Unic Press UK: The European Council, which defines the European Union’s overall political direction and priorities, says the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan is not acceptable.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) September 20, 2018
In his remarks after the Salzburg informal summit, the European Council President Donald Tusk said:
“. . . there will be no Withdrawal Agreement without a solid, operational and legally binding Irish backstop. Second, we agreed to have a joint political declaration that provides as much clarity as possible on the future relations. Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic cooperation will not work. Not least because it risks undermining the Single Market. Third, we also discussed the timetable for further negotiations. The moment of truth for Brexit negotiations will be the October European Council. In October we expect maximum progress and results in the Brexit talks. Then we will decide whether conditions are there to call an extraordinary summit in November to finalise and formalise the deal.“
The United Kingdom had voted on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union with 51.8% [more than 17.4 million of the total votes]. Thereafter, on March 29, 2017, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May via a signed letter triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to formally declare that the UK would exit the EU.