Weakened May meets EU leaders for Brexit help

Britain's weakened Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Thursday to lobby European leaders for help after she survived a parliamentary mutiny that highlighted the deadlock over Brexit.
British Prime Minister Theresa May arriving in Brussels yesterday for a European summit aimed at discussing the Brexit deal, the long-term budget and the single market. She had just survived a no-confidence vote prior to her trip. With her is Britain
British Prime Minister Theresa May arriving in Brussels yesterday for a European summit aimed at discussing the Brexit deal, the long-term budget and the single market. She had just survived a no-confidence vote prior to her trip. With her is Britain's Permanent Representative to the EU Tim Barrow (left).AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BRUSSELS • British Prime Minister Theresa May met her 27 European counterparts in Brussels yesterday to find a way to make her unpopular Brexit deal palatable to her Parliament, less than 24 hours after surviving a no-confidence vote of Tory lawmakers.

Mrs May won the backing of 200 Conservative lawmakers, but 117 voted to oust her - and only after she had conceded she would step down before 2022 elections.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said yesterday the EU was prepared to accommodate Mrs May to find an exit deal that would sit well with her Parliament. But, he said, no changes could be made to the deal agreed between Mrs May's government and the bloc, which includes a "backstop" to prevent a border across Ireland, which is opposed by many British legislators.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2018, with the headline 'Weakened May meets EU leaders for Brexit help'. Print Edition | Subscribe