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As Brexit chaos deepens, Theresa May meets Taoiseach Varadkar in Brussels

Theresa May is set to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Brussels on Thursday morning hours after surviving a vote of no confidence.

A two-day summit is currently underway at the European Council in the Belgian capital between EU leaders.

The meeting was confirmed on Thursday morning by a spokesperson for the Irish government, and will take place at around 11.30am.

Following Wednesday's vote, the Prime Minister said she would seek legal assurances on the Irish backstop in a bid to secure support in parliament for the withdrawal agreement.

Leo Varadkar has categorically stated there will be no renegotiation of the backstop, adding the negotiating position of the UK is what created its necessity in the first place.

On Wednesday night the BBC reported that EU leaders are considering making a commitment to continue negotiating a trade deal with the UK even if the Irish backstop comes into force.

It was reported that the move aims to reassure the House of Commons that the backstop will be a temporary measure - although it would not be legally binding.

It is believed this would be the start of a two-stage reassurance process starting immediately, with officials working on more drafts to be published in January.

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