EU FIGHTBACK: Brussels savages May for ‘SCAPEGOATING‘ as she prepares for EU attack speech

Frustrated EU diplomats and officials have voiced their concerns over the Prime Minister wasting time with just 21 days until Brexit. Mrs May is today due to give a speech in Leave-voting Grimsby. The Prime Minister will insist the government remains determined to secure legal changes to her exit agreement that will make it acceptable to MPs.

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But she will tell Brussels it must play its part in resolving the deadlock.

In a speech to workers, Mrs May will say: “Just as MPs will face a big choice next week, the EU has to make a choice too.

“We are both participants in this process.

“It is in the European interest for the UK to leave with a deal.

Theresa May infuriates Brussels with anti-EU speech in Grimsby (Image: GETTY)

“We are working with them but the decisions that the European Union makes over the next few days will have a big impact on the outcome of the vote.”

But this has done little to ease the nerves of Brussels after a week of “hard fought” negotiations to reach a Brexit compromise ahead of Tuesday’s “meaningful vote”.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who is leading an effort to secure legally binding assurances that the Irish backstop is temporary, has called off plans to continue talks in the Belgian capital today.

EU officials will refuse to take the blame for his failure to discuss a compromise that doesn’t “go beyond what Michel Barnier is allowed to do”.

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One source said: “We are confident we have done everything possible to get the deal across the line before it is voted down by MPs.”

Brussels has virtually written off Tuesday‘s “meaningful vote” and expect another to put before MPs ahead of March 29, the source added.

An irked EU diplomat said: “If she has a message for the EU, why did she go to Grimsby?

“I wonder whether for the Prime Minister this makes her fellow leaders more willing to help her, again.

“There is not much time left before the the UK leaves without a deal. She must feel this speech helps her to get a majority, otherwise I don’t understand why she gave this speech.

“The Prime Minister is right: these are days of momentous decisions. So I am not entirely sure they are best spent finding scapegoats.”

Negotiators are preparing to work through the weekend in a frantic scramble to find a way to tackle concerns about the backstop to prevent a hard Irish border.

But without politicians involved, these will Be seemed “technical-level” talks and will require Mrs May’s seal of approval.

Mrs May could head over as late as Monday morning in the dash to find a breakthrough.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is “available 24/7” to meet the Prime Minister, according to the eurocrat’s spokesman.

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