Theresa May gives speech following EU meetings

Theresa May gives speech following EU meetings

Theresa May has been visiting European leaders to try and resolve problems MPs have with the Brexit deal, saying that they need more assurances on the proposed backstop before passing it through parliament.

Theresa May said on Friday it was still possible to get further clarification from the European Union on the Brexit deal to help her win parliamentary approval for it.

"My discussions with colleagues today have shown that further clarification and discussion, following the Council's conclusions is, in fact, possible," she told reporters in Brussels.

The Prime Minister said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had clarified during an animated conversation on Friday that he had not called her "nebulous".

May had earlier been filmed on an official video remonstrating with Juncker at an EU summit in Brussels where she appeared to be accusing him of labelling her nebulous, a term he used on Thursday to describe the debate around Brexit.

"I had a robust discussion with Jean-Claude Juncker," she told reporters. "I think that's the sort of discussion you're able to have when you have developed a working relationship and you work well together.

"And what came out of that was his clarity that he had been talking, when he used that particular phrase, ... about a general level of debate."

She added that Brexit talks were always going to get tougher towards the end of negotiations. 

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