Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, has reacted to news that the Cabinet has reached agreement on Brexit by suggesting that the plans are “pure illusion”. Replying to a journalist’s question Tusk said that based on the reports of the Cabinet’s meeting he added that there was no chance of “cherry picking” its future relationship with the EU.
“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”.
“From the very start it has been a set principle of the EU27 that there cannot be any cherrypicking of single market à la carte. This will continue to be a key principle, I have no doubt”.
A meeting of the British inner Cabinet to discuss the Brexit situation has been reported in the media by attendees to have reached a decision on “managed divergence”.