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“Pure Illusion” – Tusk Rejects Theresa May’s Plan for Post-Brexit Trade Deal



The European Council President Donald Tusk called Theresa May’s plan for a post-Brexit trade deal as “pure illusion”. Just a few hours after May published her plan, Donald Tusk warned that Britain cannot “have its cake and eat it”. He has urged UK to provide another substantial plan.

Donald Tusk has put UK Prime Minister under pressure by saying that her plan would “be much better.” He also expressed that this is the result of May’s uncertainty about what she wanted of Brexit. “Our intention is to adopt these guidelines whether the UK is ready with its vision of our future relations or not,” Tusk told reporters.

“Naturally, it would be much better if it were, but we cannot stand by and wait. I hope to have some more clarity about the UK’s plans this week when I meet Prime Minister May in London,” said Tusk. “I am glad that the UK government seems to be moving towards a more detailed position, however if the media reports are correct I am afraid that the UK position today is based on pure illusion,” he added.

“It looks like the [have your] ‘cake’ [and eat it] philosophy is still alive. From the very start it has been a key principle of the EU27 that there can be no cherry picking and no single market à la carte. This will continue to be a key principle, I have no doubt,” he warned.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary of United Kingdom, had also an interview with BBC Radio 4 this morning. He believes that the UK wanted “frictionless trade” while at the same time it is leaving the customs union.

He also added that there was a “central common understanding” that “there will be areas and sectors of industry where we agree to align our regulations with European regulations, such as the automotive industry”.

“But it will be on a voluntary basis. We will, as a sovereign power, have the right to choose to diverge, and what we won’t be doing is accepting changes in rules because the EU unilaterally chooses to make those changes,” Hunt continued.