May jets to Brussels seeking reassurances on Brexit

Dec 13, 2018, 5:17 AM EST
British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of confidence in her leadership of the ruling Conservative Party on Wednesday.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May, after surviving a vote of confidence in her leadership of the ruling Conservative Party, heads to Brexit talks in Brussels, seeking reassurances from the EU leaders, which can help her Brexit divorce deal win the backing of the House of Commons.

May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement, drawn after arduous negotiations with the bloc, has left the leaders red-faced across the political spectrum, with the “backstop” measures over Northern Ireland border being the most emotive issue, notes Reuters.

May’s hopes of extracting any last-minute changes in her Brexit deal suffered a setback on Thursday after the European Parliament's governing body reiterated its stand that the agreement is not open to renegotiation, writes Al Jazeera.

Analysts warn that Britain’s wish to revise Brexit deal could backfire and open Pandora’s Box, as disgruntled EU states, unhappy with the current shape of the agreement, begin demanding their own ways. 

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