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May meets EU leaders for Brexit talks


UK Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet European leaders and EU officials for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal.

She will hold talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany’s Angela Merkel after postponing a House of Commons vote on the deal.

Mrs. May has said she needs “further assurances” about the Northern Ireland border plan to get backing from parliamentarians.

European Council President Donald Tusk insisted the EU would “not renegotiate” but said leaders would discuss how to help “facilitate UK ratification”.

UK’s Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said further talks with Brussels would focus on the Brexit “backstop” on the Irish border, which Mrs. May earlier admitted had caused MPs “widespread and deep concern”.

Mrs. May’s abrupt U-turn – after days of repeated insistence that the vote would go ahead – prompted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to secure a three-hour emergency debate on Tuesday.

No date has been set for the Brexit deal to be put before MPs, although Mrs. May indicated the final deadline for the vote was January 21.

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