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Bruised UK leader seeks Brexit help from Brussels

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Bruised UK leader seeks Brexit help from Brussels

Bruised UK leader seeks Brexit help from Brussels

Britain's weakened Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Thursday to lobby European leaders for help after she survived a parliamentary mutiny that highlighted the deadlock over Brexit.

Lauren Anthony reports.

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Bruised UK leader seeks Brexit help from Brussels

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May is in Brussels to meet EU leaders, just hours after surviving an attack to her leadership from within her own party.

200 Conservative lawmakers backed her in the secret vote, but 117 dissented - angry at the terms of her Brexit deal.

The mutiny by more than a third of her lawmakers means there is little room to celebrate - as a divided parliament heads towards deadlock.

SOUNDBITE (English) UK PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "I've also heard loud and clear the concerns of those who didn't feel able to support me and I know the concerns there are in the House of Commons about this issue of the backstop and that they do not want it to be permanent.

And what I'll be talking to European leaders about here today is about what I think is, we need to get this deal over the line." On Thursday, May will ask European Union leaders for help to break the impasse.

The bloc says they might consider reassurances over the highly contested Irish backstop issue, according to a draft document seen by Reuters - but they stand defiant - saying they are done negotiating, and that the terms of the deal won't change.

May delayed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal on Monday - as it became increasingly clear that she would lose.

The delay bides the prime minister some time but if she can't win over her EU counterparts - her efforts will likely stagnate further.

May could still be ousted as leader - though she has conceeded that she will quit the role before the next general election.

With Brexit D-Day just a few months away, the political stalemate leaves the UK's post-exit status hanging in the balance.




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