November 23, 2017 / 1:10 PM / a year ago

May to meet EU's Juncker, Barnier Dec. 4, EU confirms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels on Monday, Dec. 4, the EU executive confirmed on Thursday.

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker take part in an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

EU officials hope that May will make new offers to unblock negotiations on a treaty on Britain’s 2019 withdrawal from the Union. They say any British move needs to come by around Dec. 4 if leaders meeting at a Dec. 14-15 are to be able to endorse a move to a new phase of talks, to include future trade relations.

On Friday, May will meet European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels as part of what EU officials describe as a bid to agree the “choreography” of a deal in December.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the European Commission headquarters after a meeting with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, Belgium October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir - UP1EDAG1HHO1F

Confirming the Juncker-May meeting, the Commission’s chief spokesman told reporters they would discuss Brexit but declined to comment further on the state of negotiations. “Everyone is talking to everyone, already, at all levels,” he said.

No comment was immediately available from May’s office.

Envoys from the 27 other member states agreed on Wednesday to delay by a week until Wednesday, Dec. 6, a meeting to prepare the drafts of the summit conclusions, diplomats said.

Those conclusions will determine whether leaders agree that Britain has made “sufficient progress” toward agreeing divorce terms for the summit to approve new talks on a post-Brexit relationship.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Gareth Jones

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