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Where is our rights guarantee, Britons living in EU ask May

Campaign group says omission of UK citizens from Downing Street speech was ‘disgraceful’

Campaigners for the rights of Britons in the EU have described Theresa May’s failure to mention them in her statement on the Brexit negotiations as “disgraceful” and called on the UK and the EU to both guarantee their entitlements after Britain leaves.

Speaking on Friday, the prime minister told EU citizens living in the UK that “even in the event of no deal, your rights will be protected”. Downing Street later confirmed “further details will follow” regarding this guarantee.

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We now need a people’s vote on Brexit. But don’t assume remain would win | Jonathan Freedland

Theresa May’s Salzburg humiliation and angry statement signalled the failure of Chequers. The biggest battle begins now

The hills were alive with the sound of humiliation. At Salzburg, Theresa May was hoping she’d hear if not sweet music, then at least enough warm words from European leaders to allow her to say her Chequers plan still lived. Instead, they told her it “would not work”. Stung by that, she took to the Downing Street podium on Friday to deliver an icy death stare in Brussels’ direction – and to demand that the EU treat Britain, and her, with “respect”. There was even a hint that talks could break down, if the EU did not explain its objections and come up with counter-proposals.

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Chequered history: what EU summit fallout means for Brexit camps

Here’s how critics may seek to capitalise on Theresa May’s humiliation in Salzburg

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Theresa May came out to defend her Brexit strategy on Friday, demanding respect from the EU as her allies insisted that her post-Brexit proposals were still workable even after their rejection by EU leaders at Thursday’s Salzburg summit. Meanwhile, her critics seek to capitalise: whether to push the prime minister to ditch her Chequers proposals, call for a new referendum or demand the UK walks from the talks.

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The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit: panic dressed up as statecraft | Editorial

There were ways in which the brutal dilemmas of Brexit could have been better navigated, but no government could have avoided them altogether

Theresa May’s humiliating rebuff by European Union leaders in Austria this week has many proximate causes and one common root: Brexit threatens the stability and integrity of the EU, while downgrading the UK’s diplomatic and economic standing in the world. No British prime minister taking on such a project can expect help from continental counterparts. Nor can they anticipate gratitude for their actions at home as the painful consequences emerge. Mrs May today tried to regain the initiative with a Downing Street statement. She reaffirmed familiar opinions. She rejected off-the-shelf models of association with the EU, the Norwegian and Canadian templates, on the grounds that the former retains too much Brussels jurisdiction, while the latter requires too tangible a border in Northern Ireland. She restated opposition to a second referendum, and trumpeted Britain’s readiness to embark on Brexit next year without any deal. To underline that point, she offered reassurance to EU citizens resident in the UK that their existing rights will be respected. For that to even need saying is testimony to the way ministers have allowed this process to be shrouded in confusion that in turn stokes alarm. This was panic dressed up as statecraft.

Meanwhile, the broader terms of the UK’s position recall the prime minister’s most notorious accidental catchphrase: “Nothing has changed.” Only now the tone is more defiant and, as a result, the temperature has risen. Mrs May is doubling down on her Chequers blueprint, and calculating that the EU side, perhaps regretting the Salzburg snub, will be more accommodating. That is not impossible. Work in Brussels was already moving slowly but not unproductively towards compromise behind the scenes. But Mrs May’s fundamental problem is located in domestic politics, not in Brussels, and cannot be dismissed with angry glares at the camera. It is this: all models of Brexit sit on a spectrum between wanton national self-harm and damage limitation. There is no painless path that might allow a government to fulfil the referendum mandate without severe cost. The moribund Chequers plan is no exception. Another prime minister might have navigated the brutal dilemmas of Brexit better, but no government could have avoided them altogether. A test for all parties during the present conference season is how honestly that fact can be addressed. For Labour the challenge is to evolve its Brexit position beyond tactical calibrations.

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Theresa May excels herself in another exercise in futility | John Crace

Nothing had changed, it was all the EU’s fault and she wanted respect. Has she any for herself?

Was this the moment Theresa May finally lost all touch with reality? The day the Maybot’s circuits overloaded and reverted to their factory settings. The day when history was rewritten in such a way as to make it virtually unrecognisable.

Shortly after midday rumours started to circulate that the prime minister was going to make a statement at 1.45pm. An important one. A lectern and flags job. The sense of panic was palpable. And not just inside No 10. Everyone felt it. The combination of the prime minister, a lectern and an unscheduled statement usually signifies turmoil for the country and disaster for her. A general election? A resignation? A visitation from Bono? Anything was possible.

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Brexit: ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ says Theresa May – video

UK prime minister has accused the European Union of not treating the UK with respect, in a hastily arranged Downing Street statement a day after she was humiliated at the Salzburg summit when EU leaders declared her Chequers plan would not work. She said she stood by Chequers and added that throughout the Brexit negotiations she had treated her counterparts with ‘nothing but respect’ and added: ‘The UK expects the same.’

Theresa May demands respect from EU in Brexit negotiations

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Theresa May demands respect from EU in Brexit negotiations

Prime minister gives combative speech after EU leaders’ rejection of Chequers plan

Theresa May has accused the European Union of not treating the UK with respect, in a hastily arranged Downing Street statement a day after she was humiliated at the Salzburg summit when EU leaders declared her Chequers plan would not work.

A combative prime minister said she stood by Chequers and added that throughout the Brexit negotiations she had treated her counterparts with “nothing but respect” and added: “The UK expects the same.”

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