Theresa May demands 'respect' from European Union after Brexit humiliation

Prime Minister Theresa May's "humiliation" at the hands of European Union leaders who rejected her Brexit plans dominated Britain's front pages Friday, although eurosceptic publications accused her tormenters of mafia-style behaviour.

European Council President Donald Tusk openly mocked her on social media.

Yet British politicians and diplomats were taken aback by Tusk's blunt dismissal of the Chequers plan on Thursday - and by his light-hearted Instagram post showing Tusk and May looking at a dessert tray and the words: "A piece of cake, perhaps?"

Summit meeting: (left-right) Leo Varadkar, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and and Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas.

At a summit in Austria on Thursday, EU leaders said they would push for a Brexit deal next month but rejected May's "Chequers" plan, saying she need to give ground on trade and arrangements for the United Kingdom border with Ireland.

"With Brexit, and I say it with the utmost respect for the British people, we have demonstrated that those who said they could do easily without Europe, that everything is going to be alright, are liars".

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But just minutes after he spoke, May insisted that her Brexit plan is the "only serious and credible" proposal on the table.

MPs from all sides of the Brexit divide are ganging up on the embattled prime minister and her corpse Brexit plan. Enough. It's time to say no to Chequers, no to further compromises, and, if necessary, no to any kind of deal that falls short of Brexit. Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's Brexit spokesperson, urged May to ditch her "her reckless red lines".

After a dinner of Wiener schnitzel in Salzburg, EU leaders said they would push for a Brexit deal next month but rejected May's proposal.

A senior European Union source told Business Insider as early as June that May's suggestions would not fly.

Mrs May said she is working towards an October date but privately the embattled prime minister told Mr Varadkar she did not think she could have proposals on the backstop ready for October.

Clearly, May's advisors - who she relies upon heavily for intelligence and guidance - had misread the mood.

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Her trip to Salzburg did not help her.

"Your Brexit's broken", the Daily Mirror newspaper said. That didn't go down well.

And Mrs May caused frustration among her tired audience by effectively reading out the Die Welt article. "The article they had all already read".

'That is not the way to command a exhausted group of leaders who are all bit sick of each other, ' one diplomat told The Times.

Mrs May has indicated that she will come forward "shortly" with new proposals on the thorny issue of the Irish border, which has emerged as the main obstacle to progress.

Macron and other European leaders raised the article over the dinner, according to The Times and other reports.

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Rejecting Mrs May's plan, he said: "The suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work".

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