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May takes Brexit battle to Brussels

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>> As Theresa May heads for her first post Brexit EU summit, a sense of what she's after.>> The vote on the 23rd of June was a vote to ensure that we had control of movement of people from the EU into the UK, but also we want to see the best possible access for businesses.
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>> That's the British Prime Minister's line for parliament on Wednesday. Thursday, it's the turn of her EU counterpart. The UK is yet to trigger its formal departure from the EU but Reuters Brussels Bureau Chief Alastair Macdonald says it won't be easy going. The other 27 leaders have reacted, broadly speaking, rather badly to her coming out a couple of weeks ago and laying out, to the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, what she said were her priorities.
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Priorities to cut immigration from the rest of Europe, to remove Britain from the control of the EU court system. Elements that the Continentals are saying has effectively pushed Britain towards what they call a hard Brexit.>> The 27 other EU leaders have hardened their rhetoric in recent weeks.
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May will get a chance to butter them up on Thursday, during after dinner coffee, she's set to address her EU counterparts, but there may be no more room for sweetness.>> There are two things that are clear in Brussels this week. One is the degree to which the other 27 are ready to put up a common united front to confront Britain and try to maintain unity in the European Union.
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And the second is still a deep, profound sense of confusion about what exactly Britain wants.>> Economic reform to be allies.>> In Brussels, May will be the UK's Brexit negotiator in chief, but so far she's made it her mission to keep everyone guessing.>> Country that truly works for