'Take responsibility' - Germany gets tough with May

PUBLISHED: 10:31 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:31 16 October 2018

Prime minister Theresa May has been told to 'take responsibility' by the German Europe minister
Photo: PA / Stefan Rousseau

Prime minister Theresa May has been told to 'take responsibility' by the German Europe minister Photo: PA / Stefan Rousseau

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Germany has demanded Theresa May "take responsibility" in a sign the economic superpower is losing patience over Brexit.

Ahead of a key EU summit and with Brexit talks deadlocked, Germany’s Europe minister Michael Roth said his message to May was: “Take responsibility and be constructive.”

Roth was speaking as he arrived for a meeting of the EU general affairs council on the eve of the EU heads of government summit.

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The comments came as May desperately tried to keep her own cabinet together. The so-called ‘Pizza Plotters’ – eight cabinet members who met to eat takeaway while discussing whether they should resign over May’s Brexit plan – have so far decided to remain loyal.

Asked about the prospects of a no-deal Brexit while arriving at the affairs council, Belgium’s foreign minister Didier Reynders said: “A couple of months ago when I was meeting Jeremy Hunt I said that it’s 50/50.

“I still believe it’s 50/50, and there is a need for some good compromise that should be made.

“I understand the British government has its difficulties, but I also believe that the EU is united at 27, and this is in our interest to preserve union first.

“What is going to be the outcome I don’t know. But, I also believe that even if in this week’s debate we are not going to have any kind of deal, there is still time, there is still possibility to get a deal.”

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