Comments by UK PM spokesman, James Slack

  • Says talks with EU on Brexit won't be easy
  • Backstop issue needs to be resolved to address concerns for all lawmakers
  • Says May will update Juncker on Brexit discussions and the way forward this week
  • Parliament was clear it won't back a second referendum

It's pretty amazing how it looks like we're walking down the same path before the proposed meaningful vote in December took place. Either way, May's meeting with Juncker on Thursday is likely to not yield anything significant as European lawmakers remain adamant that the backstop must be present and they won't reopen the withdrawal agreement.

Both parties certainly know that, so we still have to continue waiting on the next steps while they continue to play out the rest of the show.