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Theresa May receives frosty welcome at EU summit

Theresa May received an initially warm welcome at her first EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, but it didn't stay that way for long.

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, told reporters Mrs May was entering a "nest of doves" rather than "the lion's den".

Mr Tusk's welcome was in stark contrast to French President Francois Hollande's, who said: "If Theresa May wants a hard Brexit, then the negotiations will be hard".

Theresa May in show of unity with EU leaders

Theresa May with other EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday.

Theresa May posed for a photo in a show of unity with other EU leaders at her first EU summit on Thursday, despite having declared she had a "very clear message" for them that Britain will quit the bloc.

It came on a day when sterling fell against the dollar after the president of the European Council said EU leaders would not engage in Brexit negotiations.

Donald Tusk said he expected Mrs May to brief the other 27 leaders later, but ruled out negotiations until the prime minister formally launches the Brexit process, which she has said will happen by the end of March next year.

Child refugees met by UK 'shambles', says charity chief

Child refugees arriving in Britain have faced a "complete shambles" and "absolutely appalling" failures of care, the head of a leading children's charity has said.

Andy Elvin, from the Tact fostering and adoption charity, blamed Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd for the "chaos" over children from the Calais 'jungle' camp.

They had refused to allow officials to make plans for them which could have allowed the youngsters to be fast-tracked to their relatives or suitable foster families, he said.

"It’s a complete shambles, and it’s a completely avoidable shambles as well," he told ITV News.

"They come to the UK seeking sanctuary, and this is how we treat them. It's utterly shameful."


Theresa May: Rio stars an 'inspiration to us all'

Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated Team GB and ParalympicsGB on "one of the greatest sporting achievements in our history".

Ms May told the stars of Rio 2016 that they were "an inspiration to us all" recounting how both teams finished second in the medals' tables.

The MP for Maidenhead recounted how "time after time the nation came to a halt, as you wrote your names into the history books" and also praised those behind the scenes who helped to make the athletes' successes reality.

Ms May added that it was right a celebration was held in Manchester where "so many of the medals were made", adding "this has been a homecoming for heroes, because that is what you are".

The Prime Minister added that the legacy of the Games would encourage people into sports and see disabilities differently.

May: Victims of child sexual abuse deserve justice

The victims of child sexual abuse deserve justice from the public inquiry, the prime minister said.

The prime ministers comments come as the inquiry's head Professor Alexis Jay said a "new model" would be needed to investigate the historical child sexual abuse.

Theresa May said: "This is about people who suffered abuse as children who have never found justice... this inquiry is saying we are listening."

She added it is important that we find out why it was allowed to happen and learn from past mistakes.

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