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Express: Get on with it: Theresa May must warn the EU ‘time is running out to get a deal’

Date: 04 12 2017

Get on with it: Theresa May must warn the EU ‘time is running out to get a deal’

THERESA May must tell the European Union that if they “don’t get on with it” and move onto trade talks the UK will walk away, Brexiteer Nadine Dorries has demanded.

The Prime Minister must be prepared to walk away with no deal and warn the EU that they are “running out of time” as enters negotiations later today.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries said: “They have had enough time now to decide whether or not they are going to discuss trade with us, they need to get on with it and if they don’t get on with it the closer we get to walking away with no deal.”

The Prime Minister will have lunch with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU’s top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier as faces pressure from within her own party to walk away.

Attempts to move onto the vital trade phase have been met with seemingly endless delays and roadblocks as the EU digs in its heels.

The UK will up its cash offer for a divorce bill from €50billion (£44billion), according to reports.

EU officials are said to be increasingly optimistic about the possibility of progress will be made today.

Negations are only able to move onto the next stage when the EU decides it is satisfied with the progress made other issue, including the contentious issue of the Ireland border.

Brussels officials demanded a “more compressive” offer from the Prime Minister and gave her until today to present it.

Despite the positivity from both side officials have warned that things may still go wrong.

In a boost the Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said on Sunday his country had “no desire” to delay the UK’s Brexit talks.

An Irish government official said late on Sunday there was “still a way to go” on reaching a deal.

He said: ”The Irish government remains hopeful, but at this stage it is very difficult to make a prediction.”

But as Mrs May squares up to Brussels officials, a letter signed by senior Tory MPs and other Brexit supporters has told the Prime Minister that she must end the negotiations this month if the EU refuses to compromise.

A letter organised by Leave Means Leave has underlined that Mrs May could be blocked from doling out more concessions by her own Tory backbenchers.

The Brexit campaign group, which is backed by more than 50 Tory parliamentarians, has set seven red lines in the talks making it clear Mrs May cannot add to the growing list of compromises she has made in the face of intransigence from the EU.

It also insists that “not a penny should be paid” to the EU in a divorce bill unless Britain gets a free trade deal with no tariffs in exchange.vBut as Mrs May squares up to Brussels officials, a letter signed by senior Tory MPs and other Brexit supporters has told the Prime Minister that she must end the negotiations this month if the EU refuses to compromise.

A letter organised by Leave Means Leave has underlined that Mrs May could be blocked from doling out more concessions by her own Tory backbenchers.

The Brexit campaign group, which is backed by more than 50 Tory parliamentarians, has set seven red lines in the talks making it clear Mrs May cannot add to the growing list of compromises she has made in the face of intransigence from the EU.

It also insists that “not a penny should be paid” to the EU in a divorce bill unless Britain gets a free trade deal with no tariffs in exchange.

December 4th, 2017: Express