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ITV News

British Cabinet minister’s plans for the next stage of Brexit appear to be based on “pure illusion”, Donald Tusk has said.

The European Council president’s comments follow the much touted “war Cabinet” meeting of ministers at Chequers, the PM’s official country residence, where Theresa May’s inner circle gathered to agree the UK’s Brexit agenda.

The prime minister’s official spokesman characterised the supposedly historic eight-hour meeting as “very positive … and a step forward”.

A key outcome of the meeting was the decision to pursue a policy putting Britain outside a customs union with the EU, but matching Brussels rules in certain sectors in an attempt to achieve “frictionless” trade.


European Council President Donald Tusk has rejected Theresa May’s Brexit plans as “pure illusion”, ruling out the vision the prime minister fought hard to unite her divided Cabinet behind in Chequers.

He dismissed the flagship idea of “managed divergence” from EU law after Brexit, which is also known as the “three baskets” plan, as proof that the British still wanted, as Boris Johnson once said, to have their cake and eat it too.


Theresa May’s plan for a post-Brexit trade deal has been immediately written off by the EU as “pure illusion” less than 24 hours after she convinced her ministers to back it at a special lock-in session of Cabinet intended to sort out the UK’s trade stance once and for all.

Speaking after an informal summit of EU27 leaders in Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk said Britain still did not understand that it could not ‘have its cake and eat it’, warning that the EU would push ahead with its own plans if the UK did not produce something substantial.


Theresa May’s reported agreement with her cabinet on a future trading relationship with the EU has been criticised as based on “pure illusion” by the European council president, Donald Tusk, as frustration with the UK erupted in Brussels.

Reports that May’s inner cabinet had agreed on a policy of “managed divergence” during eight hours of talks at an awayday in Chequers were met with incredulity by EU leaders.

Tusk told reporters on Friday: “I am glad the UK government seems to be moving towards a more detailed position.

However, if the media reports are correct, I am afraid the UK position today is based on pure illusion. It looks like the cake [and eat it] philosophy is still alive.

Sky News

The president of the European Council has delivered a scathing assessment of the UK’s Brexit position less than 24 hours after Theresa May appeared to have secured an agreement among her divided Cabinet.

In comments which appear to make no attempt at diplomacy, Donald Tusk said the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan “is based on pure illusion”.


Theresa May is set to lay out her vision for the future relationship with the EU next Friday where she is expected to say she wants “ambitious managed economic divergence” from the Brussels bloc after Britain leaves.

It means that an attempt by the Treasury to keep Britain tied to EU rules has failed after senior ministers thrashed out the government’s vision in an eight hour summit at the Prime Minister’ official country residence Chequers.

The Cabinet Brexit sub-committee agreed on a policy which will see Britain matching EU rules in certain industries while having “the right to choose to diverge” from them in others, health secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed.