December 11, 2018 / 11:51 AM / a year ago

Dutch PM calls meeting with May "useful"

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte pose for photographers at the start of a meeting in the Hague, the Netherlands December 11, 2018. Peter Dejong/Pool via REUTERS

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte described a meeting with Theresa May on Tuesday as “useful”, a day after the British premier threw Brexit plans into doubt by postponing a parliamentary vote on a deal with the EU.

“This morning I received PM Theresa May in The Hague for a breakfast meeting in preparation for the European Council later this week. A useful dialogue which saw us discuss the latest Brexit developments,” Rutte said on Twitter.

He and May will attend a regular EU summit on Thursday and Friday. May was due to travel on to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then meet the heads of the main EU institutions in Brussels as she seeks movement from the bloc in order to persuade more British lawmakers to support her plan.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald in Brussels

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