BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has given Prime Minister Theresa May a last Brexit warning on Friday – putting her cards on the table, offering ways to overcome "big" differences and preventing the UK from making a deal the block crashes.
On the second day of a summit more With the focus on migration than Brexit, the leaders of the other 27 EU states joined forces to intensify the pressure on May to overcome the rifts in their government and the negotiations to bring to a halt last.
Mai, who left the summit after day one, was reluctant to formulate detailed Brexit plans as the conservative party was deeply divided over Britain's biggest foreign change in nearly half a century.
But she has promised to negotiate an agreement with her top ministerial team at a meeting next week and intends to present a strategy paper or White Paper outlining the government's goals for a future partnership.
With just nine months left before Britain leaves the EU, it can not come soon enough for Chairman of the Summit Donald Tusk and the block's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.
"This is the last call to put the cards on the table," Tusk told reporters, adding to growing demands for Britain to act swiftly to reach a deal by October of this year.
Barnier repeated the warning that "time is short".
"Now we are waiting for the UK White Paper, and I hope it contains workable and realistic proposals, but let me reiterate that the time is very short," he said.
The White Paper will set out Britain's vision for its future relations with the EU, which hindered attempts to settle a divorce agreement, notably through commitments on both sides to prevent a return to a hard border on the island of Ireland.
The lack of a proposal on how to maintain an almost invisible border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland has stalled Brexit talks and increased frustration among other leaders.
"It is clear that Europe will remain united on the Irish border issue," French President Emmanuel Macron said at a press conference, adding that London needed to clarify its future relations with Europe more quickly.
The Summit conclusions expressed the concerns of Heads of State and Government that no substantive progress had yet been made in agreeing on an emergency solution for Ireland / Northern Ireland.
Following a marathon dinner to forge a deal on a migration crisis, Maltas Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted the Brexit agreement: "Almost 9 hours to approve the conclusions of MigrationEU, not even a minute The EU can still work together. "
May again said on Friday that it was" ready to step up and speed up the pace of negotiations ", but only after it had warned EU leaders, Europe Checking security before Britain leaves its security architecture.
Security is seen by UK officials as one of the country's strongest cards in the talks, but another May commitment – leaving the case law of the European Court of Justice – has made continued cooperation difficult.
When asked if she took any security measures to divert attention from a lack of proposals for future trade, she told reporters, "No, the future security partnership with the European Union will be very important."
"At present, we enjoy a high level of cooperation with the EU Member States in a number of areas that are important to the security of our citizens, which is at stake and I want a strong and deep security partnership with our European partners Union. "
Additional coverage by Gabriela Baczynska and Richard Lough; Arrangement by Alison Williams and Catherine Evans