The discussion was robust, but constructive. Despite the challenges, the two leaders agreed that their teams should hold talks as to whether a way through can be found that would gain the broadest possible support in the UK Parliament and respect the guidelines agreed by the European Council.
The talks were handled in a spirit of working together to achieve the UK's orderly withdrawal from the EU, especially in the context of a shared determination to achieve a strong partnership for the future, given the global challenges the EU and the UK face together.
The prime minister described the context in the UK Parliament and the motivation behind last week's vote in the House of Commons seeking a legally-binding change to the terms of the backstop. She raised various options for dealing with these concerns in the context of the withdrawal agreement, in line with her commitments to Parliament.