The European Council president Donald Tusk’s statement outside Downing Street after the Meeting with Theresa May today 26th Sept.
“I feel cautiously optimistic about the constructive and more realistic tone in the prime minister’s speech in Florence and of our discussion today.
This shows that the philosophy of having a cake and eating it, is finally at an end. At least I hope so. That’s good news.
But of course no-one will ever tell me that Brexit is a good thing because as I have always said, in fact, Brexit is only about damage control.
And I didn’t change my opinion. I feel now we will discuss our future relations with the UK once there is so-called sufficient progress.
The two sides are working and we will work hard at it. But if you ask me and if today member states ask me, I would say there is no sufficient progress yet. But we will work on it.”
In October, the European Council will meet to decide if there is sufficient progress, a condition stipulated by the EU as a requirement to discuss trade and future relationship with the UK.