Theresa May has embarked on a fresh round of Brexit diplomacy after emerging from a confidence vote of Tory MPs bloodied and bruised but victorious.
The British Prime Minister flew to Brussels where she will beg EU leaders for assurances on the temporary nature of backstop arrangements for the Irish border in the hope of securing MPs’ support for her Withdrawal Agreement.
Reports from the European Council summit suggested the leaders are considering a draft document stating the EU “stands ready to examine whether any further assurance can be provided” to the UK on the backstop.
Ahead of the formal opening of the two-day summit, Mrs May met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and was also due to speak with Council president Donald Tusk and Luxembourg’s PM Xavier Bettel.
It is understood she may also have a one-on-one meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.
After a day of drama in Westminster, the UK Prime Minister continued to face calls for her resignation from hardline Brexiteers including Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said her 200-117 victory indicated she had lost the confidence of a third of her MPs and more than half of backbenchers.
She still had to figure out a solution to the dilemma of how to convince the EU to tweak the Withdrawal Agreement so it will be passed by Parliament.
Mrs May was forced to pull a Commons motion endorsing the deal earlier this week after admitting she was facing a heavy defeat if she took it to a vote.