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Theresa May is heading to Brussels for crunch Brexit talks insisting that the UK must not be ‘trapped’ in a backstop deal.

The Prime Minister is meeting EU leaders on Thursday in the wake of the latest war of words between the two sides.

The spat was triggered by European Council president Donald Tusk saying there was a ‘special place in hell’ for those who pushed for Brexit without a plan.

Things could be tense in Brussels today as Theresa May faces EU leaders amid a war of words (Picture: PA) Mrs May’s latest diplomatic offensive comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to the PM setting out five demands, including joining a customs union, that would need to be met for Labour to back the Government on Brexit.

The PM will use the top level Brussels talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Tusk and other prominent EU figures to press for legally binding guarantees on the Northern Ireland backstop.

Homeless man woke up to rat gnawing his face near to spot where another rough sleeper died At present the backstop, which is intended to prevent the return of a hard border in Ireland, would see the UK continue to obey EU customs rules after a transition period if no wider trade deal had been reached.

Downing Street said that Mrs May is ‘open to different ways’ of achieving her objectives on the backstop. The PM will use the meetings to state that Parliament has sent ‘an unequivocal message that change is required’.