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EU told to 'engage on substance' after Chequers criticism

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter
The European Union has been told it needs to "engage on the substance" of what Britain is putting forward on Brexit, after leaders lined up to savage Theresa May's Chequers plan.
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the proposal remains "credible" and "deliverable", despite stinging criticism of it following an informal summit of EU leaders in Austria.He said: "The prime minister remains resolute and is acting in the best interests of our country, getting that right deal."It's for the EU to engage on the substance of that and that is what we will continue to do."Because ultimately it's about getting the right deal for our country. It's about getting the best deal for Britain and that's what the prime minister is focused on."
EU told to 'engage on substance' after Chequers criticism

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Meanwhile, another minister has said the EU needs to change its position on the Northern Ireland border, otherwise there won't be a deal.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said there are no changes "on the table at the moment" to Chequers, despite the rebuke for the PM's plan for Britain's post-Brexit relationship with the bloc.European Council President Donald Tusk said economic aspects of it "will not work", while French President Emmanuel Macron made clear he was in no mood to extend an olive branch in the direction of Downing Street.He said Chequers in its current state was "not acceptable" and slammed the likes of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, who led the Leave campaign during the 2016 referendum, as "liars" who promised British voters Brexit would be easy.
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'EU needs to engage on substance of Chequers'
The comments have cast fresh doubt on the PM's Brexit strategy - and by extension her grip on power - with Brexiteers renewing their calls for her to bin Chequers.Under the plan, as agreed by ministers in July, the prime minister hopes to agree a "common rulebook" between Britain and the EU on goods, as well as a new customs arrangement with the bloc.But opponents say it would keep Britain too closely tied to EU rules and regulations and fail to deliver on the will of the people expressed in the referendum.Former Brexit secretary David Davis has told the Huffington Post there is a "rock-solid core" of up to 40 Tory MPs who are prepared to vote against Chequers if it is put before parliament.
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Conservative MP John Redwood said "of course" the plan is finished in the wake of the Salzburg summit.
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