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British PM May takes demand for Brexit renegotiation to Brussels

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Published on February 7, 2019 - Duration: 00:29s

British PM May takes demand for Brexit renegotiation to Brussels

A cool handshake for the cameras with Juncker did little to conceal the tension in Brussels, just 50 days before Britain could leave the European Union without measures in place to keep trade flowing freely.

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British PM May takes demand for Brexit renegotiation to Brussels

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NO REPORTER NARRATION European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed British Prime Minister Theresa May for talks on Thursday (February 7) where the UK leader will plead with EU leaders to change the Brexit divorce deal she negotiated last year.

A cool handshake for the cameras with Juncker did little to conceal the tension, just 50 days before Britain could leave the European Union without measures in place to keep trade flowing freely.

Neither spoke, with one reporter shouting to the retreating leaders: "Is this hell, prime minister?" EU summit chair Donald Tusk said on Wednesday that Brexit promoters deserved "a special place in hell" - a blunt display of frustration in Brussels that drew condemnation from many in Britain.

The London parliament, which rejected May's agreement by the biggest majority in modern British history, has voted to renegotiate the deal, replacing a provision that some fear could keep British-ruled Northern Ireland under EU rules indefinitely.

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