EU to 'prepare for next stage of Brexit negotiations'

British prime minister Theresa May is set to give a statement from a two-day EU summit in Brussels, where Brexit is high on the agenda.

You can watch her press conference in the live player, above. It was expected at 11am CET, but has been delayed.

It comes after May appealed to European Union leaders to help her silence critics at home by signalling a willingness to break the deadlock in Brexit talks.

Barring a surprise and despite May’s plea over a summit dinner in Brussels late on Thursday, the EU will reject British demands for an immediate opening of post-Brexit trade negotiations on Friday, instead setting a target of December for London to improve its offer on a divorce settlement.

But the leaders of the other 27 members will make a gesture towards accelerating the process by launching their own preparations for a transition period that May has asked for after Brexit to try to ease concerns among businesses.
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