UK ‘has lost idea of hav­ing Brexit cake and eat­ing it’

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THE UK has aban­doned the idea of hav­ing its Brexit “cake and eat­ing it”, Euro­pean Coun­cil pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk said yes­ter­day.

Mr Tusk made the com­ments as he left Down­ing Street talks with Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

He told re­porters: “I feel cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about the con­struc­tive and more re­al­is­tic tone in the Prime Min­is­ter’s speech in Florence and of our dis­cus­sion to­day.

“This shows that the phi­los­o­phy of hav­ing a cake and eat­ing it, is fi­nally at an end... at least I hope so. That’s good news.”

The ref­er­ence was a clear swipe at For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son who claimed Bri­tain could have its cake and eat it over Brexit.

Mr Tusk said that not enough progress had yet been made in the Brexit di­vorce talks to move on to trade ne­go­ti­a­tions.

De­scrib­ing Brexit as an ex­er­cise in “dam­age con­trol”, he said: “I feel now we will dis­cuss our fu­ture re­la­tions with the UK once there is so-called suf­fi­cient progress.

“The two sides are work­ing and we will work hard at it.

“But if you ask me, and if to­day mem­ber states ask me, I would say there is no suf­fi­cient progress yet. But we will work.”

The PM stressed the need for a “good eco­nomic and se­cu­rity part­ner­ship” be­tween the UK and EU af­ter with­drawal.

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