>> Theresa May comes bearing a gift. The British Prime Minister arriving at an EU summit, offering more assurances to EU citizens post-Brexit.>> Particularly, for example, want to see an urgency in reaching an agreement on citizens' rights.>> In an open letter, she's vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK.
But Reuters Brussels Bureau Chief Alastair Macdonald says it's unlikely to buy them much leeway.>> The other EU leaders will be pleased that Britain is moving forward. But this in itself is not going to change minds. It's certainly not gonna change minds about what they're going to say tomorrow, which is that there is not sufficient progress for them to open trade talks.
There is also in general a reluctant to allow this summit to be taken over by Brexit negotiations at the highest level. They will not respond in detail to Theresa May's statements at dinner tonight.>> May isn't invited to the whole summit. She's set to leave after a working breakfast Friday morning.
But her ears would be burning.>> Friday after Theresa May has left, the other 27 will sit around the table and they'll adopt a common statement on the progress of negotiations so far. This statement we'll say what we already know, which is that the European leaders are not satisfied with the progress made so far in talks.
And so, contrary to the wishes of London, which wanted to see the process of discussing what happens after Brexit, free trade and so on, discussed straight away. They're gonna say, no, back to the drawing board, come up with a better offer to London.>> Adding to the complexities, the EU is now dealing with a fresh bout of separatism.
Catalonia's independence bid leaving Spain with little time to think about Brexit. Theresa May, perhaps glad that for once the UK isn't top of the EU's crisis list.