PM asks Juncker for changes to Irish backstop as pair agree to meet again in February

Theresa May has told European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker she needed “legally-binding changes” to the Irish backstop if MPs were to back her Brexit deal, during a high-stakes meeting in Brussels that yielded no obvious breakthrough.

With only 37 days until the UK leaves the European Union, EU expectations were low when May arrived in Brussels. Shortly before meeting the prime minister, Juncker predicted there would be no breakthrough.

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