Brexit deal 'still possible' despite Chequers rejection

EU leaders have insisted a Brexit deal remains possible despite flatly rejecting the Chequers proposal put forward by Theresa May during an acrimonious summit in Salzburg.
The prime minister endured a brutal reception from the national newspapers upon her return to London, with her treatment in the Austrian city widely seen as a "humiliation".Amid the fallout, Mrs May used a surprise statement in Downing Street on Friday to issue an ultimatum to the bloc to accept her strategy or come up with counter-proposals.
Brexit deal 'still possible' despite Chequers rejection

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She declared the UK would continue preparations for a "no-deal" Brexit, acknowledging that the two parties had reached an "impasse" over "two big problems" in negotiations.The address was commended by senior Conservatives and Brexiteer MPs, although the latter have continued to push for her strategy to be dumped in favour of a simpler Canada-style free trade deal.European Council President Donald Tusk - who appeared to mock Mrs May over her Chequers plan in an Instagram post after the Salzburg summit - has since tried to smooth over the row, insisting that he was a "true admirer" of the prime minister.

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He said her proposals were a "step in the right direction", adding: "While understanding the logic of the negotiations, I remain convinced that a compromise, good for all, is still possible."I say these words as a close friend of the UK and a true admirer of PM May."His comments came little more than 24 hours after the EU firmly declared the Chequers proposal for the future UK-EU relationship "will not work", with Mrs May reportedly set to face demands from top ministers to offer an alternative during a cabinet meeting on Monday.

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Citing a Westminster source, The Daily Telegraph claimed the meeting would represent a "crunch point" in the Brexit negotiations, when ministers would "have to look again and reassess like Boris Johnson and David Davis did".
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