British PM Theresa May demands respect from European Union in Brexit negotiations

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media before departing from Abuja

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media before departing from Abuja

Ministers will demand an alternative plan to her "Chequers" proposal at a Cabinet meeting on Monday, the Telegraph said.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt were said to be among those pressing for a change of direction.

The source also said that the Prime Minister may be asked to replace key European Union advisers, including Remainer Olly Robbins.

Harsh language on either side, and the fighting talk May came out with on Friday in response could increase the chance of talks collapsing and Britain quitting the bloc in March without a deal to ease economic disruption, some diplomats said.

'That would make a mockery of the referendum we had two years ago.

Mrs May later delivered a speech in Downing Street in which she said the EU's rejection of her plan without offering an alternative was "unacceptable".

"At this late stage in the negotiations it is simply not acceptable to reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counterproposals", said May. "The U.K. expects the same". Unlimited freedom in exchanging goods, capital and services is always desirable in a trade relationship.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described Theresa May's statement on the Brexit negotiations as "dreadful" as she branded the Chequers proposals a "dead duck".

May will face tough questions at her Conservative Party's annual conference, which begins September 30. Tusk had just sat through a leaders' lunch at which the French president Emmanuel Macron had torn up Tusk's plans for a special summit in mid-November to thrash out a final Brexit deal.

The judgment of British newspapers was brutal. The broadly pro-EU Guardian said May had been "humiliated". "So we are at an impasse", she said.

Mrs Sturgeon said a no deal or "no detail" Brexit was not acceptable following the Prime Minister's update.

Despite all the heated British rhetoric, the EU's position is not new.

When asked if he was referring to Donald Tusk's Instagram post, Hunt said yes.

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While the United Kingdom is keen to avoid such a scenario, Hunt told Radio 4: "Let's be clear, even in a situation where we aren't able to come to an agreement, we would be trading on World Trade Organisation terms and it would be bumpy, it would be hard, but we would find a way to survive and prosper as a country".

Earlier, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab lashed out at "dark mutterings" in Brussels about "Northern Ireland being the price Britain will have to pay" for leaving the bloc - a reference to demands for the province to stay under European Union customs rules after Brexit. Failing to do so could disrupt the lives of people and business on both sides, and undermine Northern Ireland's hard-won peace.

'The second option would be a basic free trade agreement for Great Britain that would introduce checks at the Great Britain/EU border.

'But the EU is proposing to achieve this by effectively keeping Northern Ireland in the Customs Union.

And she promised the people of Northern Ireland that, if there was no deal, the Government would "do everything in our power to prevent a return to a hard border".

Theresa May said there were "two big issues" behind an "impasse" in the Brexit negotiations: the UK's economic relationship post-Brexit and the Irish border. You are our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues. We want you to stay.

Britain is also running out of time to negotiate a deal with the EU.

"She said Brexit meant Brexit when she didn't know what it meant".

Pressure is mounting on May from eurosceptics in her Tory party to abandon the so-called "Chequers" proposal for a less ambitious one that would not maintain such close EU-UK ties.

But her most pointed remarks focused on the process of the talks.

Jeremy Hunt told BBC Saturday the European Union should work with Britain to try to find a way to make Prime Minister Theresa May's "sensible, concrete proposals actually work".

Mr Tusk has since said he admires Mrs May, and a compromise is possible.

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