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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".

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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."

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