Brexit: what kind of deal can Theresa May arrange now?

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 23, 2017

German chancellor Angela Merkel said building a future for the remaining 27 European Union member states took priority over negotiations with the UK.

"For me the shaping of the future of the 27 is a priority coming before the issue of the negotiations with Britain on the exit", Merkel said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, attending his first summit, warned countries against defying Europe's principles and values, as some eastern European states challenge the bloc's refugee-sharing scheme, which was adopted with a legally binding majority vote.

"One of the things that I will be calling on with other European leaders today is that we do more working together to ensure that we stop the spread of extremism on line, that we prevent terrorists from having a safe space online and we keep our citizens safe", she said.

"I am very pleased to be here for the European Council today following the constructive start of our negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the EU", she told reporters before going for the summit meeting.

"That's been an important issue".

"So who knows? You may say I am a dreamer but I'm not the only one", Tusk continued, quoting a lyric from the late John Lennon's "Imagine". "You may say I am a dreamer but I'm not the only one".

Krzysztof Lapinski reacted Thursday to criticism by Macron who said in an interview with newspapers including Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza daily that East European leaders are betraying Europe's values but want its funds, adding: "Europe is not a supermarket".

"Europe is not a supermarket. Europe is a common destiny".

However, despite repeated assertions from Mrs May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that the Referendum result must be respected by the country, high-profile figures such as Mr Tusk are hopeful of a dramatic u-turn.

While the bloc has 15 military and training missions overseas, it does not match its economic might with the same military reach.Leaders in Brussels gave their governments three months to say whether they would be willing to join a coalition of European Union members to launch missions in the future and under what terms."We have set ourselves an ambitious timeline".

British Prime Minster Theresa May is set to fly to Brussels to try to break the impasse in Brexit negotiations over the status of expatriate citizens after Britain leaves the bloc.

European Council President Donald Tusk says that he still holds out hope that Brexit can be reversed even though the negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union officially started this week.

Ahead of private talks with May Thursday, Tusk said he had been asked by British friends if he could see a way of Britain still staying in.

To show the "goodwill" her aides often refer to, May will have a separate conversation with European Council President Donald Tusk and hopes to have other one-to-one meetings.

At the two-day summit, the European Union leaders are also expected to discuss defense and security, migration, and economic and trade issues.

Trump's repeated criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, 22 of whom are EU members, for being too reliant on the United States' military, has also unnerved European leaders, who say they must do more together and see defence as a unifying force after Brexit."Europe should be doing more for its own security", Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told reporters.

He said "we are witnessing the return of the European Union rather as a solution, not a problem".

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