May insists on UK’s integrity in Brexit solution

Any solution to the Irish border issue must preserve the integrity of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Theresa May said in a defiant response to the EU-27 leaders’ rejection of her Brexit plan.

Both sides in the negotiations have to face the fact that there are “two big issues where we remain a long way apart,” May told a Downing Street press conference September 21. European Council President Donald Tusk declared on September 20, at the end of an informal summit in Salzburg, that the United Kingdom’s proposed framework for future economic cooperation “will not work, not least because it risks undermining the single market.”

Responding to May’s speech in a September 21 statement, Tusk said the EU-27 will “treat the Chequers plan as a step in the right direction.” Read more:

My news story for Worldwide Tax Daily, published by Tax Notes on September 22 (paywall)