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May, Juncker hold 'robust' Brexit meet, agree on new talks


BRUSSELS: Britain and the EU agreed Thursday to hold more talks to check out to keep away from a no-deal Brexit, after a "robust" meeting between Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission leader Jean-Claude Juncker.

A joint commentary issued after the talks in Brussels said Juncker had again warned that November's withdrawal agreement may not be renegotiated- after May came hoping to persuade Brussels to modify the so-called "backstop" clause for the Irish border.

But Juncker expressed only his "openness to add wording" to a parallel political declaration laying out ambitions for future EU-UK ties if London wants to seek a "more ambitious" closer relationship after Brexit.

After his personal talks with May, EU President Donald Tusk warned there was once "no breakthrough in sight", although the British leader said she had seen willingness from Brussels to find a deal.

"Prime Minister May did not offer any new concrete proposals on the way forward," an EU legitimate informed AFP after May's meeting with Tusk.

Talk has been growing that Britain will have to lengthen Brexit to offer enough time to get the essential legislation thru parliament, however May vowed once again to bring Britain out of the bloc on time table on March 29.

"I'm going to deliver Brexit, I'm going to deliver it on time. That's what I'm going to do for the British public. I'll be negotiating hard in the coming days to do just that," she said.

The EU legitimate said Tusk had asked May about the timeline for British officers and parliament to ratify and enforce a deal, however gained "no clear answers."

And Tusk also, the legitimate said, prompt to May that she study a Brexit plan laid out earlier within the day via British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, which "might be a promising way out of the impasse." May did not reply.

In a sharp reminder of the urgency of discovering a solution prior to Brexit day, Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned that Britain's financial system was once "not yet prepared" for a no-deal departure.

May said she had spelled out to Juncker and Tusk Britain's "clear position" that legally-binding adjustments are needed to the backstop to win round MPs worried it could be used to "trap" Britain within the bloc in opposition to its will.

Such adjustments weren't impending, however as a substitute she were given a fresh round of talks.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier will now meet British Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay in Strasbourg on Monday, however an EU legitimate described those as "exploratory talks," adding: "There is no mandate to negotiate."

May herself will meet Juncker again prior to the top of February, a fee spokesman said.

Expectations for Thursday's consult with were already modest when, an afternoon earlier, Tusk and Juncker torched May's potentialities of profitable adjustments to the withdrawal agreement.

Juncker informed newshounds May is aware of and accepts the Union will not reopen talks at the deal, whilst Tusk, who represents EU member governments as head of the European Council, brought about outrage across the Channel via damning pro-Brexit politicians for -- in his view -- recklessly failing to devise.

"I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely," Tusk said.

May said she had raised the incendiary remarks with Tusk, calling them "not helpful" and announcing they'd led to "widespread dismay" in Britain.

Ahead of the commute, Number 10 said that because the British parliament rejected the deal, May must search subject material adjustments to the accord or see it fail.

The impasse in Brussels has deepened fears that Britain may crash out of the EU without a deal on March 29, disrupting business and provides to manufacturing.

May has exasperated EU leaders via time and again coming to Brussels with out detailed proposals to solve the Brexit deadlock, and Tusk warned her he anticipated her to bring "a realistic suggestion on how to end the impasse".

Corbyn, the leader of the primary opposition Labour party, wrote to May on Thursday surroundings out his five prerequisites for backing her on Brexit -- together with the UK staying within the EU's customs union.

While his calls for might not be palatable to many in May's Conservative party- not least because of the deeply-entrenched tribalism of British politics- it suggests there is also room for manoeuvre, if not yet a transparent trail to a cross-party deal.


The EU legitimate informed AFP that Brussels has not had long to check Corbyn's plan, however that Tusk had beneficial May glance it over.


May could have dinner together with her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Friday.


Varadkar, whose government has stressed the significance of keeping up an open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit, said contemporary "instability in British politics" showed why a backstop was once very important.


Last month, the House of Commons overwhelmingly rejected the Brexit deal that May had negotiated with the EU after 18 months of painstaking diplomacy.


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