News ID: 219588
Published: 0548 GMT August 08, 2018

EU not to discuss Brexit in next summit: Sources

EU not to discuss Brexit in next summit: Sources

Sources close to the European Union leadership have indicated that Brexit will not be on the agenda of a next summit of the bloc in Salzburg, Austria, unless Britain makes tangible concessions on conditions it has proposed on the issue.

The diplomatic sources told the Sun newspaper on Wednesday that British Prime Minister Theresa May could not be assured that EU leaders will discuss Brexit in the Salzburg summit on September 20 despite her announcement last month that Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had accepted after a meeting between the two leaders to include the issue on the summit’s agenda, Presstv Reported.

“We don’t know what we should be discussing in Salzburg. We haven’t got a clue because there’s nothing on the table. It’s not on the agenda,” said the sources, adding that EU leaders needed May to present a fresh idea on Brexit.

They said that Austria’s Kurz had not definitely accepted May’s proposal that Brexit should be discussed in the summit, adding that EU Council chief Donald Tusk also remains undecided.

“Kurz has not accepted that at all or acknowledged it, he just took note of this wish by the British prime minister,” the sources said, adding, “The suggestion was done by the British side. It has not been commented on by Mr Tusk nor by any other EU leader.”

EU’s refusal to discuss Brexit in its next summit could be a fresh blow to May’s ambitions for hammering out a deal with Brussels in March next year when Britain is expected to officially leave the EU.

Many have warned over the past weeks that there is a high chance that Britain would fail to reach a deal and would simply crash out of the EU without deciding how it will regulate trade and other issues in the future.

May has said that she will not bow to a bad deal but insists that there are still chances to avoid the highly-feared no-deal Brexit.



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