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The Latest: Tusk says UK Brexit plan ‘won’t work’

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SALZBURG, Austria — The Latest on Brexit talks at the European Union summit (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

EU Council President Donald Tusk says that key parts of the British proposals to leave the European Union “will not work.”

Tusk said Thursday after a two-day summit partly centring on the British divorce talks with the EU that some of the suggestions fromPrime Minister Theresa May would undermine the union of the 27 remaining members.

May has been looking to keep trade in goods in the single market of the EU after Britain leaves but not for services. The EU has said that the single market cannot be cherry-picked like that.

He said of the so-called Chequers proposals that “the suggested framework for co-operation will not work, not least because it risks undermining the single market.”


12:30 p.m.

The European Union and Britain are walking a diplomatic tightrope as they attempt to thrash out a divorce deal in time for Britain’s departure from the bloc next March.

Arriving Thursday at a summit of EU leaders in the Austrian city of Salzburg, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte labeled the Brexit negotiations “a balancing act.”

Even though both sides remain far apart on shape of their future economic relationship and on the border between Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland, no one sought confrontation.

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged flexibility when addressing EU leaders at a dinner Thursday.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said May was “interesting” and “polite.”

Both sides have said they want a deal this autumn to allow parliaments to give their approvals in time.

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