Theresa May takes Donald Tusk to task for his Brexit ‘hell’ comment

British prime minister Theresa May has insisted she will deliver Brexit on time.

Speaking after a series of meetings with EU officials in Brussels, Mrs May said she had raised with European Council President Donald Tusk “the language that he used yesterday, which was not helpful and caused widespread dismay in the United Kingdom”.

On Wednesday Mr Tusk suggested “a special place in hell” awaited those Brexiteers who advocated leaving the EU without making a plan for it.

Mrs May told reporters on Thursday: “I am clear that I am going to deliver Brexit. I am going to deliver it on time. That is what I am going to do for the British public, I will be negotiating hard in the coming days to do just that.”

Earlier, Mrs May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker had “robust but constructive” talks in Brussels, according to a joint statement.

Mrs May arrived in Brussels on Thursday for crunch Brexit talks after insisting that the UK must not be “trapped” in a backstop deal on the Irish Border.

“Despite the challenges, the two leaders agreed that their teams should hold talks as to whether a way through can be found that would gain the broadest possible support in the UK parliament and respect the guidelines agreed by the European Council,” the statement said.

“The prime minister and the president will meet again before the end of February to take stock of these discussions.”

The UK Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay and EU negotiator Michel Barnier will hold talks in Strasbourg on Monday.


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