Theresa May to dine in Brussels with Jean Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier to break the Brexit deadlock ahead of the EU summit

THERESA May will dine in Brussels on Monday with European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker and his chief negotiator Michel Barnier in a bid to break Brexit deadlock ahead of this week's crucial EU summit.

No10 sources said last night the unusual move – which has raised eyebrows – was long planned.

 Prime ministers typically only travel to meet heads of state

But prime ministers usually only travel to meet heads of state.

It followed a tense phone call yesterday afternoon with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mrs May was bidding to try and break the current impasse after Germany and France took a harder line than other countries and rejected proposed transitional arrangements.

Paris and Berlin want Britain's divorce bill settled before they move onto a transitional deal and trade talks.

 No10 sources said that the dinner was planned in advance
 Mrs May will meet with Jean Claude Juncker and his chief negotiator in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock
Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4691540/theresa-may-jean-claude-juncker-michel-barnier-brussels-brexit/

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