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May preps for post-Brexit Brussels talks

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>> Theresa May could be the most unpopular person in the room. The British Prime Minister heading to Brussels for her first post Brexit EU Summit. The UK's yet to trigger its formal departure from the EU. But Reuters Brussels bureau chief, Alastair Macdonald, says it won't be easy going.
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>> 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 at what she said were her priorities. Priorities to cut immigration from the rest of Europe, to remove Britain from the control of the EU court system.
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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. May will get a chance to butter them up on Thursday. During after-dinner coffee, she's said to address her EU counterparts, but there may be no more room for sweeteners.
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>> 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. And the second is still a deep, profound sense of confusion about what exactly Britain wants.
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>> 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,