Jeremy Corbyn says Labour government talks had 'disagreements'

Evarado Alatorre
May 18, 2019

May also plans to make a fourth attempt to get lawmakers' backing for Brexit terms by putting a withdrawal agreement bill to a vote during the week of June 3.

Mrs May has said she will step down before the next phase of Brexit negotiations.

A YouGov poll for the Times ahead of European elections on May 23 showed that the far smaller Liberal Democrats opposition have overtaken Labour while the Conservatives have been pushed into fifth place, with the newly-formed Brexit Party in first. Mr Corbyn said with a Tory leadership battle now weeks away he has no "confidence" in the "Government's ability to deliver any compromise agreement" and said later: "She is not going to be Prime Minister for much longer anyway".

Labour can not even agree within its own senior ranks what its position is on Brexit - it was never going to agree with the Government!

Nigel Evans, the joint secretary of the 1922 Committee of MPs, said Mrs May should abandon plans to discuss the timetable for her departure with Sir Graham Brady, the chairman, in early June and announce an immediate contest to replace her.

On Thursday, May agreed to set out a timetable for her departure early next month, raising the prospect that Britain will get a new prime minister before it leaves the EU. He has not been shy of voicing his disapproval for her Brexit deal, and is widely expected to throw some grenades into the debate.

The Brexit Party, which only registered with the Electoral Commission on February 5, galvanised the support of voters angry with the UK Government's failure to deliver the result of the 2016 European Union referendum by the original deadline of March 31.

May and Labour may try to agree on a process for parliamentary votes created to find a consensus, the BBC reported.

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"In particular there have been very challenging discussions in respect of the different positions of the two sides on customs and the holding of a second referendum".

No further discussions are planned with the Opposition, the spokesman confirmed.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said: "Jeremy Corbyn was never going to come to an agreement on this".

Blaenau Gwent Labour AM Alun Davies told the Senedd: "These chancers did not stand for election under any party label they are using today. Why would he help the Tory Party?"

Brexiteer former global development secretary Priti Patel tweeted: "Many of us did question the judgment of the Cabinet when they approved those talks".

Carolyn Fairbairn, the director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, made a direct appeal to the government: "Do whatever it takes, do it fast, find common ground and reach a solution". But six weeks of hard negotiations yielded little and Labour was increasingly concerned that a future Conservative leader wouldn't stand by any promises May made.

Mrs May never wanted the European elections to take place on May 23, having originally planned that the United Kingdom would be out of the EU by the end of March. Labour, the Lib Dems and SNP have voted against delivering Brexit again and again.

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