The European Commission said that negotiators are working “day and night, 24/7, for a deal”, and has blamed May’s government for blaming Brussels for a no-deal Brexit. It has come out after No 10 said nothing about progresses about Theresa May’s meeting with Macron.
May’s spokesperson has listed some EU figures which he claimed had given a “positive response” to her Brexit plan without mentioning the French President. DR. Fox, the trade secretary, stated that “I think the intransigence of the commission is pushing us towards no deal.” In this relation, David Davis warned that the EU would make a “massive miscalculation” if the UK has a no-deal Brexit.
However, a commission spokesperson has declared that they have worked day and night to have a deal with the UK, because a good deal would be good for both the UK and EU and its 27 members. He added that the country should be ready for no-deal negotiations.
Labour has claimed that a no-deal Brexit would be a “catastrophic failure of government”.
May and Macron had a meeting on Friday in which she tried to rescue her Chequers proposals. She has forwarded a “Chequers deal or no deal” message and said there wouldn’t be more compromises on the package.
No 10 declared that Michel Barnier, the chief EU negotiator; Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s co-ordinator; and Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, welcomed a step forward though they didn’t mention Macron.