LEADING EU politicians reacted with dismay to the PM’s announcement, with Ireland angrily shutting down hopes of a backstop breakthrough.
EU Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt fumed: “Taking back control has never looked so sinister. As a fellow parliamentarian, my solidarity is with those fighting for their voices to be heard.”
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But EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he was “always ready to examine UK proposals”.
An EU diplomat said German leader Angela Merkel will be the key “as she’s the one who really wants a deal”.