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