On the second day of the informal EU summit in the Austrian city of Salzburg, Brexit talks dominated the agenda, with British Prime minister Theresa May signaling Britain is not ready to accept either of the two deal options proposed by her European colleagues. This would mean that Britain risks crashing out of the EU without a deal in March 2019.
Within the first arrangement, the status of the Irish border is a key point in the continuing negotiations between the two parties. The so-called backstop plan will ensure there is no hard border between the UK’s province Northern Ireland and the EU member Ireland, the former remaining in the EU Customs Union.
The second arrangement is modeled after the one that Norway has with the EU – membership in the single market including the free movement of people.
“We have very clear principles regarding the integrity of the single market and regarding precisely the Irish border,” said French President Emmanuel Macron quoted by Reuters.
“It was clear today that we need substantial progress by October and that we then aim to finalize everything in November,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.