Many who took part in the meetings were surprised by a near unanimous verdict in Britain that the prime minister had taken an orchestrated drubbing in the city of Mozart and the "Sound of Music"; but if European Union leaders did sound a touch sharp and careful to sound in tune with each other, that reflected a genuine reaction to comments and tactics from May and her ministers this week.
"Humiliation for May" read the front-page of The Times, while the pro-EU Guardian led with a similar headline: "May humiliated as European leaders tell her: your Brexit plan won't work". "A good relationship at the end of this process depends on it" and "at this late stage in the negotiations it's not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals", she said at her No. 10 Downing Street residence on Friday (Sept 21).
Davis, who quit the Cabinet in July in protest at Theresa May's Brexit negotiating strategy, called on European leaders not to "penalise" the United Kingdom and instead focus on securing a good trade agreement - adding a no-deal Brexit would cost 30,000 jobs in the German vehicle sector alone as exports to Britain would fall.
She also sought to reassure those living in Northern Ireland that her government would do everything to prevent a hard border with the Irish Republic. "What we're not going to do is be salami sliced throughout this negotiation in a typical style that the European Union engages in without movement on the other side".
'No deal is not my working assumption, ' said EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.
"I will not overturn the result of the referendum nor will I break up my country", May told broadcasters in Downing Street. She's facing increasing calls to dump her vision of what the future trading relationship should be, and speculation is rife that some in her party will try to oust her.
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'While both sides want a deal, we have to face up to the fact that - despite the progress we have made - there are two big issues where we remain a long way apart.
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Speaking to Andrew Castle he said: "She put on black as if she was at a bloody funeral". 'There's a lot of hard work to be done but I believe there is the willingness to do a deal. Until we do, we can not make progress.
"I actually think the Chequers proposal is not ideal but broadly represents the kind of compromising package that protects Britain's industrial base, that protects agriculture and represents a positive position to take into the negotiations", he said.
"As ever, these talks are showing themselves to be a frustrating and soul destroying game of chicken among a group of officials that agree that no deal is a bad outcome but are determined to drag them out in the hope of slightly better terms".
He also lashed out at the "liars" of Brexit - insisting Britain would lose out. She once again ruled out a second Brexit referendum.