Streeting – Tusk’s comments show Government’s Brexit policy is a joke

After meeting with Theresa May today, European Council President Donald Tusk said that the Government needs to make more progress in the Brexit negotiations by early December in order to move the talks on to the future relationship. 

In reply to an additional question about a speech made by Brexit Secretary David Davis yesterday, in which he called for the EU to make compromises and advised them not to put politics before prosperity, Mr Tusk replied: “I really appreciate Mr Davis' English sense of humour.” 

Commenting, Wes Streeting MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“It’s good to know that the comedy stylings of David Davis are appreciated in the EU, and perhaps it’s fitting that this Government’s Brexit policy has now been exposed for what it is: a joke.

“But as the clock continues ticking towards March 29th 2019, and with progress to the next stage of the Brexit negotiations at the Council summit in December still looking deeply uncertain, people in this country aren’t laughing. 

“The Brexit uncertainty affecting businesses, prices, wages and trade is starting to reach a critical point. People have every right to look again at this whole chaotic Brexit process and keep an open mind about our future relationship with Europe.”  

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Notes to Editors

The full Donald Tusk press conference can be viewed here.