EU leaders will on Thursday make preparations for the final stretch of Brexit negotiations, after clashing with Britain over how to bridge their differences to reach a divorce deal. Leaders of the 27 other European Union countries will meet without British Prime Minister Theresa May in Salzburg, during the first of three summits in successive months that Brussels hopes will yield an agreement. But as they arrived for a pre-summit dinner in the Austrian city on Wednesday evening, both sides called on the other to make further concessions. EU Council President Donald Tusk said that despite progress in some areas, on the two thorniest issues of the Irish border and post-Brexit trade ties, “the UK’s proposals will need to be reworked”. May, who is under intense pressure from Brexiteers back home, retorted that she had already made compromises and it was now the turn of Brussels. “If we are going to achieve a successful conclusion then, just as the UK has evolved its position, the EU will need to evolve its position too,” she said. Both sides had been aiming for an October EU summit as the deadline to reach an agreement, to allow time for the deal to be… Read full this story
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