UK’s pre-summit push to ‘divide and rule EU 27’ impeded Brexit talks

Exclusive Senior sources say plan to boost PM with better outcome shelved over concerns about rewarding divisive tactics

The British government’s attempt to lobby individual EU leaders in the run-up to the recent crunch EU summit, where member states were to judge the progress of the negotiations, actively damaged Theresa May’s hopes of a better outcome, the Guardian has learned.

Meth 1aA secret plan had been drawn up under which the EU leaders would have made the surprise and highly symbolic move of stating in their conclusions on the day of the European council meeting that they would take into account Britain’s positions as they announced their intention to scope out their ideas on a post-Brexit transition period and…

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