The EU has said there is no basis for any further Brexit talks while the UK continues to insist on making changes to Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement.
EU negotiators told European diplomats that changes suggested by the new UK government, such as scrapping the Irish border backstop, were unacceptable.
But Downing Street is rejecting claims it wanted talks to fail to allow a no deal Brexit to be pushed through.
They said the EU “needed to change its stance”, as Mrs May’s deal will not pass through Parliament in its current form.
They added: “We will throw ourselves into the negotiations with the greatest energy and the spirit of friendship and we hope the EU will rethink its current refusal to make any changes to the withdrawal agreement.”
The plan negotiated between the EU and former Prime Minister Mrs May was voted down by MPs three times.
An EU negotiator told the meeting on Sunday: “With only a few weeks to go we are back where we were three years ago.”