is… Read more »
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Quote from the BBC News “Ceta was approached with goodwill on all sides. Still it took seven years.” There will be no agreement within the allotted timescale.

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