Another YEAR of Brexit? Fury over claims May 'will keep UK tied to the EU for 12 MORE months' - after bloc's leaders dismiss her compromise plea and DITCH crunch summit | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Another YEAR of Brexit? Fury over claims May 'will keep UK tied to the EU for 12 MORE months' - after bloc's leaders dismiss her compromise plea and DITCH crunch summit

Theresa May's desperate plea for EU leaders to show 'courage' to break the deadlock in Brexit talks fell flat tonight - amid claims she could keep Britain lashed to the bloc for another year to ease the Irish border standoff.

The PM was accused of having 'nothing new' to say after she urged counterparts to be 'creative' as negotiations threaten to collapse into disarray.

A summit pencilled in for next month to seal a divorce package has now been shelved, effectively ruling out any kind of resolution before December.

And to make matters worse Mrs May is facing a furious backlash from Brexiteers and the DUP after EU sources claimed the premier had said she was considering extending the mooted transition period for another year beyond the end of 2020.

The PM earlier dodged questions from journalists about the suggestion from Brussels that the timeline could be pushed back to smooth the Irish border issue, although aides insisted it was not something the UK side was actively pursuing.

The idea would face furious resistance from Eurosceptics, as it would mean longer subject to EU rules without any say in writing them - and paying into the bloc's coffers. It has already been roundly rejected by the DUP as a distraction tactic.

In a sign of the rising tensions with the clocks ticking down to exit day, Michel Barnier has warned that the two sides need 'much more time' to reach a divorce agreement.

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