All 27 European Union leaders believe current Brexit trade plan "will not work"

UK's May seeks more compromise from EU ahead of meeting

May's statement followed a fraught European Union summit in Salzburg, Austria, which dashed hopes of a breakthrough in stalled divorce talks with only six months to go until Britain leaves the bloc on March 29.

Orban, who has been sharply criticized over Hungary's violations of European standards of rule of law and democracy, created some attention for himself when he said on Wednesday that he and a group of other leaders were "getting a majority" for a deal with Britain.

A French presidency source also said: "It is not up to us to express a preference on what might happen in Britain".

But Tusk said that was now contingent on May reworking her Chequers plan by Ocotber. She will also have a face-to-face meeting with Varadkar. But Chequers was the only game in town, she told reporters.

May was hopeful she would find enough support in the room to force Barnier into compromise - at least amongst the likes of Hungary and Poland, whose governments are not on good terms with the European Union leadership.

"Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market", he said at the conclusion of the two-day meeting.

France's President Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference at the end of the EU Informal Summit of Heads of State or Government at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, on September 20, 2018.

Europe's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier this week indicated a shift in his position, saying any checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom could be away from the border. Failing to do so could disrupt the lives of people and business on both sides, and undermine Northern Ireland's hard-won peace.

Britain and its European Union partners have failed to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte labelled the Brexit negotiations "a balancing act" and the leaders will have further opportunities to thrash an agreement out when they meet again in Brussels on October 18 and again in mid-November.

But "unfortunately we can not at this stage exclude a no-deal - it depends on both sides of negotiations". "And actually if they stick with that position, there will be no deal", he said. "Our white paper remains the only serious and credible proposal on the table for achieving that objective", she said.

"For us this is the condition to continue this process in November", he said.

"I think most of us would welcome a situation where there is the possibility of the British people putting things into perspective, seeing what has been negotiated, seeing the options and then deciding once and for all".

Some leaders expressed deep frustration.

The Brexit-supporting tabloid Sun branded bloc leaders "EU dirty rats", accusing "Euro mobsters" Tusk and Macron of "ambushing" May.

Mr Macron went on to attack Brexit as a "choice of the British people pushed by those who predicted easy solutions". "Every day that is left we must use for talks", Tusk said.

"Ritual dance is always a part of such negotiations", a senior adviser to one of May's summit peers told Reuters. Both sides want to show a tough face.

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