UK PM May to travel to Brussels for meetings with EU's Barnier, Juncker

REUTERS
LONDON
Published 15.10.2017 23:38
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on October 11, 2017, on her way to the Houses of Parliament to speak at Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs). (AFP Photo)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on October 11, 2017, on her way to the Houses of Parliament to speak at Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs). (AFP Photo)

British Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Monday to meet with the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and head of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, May's office said on Sunday.

May will travel with Brexit minister David Davis for the meetings which her office said were a long-planned part of the prime minister's build up to a European Council summit on Thursday.

The summit is seen as a critical point in Britain's stalling efforts to negotiate an exit deal with the EU after Brussels said last week the latest round of negotiations had ended in deadlock over money.

EU leaders could hand May an olive branch at the summit by launching their own internal preparations for a transition to a new relationship with Britain.

May spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier on Sunday and the two agreed the need for continued constructive progress in the exit talks, an earlier statement from May's office said.

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