Britain and the European Union (EU) have agreed to hold more talks to try to avoid a no-deal Brexit, after a “robust” meeting between Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

May headed back to Brussels on Thursday for the first face-to-face meeting since the British parliament voted down her divorce deal from the EU last month after 18 painstaking months of negotiations.

Talks that began with a cold handshake between May and Juncker ended with the EU’s firm refusal to reopen negotiations on the backstop protocol of the withdrawal agreement.

Barely 50 days before the United Kingdom (UK) is due to leave the EU on March 29, May and Juncker said in a joint statement that they would hold further talks by the end of February, ruling out the prospect of any significant breakthrough on Brexit before then.

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