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Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, left, along with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, arrive ahead of talks in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is actually to hold Brexit talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker next week, her office said on Saturday, following This particular week’s symbolic defeat in parliament which was widely interpreted as undermining her negotiating strength with the EU.
Her office did not give a date for the talks although said May planned to speak to the leader of every EU member state over the coming days.
On Monday, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay will meet EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the idea added in a statement.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, will make a speech setting out what modifications might be required to eliminate the legal risk of which Britain could be trapped in a Northern Irish backstop indefinitely.
May’s defeat in last Thursday’s symbolic vote undermined her pledge to EU leaders of which she could pass her deal with concessions primarily around the Irish backstop – a guarantee of which there can be no return of border controls between the British province of Northern Ireland along with EU-member Ireland.
The issue has become one of the main points of contention ahead of Britain’s planned departure coming from the EU next month after 45 years.
May’s office said she had written to her divided Conservative lawmakers urging them to overcome their differences over leaving the EU inside national interest.
“Our party can do what the idea has done so often inside past: move beyond what divides us along with come together behind what unites us; sacrifice if necessary our own personal preferences inside higher service of the national interest …,” she wrote.