London - British Prime Minister Theresa May's attempt to win assurances from the European Union on her Brexit deal was cast by opponents on Friday as a humiliating failure that did nothing to ease the parliamentary deadlock over Britain's departure from the bloc.
EU leaders all ruled out new legally binding accords to amend the package, though they assured her that it should not bind Britain forever to EU rules. One source said May had no solid answers on what she wanted when grilled by EU leaders.
May, having on Wednesday survived a plot in her party to oust her, asked for EU help at a summit in Brussels after admitting that the Brexit deal she had struck last month would be defeated in the British parliament.
"It seems that the prime minister has failed in her bid to deliver meaningful changes to her Brexit deal," the opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said.
"We cannot go on like this. The prime minister should reinstate the vote on her deal next week and let Parliament take back control," he said.