Britain’s May arrives for Brexit talks with EU’s Juncker
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived at the European Commission before dawn on Friday (December 8) to meet the European Union’s chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker as the two sides seek to clinch a deal to open talks on post-Brexit trade.
May arrived with Brexit Secretary David Davis a few minutes before 0600 GMT and was expected to give a news conference half an hour to an hour after the meeting, the commission said.
A carefully choreographed attempt to showcase the progress of Brexit talks collapsed at the last minute on Monday when the Northern Irish party that props up May’s government vetoed a draft deal already agreed with the government in Dublin.
Since then, May has been scrambling to clinch a deal on the new UK-EU land border in Ireland that is acceptable to the European Union, Dublin, her own lawmakers and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which keeps her government in power.