Theresa May dashes hopes of ‘breakthrough’ to solve Brexit crisis ahead of crunch EU talks

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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on December 13, 2018 in Brussels for a European Summit aimed at discussing the Brexit deal, the long-term budget and the single market. John Thys / Pool via Reuters

BUSINESS INSIDER|AIWA! NO!|Theresa May has dampened the prospect of an imminent progress in Brexit talks with EU negotiators.The prime minister told reporters at Thursday’s EU summit that she is not expecting an “immediate breakthrough” at the meeting, where she will try to convince the 27 other leaders to make concessions.

Several EU leaders have already indicated that they are not willing to offer May significant further concessions in talks. Theresa May has moved to dampen expectations of a breakthrough in talks as she arrived in Brussels seeking Brexit concessions from EU leaders. The prime minister told reporters on the doorstep of the summit that she is not expecting an “immediate breakthrough” at the meeting, where she will try to convince the 27 other leaders to make concessions.

Ms May promised her mutinous MPs that she will try and get legally binding assurances on the controversial Northern Ireland backstop, but the EU has said the withdrawal agreement is not up for renegotiation.

The PM at Thursday lunchtime also declined to name a date for her departure, having pledged to her MPs last night that she would step down before the next election in 2022.

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