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‘Go on, cancel Brexit’: Twitter is guessing what Macron, Merkel and May are talking about

The image circulating online shows Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel covering their mouths while speaking and the British PM Theresa May, standing in the middle, looks down.

world Updated: Oct 21, 2017 13:13 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron talk as they arrive in Brussels.(AFP Photo)

What are they talking about?

Twitter was abuzz with guesses about a hushed conversation between Britain Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the EU summit earlier this week in Brussels.

The image shows Macron and Merkel covering their mouths while speaking and the British PM standing in the middle and looking down. Many likened the unusual picture to a football huddle in which players discuss strategies and formations while others predicted the state of Brexit talks.

Some mocked May who is seen standing visibly silent between the other two European leaders. A user imagined the conversation like this:

“Merkel: Who is she?

Macron: I don’t know, I thought she came with you.”

Here’s a look at some of the reactions: 

Another photograph of Theresa May sitting alone in a room awaiting EU-Brexit talks was mocked on social media, with many calling it a “metaphor” for the embattled PM’s isolated position.

In the viral snap, May is seen alone at a large table decorated with four potted plants, apparently lost in her thoughts.

“I genuinely thought this was a stock image representing absolute loneliness. But no. It’s our Prime Minister in Brussels today,” a tweet read.

She was in fact waiting for European Council President Donald Tusk, with whom she was to hold talks to try to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations.

Theresa May takes a seat as she arrives for a bilateral meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. (AFP Photo)

Leaders of Britain and the 27 other European Union members agreed on Friday that much remains to be done in Brexit talks amid deep divisions about the terms of their breakup, particularly on how much London should pay in the divorce.

While EU President Donald Tusk said that “reports of a deadlock between the European Union and the United Kingdom have been exaggerated,” many other leaders were far less upbeat as the two-day summit in Brussels wrapped up.

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged her EU counterparts to bring new momentum to the talks, even as an interim goal was missed to widen the talks from the more immediate divorce issues to future EU-UK relations and trade arrangements after Britain leaves on March 29, 2019.

The aim is now to widen the talks in mid-December, but doubt remains over whether that deadline can be met.

“I am ambitious and positive for Britain’s future and for these negotiations. But I know we still have some way to go,” May said, after informal breakfast talks with the other leaders.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 13:13 IST