>> It is not open for renegotiation.>> A clear message from Brussels, we won't renegotiate the Brexit deal. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is coming back from an EU summit with little to show for her efforts. Opponents casting the trip as humiliation. After surviving a plot to oust her, she was here to seek political and legal assurances to try and convince Parliament to back her deal.
The bloc apparently unclear on what she wanted, and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker calling her pitch nebulous. On Friday, that led to this seemingly tense exchange, as leaders sat down for the morning session. Afterwards, May said the two had cleared the air. But she's still seeking the assurance she needs.
>> Well, first of all, I had a robust discussion with Jean-Claude Juncker. I think that's the sort of discussion you're able to have when you've developed a working relationship and you work well together. And what came out of that was his clarity that actually he'd been talking, when he used that particular phrase, he'd been talking about a general level of debate.
And indeed, I had further conversations with him through the morning.>> The EU leaders did offer reassurance on the so-called backstop that would keep Britain aligned with European rules while both sides figure out how to maintain an open border between Northern and Southern Ireland. The leaders said the mechanism would be strictly temporary, if needed at all, and that's about all May got
>> We will therefore defer the vote scheduled for tomorrow.>> Having delayed a vote on her Brexit deal and survived a vote of no confidence, she now faces stalemate. Some UK lawmakers seek a second referendum, while hardline Brexit supporters favor leaving without any deal. The new assurances from Brussels unlikely to help May win a new vote on her deal, due within five weeks.
On Friday, the EU leaders keep talking, but without the UK leader. She flies back to face her party. It's unlikely to be a happy homecoming.