>> Theresa May, attending her first EU summit as UK Prime Minister on Thursday. And she was trying to sound reassuring.>> Good afternoon, this is my first European Council, and I'm here with a very clear message. The UK is leaving the EU, but we will continue to play a full role until we leave.
And we'll be a strong and dependable partner after we've left.>> It's a change of tone from recent speeches. In early October, she seemed to indicate that Britain was headed for a so-called hard Brexit, putting limits on immigration and leaving Europe's single market. But European leaders gathering for the Summit weren't easily convinced.
French President Francois Hollande, says Brexit talks will be hard. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, warning of a difficult path ahead. And the leaders were clear on Europe's red lines. No single market access without free movement of people. No negotiations before the Brexit process is formally triggered. A Downing Street source saying the message came across loud and clear.