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UK's May seeks more compromise from EU ahead of meeting

The tone of some of their comments, particularly the irony of European Council President Donald Tusk, left May exposed at home as she heads into what is expected to be a tumultuous annual conference of her Conservative Party from September 30.

"The public has delivered its verdict and I as prime minister will deliver upon that", she added.

May insisted the deal reached at Chequers remains the "only serious credible" means of avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland.

The three largest opposition parties, Labour, the Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats, have all publicly said they will oppose the prime minister's plans. "You can hear very clearly the clock ticking in the room", said the diplomat.

Brussels and London have made positive noises in recent days on major obstacles, including how to keep an open border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland, though investors have shied away from taking big bets.

It has been true for some time that France and Germany are the strongest voices for a firm stance toward Britain.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier is re-working the offer it put forward earlier this year in a bid to address concerns raised by the British prime minister.

There is still no agreement on some issues, including how to avoid new checks on the Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland border.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Conservative MP Stephen Crabb said the EU's attempts to "belittle" Mrs May would push people who have been advocating compromise with the European Union to think "the quicker we're out of this circus the better".

He said Brexit "demonstrated that those who explain that one can get by easily without Europe - that it will all go well, that it is easy and brings in a lot of money - are liars".

"It's even more true since they left the day after so as not to have to deal with it".

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French President Emmanuel Macron said there was "consensus" that the UK's proposals were "not acceptable".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the EU27 were agreed that, "in the matter of the single market, there can be no compromises".

Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer called on Mrs May to abandon her opposition to the United Kingdom remaining in the European single market.

Despite the comments from Mr Muscat and Mr Babis, the Prime Minister showed no intention of giving ground on the issue of a so-called People's Vote when asked about it at the summit on Wednesday.

There is "almost unanimous" agreement amongst European Union that another Brexit referendum should be held in Britain, Joseph Muscat has said.

"So we do not want to take decisions for the 65 million that will damage the 425 million", Rutte said.

He added: "I've not seen these two camps at the table".

Tusk, though, highlighted shortfalls in Britain's position on avoiding a hard border, as well as on economic cooperation, saying that "the U.K.'s proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated".

On BBC Radio 4's Today he said any deal would be "sub-optimal" to continued membership and "it won't be as easy as yesterday to trade between the two sides".

May said she wanted to reassure people in Northern Ireland "that in the event of no deal, we will do everything in our power to prevent a return to a hard border".

"It was polite", said a senior European Union diplomat.

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