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Theresa May, EU chief call latest Brexit talks ‘constructive’

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 11:56 AM
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BRUSSELS (AP) — After the resignations of three of her party’s lawmakers over Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May came away from more talks on preventing the U.K. from crashing out of the European Union with both she and the EU’s chief deeming their meeting “constructive” Wednesday.

No breakthrough was announced from the dinner meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels between May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

But a joint communique from the two promised their respective negotiating teams “would continue to explore the options in a positive spirit.”

Since Juncker had said ahead of time he expected little to come from the meeting, their second this month, the characterisation of it turning out to be constructive could be considered a decent outcome.

“We’ve made progress,” said May.

She and Juncker agreed to have another meeting before the end of the month.

It could come as soon as an EU-Arab League summit in Egypt starting Sunday.

She and Juncker agreed to have another meeting before the end of the month. It could come as soon as an EU-Arab League summit in Egypt starting Sunday.

May has been trying to persuade the EU to revise the draft agreement on Britain’s withdrawal because lawmakers in Parliament have refused to approve it.

But the EU has steadfastly refused to reopen the 585-page legal text. The statement from Juncker and May said they discussed possible “alternative arrangements” and changes to an accompanying political declaration as potential options.

Brexit is currently set to take place on March 29.

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