“We can have a political discussion tonight, but the legal framework and the agreement that were negotiated are not supposed to change,” Macron said ahead of a European summit in Brussels. “It’s important to avoid any ambiguity: we cannot reopen a legal agreement, we can’t renegotiate what was negotiated for several months.”
May said yesterday that she did not expect to secure an immediate breakthrough in Brexit talks that would provide her fractured party with the kind of reassurances needed to get her deal through parliament.
The EU’s response as she arrived in Brussels for two days of talks with fellow EU leaders at a summit was bound to disappoint May, fresh from surviving a mutiny against her leadership within the Conservative party.
The other 27 national leaders were wary of giving Britain any legal assurances over the most contentious element of their tentative Brexit deal - the emergency fix for the Irish border - partly because they expected May would come back again to ask for more next month.