Tusk holds out hope that Brexit can be reversed

GETTY- STOCK IMAGEThe UK will continue to bask in sunshine

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will try Thursday to convince European leaders she can still push through Brexit despite being badly weakened by an election bet that turned sour.

Tusk said that when British friends asked him if he could imagine a way for Britain to remain part of the bloc, he told them "that in fact the European Union was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve".

Whatever happens with interest rates and in the Brexit talks, credit ratings agency DBRS says uncertainty "is likely to adversely impact the economy and the fiscal accounts". But the gamble backfired spectacularly with her Conservative Party losing its majority, and now forced to negotiate with a small, right-wing North Irish party to ensure the government has majority support in the House of Commons on key issues.

He said: 'We're determined to get on with the job and deliver certainty as soon as possible.

The government, May said in the statement, is committed to working with lawmakers, regional officials and others "to build the widest possible consensus" on Brexit after the hard divorce talks with the European Union opened Monday in Brussels.

Tusk meanwhile insisted the remaining 27 members had a renewed sense of optimism about the bloc's future after years of crisis and mounting anti-EU sentiment culminating in the Brexit vote.

Responding to comments made by Mr Davis about European Union nationals coming to live and work in the United Kingdom, the SNP's Europe spokesman Stephen Gethins said: "It is shameful that instead of trying to offer any sort of reassurance for European Union nationals living and working in the United Kingdom, the Tories are content to use European Union nationals as bargaining chips in their Brexit negotiations".

The fate of an estimated 3 million Europeans living in Britain and about 1 million Britons living elsewhere in the EU was thrown into doubt by Britain's vote to leave the bloc past year.

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But Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel - who has strongly argued for European Union unity on Brexit - said Tusk should let it be.

"So who knows? You may say I am a dreamer but I'm not the only one", Tusk continued, quoting the often-invoked lyric from the late John Lennon's "Imagine".

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble both said last week that the "door was open" for Britain to remain in the EU.

The issue of citizens' rights is one of the main issues to be dealt with during the negotiations, together with the land borders between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as well as Gibraltar and Spain, plus immigration control and access to the European single market.

May is going to Brussels for her first European summit since losing her Parliament majority in the election earlier this month.

But it is not clear whether she will make any headway on the Brexit talks, which began in Brussels on Monday.

He said "we are witnessing the return of the European Union rather as a solution, not a problem".

Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and British Brexit Secretary David Davis on Tuesday agreed on the importance of guaranteeing the rights of all citizens after Brexit.

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