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May to spend weekend in talks to break Brexit impasse

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Staff Writer | January 19, 2019
Prime Minister Theresa May was preparing to spend her weekend drumming up support domestically and internationally as she looked for a way to break the Brexit impasse.
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Britain   Prime Minister Theresa May
May was contacted at the end of the week by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council counterpart Donald Tusk as well as German chancellor, Angela Merkel and Dutch prime minister.

She told Rutte there would be no delay to the UK’s departure from the EU on March 29. He in turn said: "I don't see how the deal can be tweaked.”

“She is really expecting Brexit to go ahead on 29 March,” Rutte told his weekly news conference.

“It (a no-deal Brexit) will cause disruptions and we are trying to minimise those,” he said. “We need to look at the facts and prepare for all scenarios. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst … time is running out. 29 March is only 10 weeks away.”

A spokesman for Juncker said: “President Juncker spoke to prime minister May on the phone. It was an exchange of information on both sides. The two agreed to stay in touch.”

May will return to parliament on Monday to make a statement to MPs and lay a motion for a vote on 29 January.

The European Commission said on Friday that the UK would have to hold European elections in order to choose its representatives if Brexit is delayed beyond 2 July.