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The EU has dealt a major blow to Theresa May‘s bid to get her Brexit deal over the line by confirming “no further meetings are foreseen” with the UK.

A spokeswoman for European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the leaders of the remaining 27 countries “have been very clear” that what is on the table “will not be renegotiated”.

Mrs May is trying to get concessions on plans for the Northern Irish backstop in the hope it will convince MPs to vote her deal through Parliament later this month.

At a press conference in Brussels this morning, Mina Andreeva, deputy chief spokeswoman for the European Commission, was asked what talks will be held before the Commons has its say on the deal on the week of January 14.

She said: “No further meetings are foreseen between the commission’s negotiators and the UK negotiators as the negotiations have indeed been concluded.”

“We have said many times the deal that is on the table is the best and only deal possible… the EU27 leaders confirmed on December 13 in their conclusions that it will not be renegotiated,” she added.


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