September 20, 2018 / 2:14 PM / 8 months ago

May says UK preparing for no deal if no acceptable Brexit proposals agreed

SALZBURG, Austria, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Britain is preparing to leave the European Union without an agreement on the terms of its departure unless there is a proposal it deems acceptable, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday.

May said that she would only agree to a “backstop” proposal for the Irish border if it worked for the whole United Kingdom.

“If there is no agreement on a deal that is acceptable to the United Kingdom, then we’re preparing for no deal,” she said at a news conference after meeting EU leaders in Austria.

“I believe we can get a good deal. I believe there is a growing desire to sit down and ensure that we can achieve a deal.” (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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