EU view of Tory leadership candidates deeply c…

EU view of Tory leadership candidates deeply critical, say sources:

“More governments are coming round to the tough position of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who argued against a long extension on the grounds that Brexit would become a damaging and distracting burden for the EU.

Donald Tusk, the European council president, helped persuade member states to back a longer extension, which he urged the UK not to waste. “We were definitely on the other side of Macron,” the diplomat
recalled. “Now I think Macron was right. We were wrong. Tusk was wrong.”…

Asked about the Tory contest last month, Tusk said there was “nothing promising” in “the state of affairs in London”. Many in the EU would support an extension for what is known in
Brussels as “a democratic event”, meaning a general election or a second

“He stresses the Brexit conundrum is not down to an individual Tory
leader. “It is a question of the political system of the UK being unable
to answer to such a unique event in the life of the nation.”

Lamberts warns that nothing will change for May’s successor, as the
EU will refuse to reopen the withdrawal agreement, including the Irish
backstop. “Anyone who steps into Downing Street will face exactly the
same constraints. Saying you want to renegotiate this agreement is nice
and well, but it won’t happen,” he said.“