A day after EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier rejected a key element of her Brexit plan and said that the UK could not collect EU tariffs under a future customs arrangement, Theresa May was in Austria today to discuss the plan with Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
According to the BBC, the chancellor has told May that it is “important to avoid a hard Brexit”.
Speaking at a brief joint press conference, Kurz added: “The Brexit decision is a decision we see very negatively. But, of course, it has been taken by the British people so now we have to find a way to deal with it, and from our point of view it is important to avoid a hard Brexit.”
May will also attend a music festival in Salzburg as a guest of Chancellor Kurz.
Meanwhile, May’s approval ratings have dipped to a record low, an exclusive poll for the Evening Standard has revealed. Less than one in three adults are satisfied with the job she is doing as Prime Minister.