Theresa Could’s hopes of getting EU leaders to assist her push her Brexit deal via parliament have been dealt a extreme blow as she prepares to return residence and face her get together.
The prime minister headed to Brussels for a winter summit with a promise to push for authorized assurances that the Irish backstop would solely be momentary.
She stated when she arrived: “I do not anticipate a direct breakthrough however what I do hope is that we are able to begin work as shortly as potential on the assurances which might be crucial.”
However after making a private tackle to EU27 leaders and taking questions from them in a day assembly, she was left with none pledge to offer new authorized assurances.
Sky Information understands she advised one plan – to not agree an finish date of the backstop, however a begin date of the hoped-for future relationship.
Hours later, a listing of 5 “conclusions” reached by the leaders with out her was printed at a dramatic midnight information convention.
The Telegraph reported one of many essential draft strains that was ultimately scrapped was: “The union stands prepared to look at whether or not any additional assurance might be supplied.”
It was changed by a name to “work on preparedness in any respect ranges for the results of the UK’s withdrawal to be intensified, taking into consideration all potential outcomes”.
The transfer is prone to spark recent revolt from Mrs Could’s backbenchers, given at the least 100 of them vowed to reject the deal in a vote scrapped on the final minute.
In remarks that may rile them additional, European Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker additionally declared: “We do not need the UK to suppose there might be any type of renegotiation by any means.”
He added it was “laborious” to grasp the “frame of mind” of Conservative MPs who’ve vowed to reject the deal.
Requested by Sky Information to clarify his feedback, Mr Juncker stated: “I want to invite them, in all respect, to learn the deal line by line.”
Mr Juncker additionally criticised Mrs Could’s lack of readability over what she was looking for from the long run relationship.
“Our UK associates have to say what they need, as an alternative of asking us to say what we would like,” he stated.
“So we wish inside a number of weeks our UK associates to set out their expectations for us as a result of this debate is usually nebulous and imprecise and I would really like clarifications.”
Mrs Could is because of return to the European Council on Friday for talks with EU leaders on migration, however be minimize out of the second half of their summit.
She’s going to then return residence to London, the place solely in the future in the past she survived a confidence vote known as by at the least 48 of her personal MPs.