EU offers clarity on Brexit, but no re-negotiation

European Council President Donald Tusk has said that the bloc is willing to help British Prime Minister Theresa May win the UK parliament’s approval of the Brexit deal after meeting with her this evening.

“Long and frank discussion with PM Theresa May ahead of Brexit summit. Clear that EU 27 wants to help. The question is how,” Mr Tusk tweeted before hosting all EU leaders for a two-day summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels.

Mrs May has said she was just at the start of discussions with European leaders, as she seeks reassurances that the backstop is only temporary, in a bid to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal.

Asked about a possible date for a rescheduled parliamentary vote, she said: “We’re just at the start of the negotiations and the start of the discussions.”

She twice declined to respond directly to questions over whether enough of her own Conservative MPs had submitted letters to trigger a no-confidence vote in her leadership.

It comes as the EU earlier said it is willing to give Britain further clarifications on its Brexit deal, but will not renegotiate the treaty or its protocol on the Irish border, according to bloc chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker.