Friday, 17 May 2019

Prime Minister's talks with Labour ended after 42 days with no breakthrough

The Brexit deal between the Tories and Labour is dead with both sides blaming each other for their failure to find an agreement to take Britain out of the EU.

Jeremy Corbyn has sent a letter to the Prime Minister where he said they have 'gone as far as they can' after 42 days of talks due to 'the increasing weakness and instability' of her premiership.

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: 'She is not going to be Prime Minister for much longer anyway'.

His decision to pull the plug has sparked a war of words between the party leaders.
Blaming Labour for the failure to get a deal Theresa May, who is out campaigning for the EU elections in Bristol today, said: 'We have not been able to overcome the fact that there is not a common position in Labour about whether they want to deliver Brexit or hold a second referendum, which could reverse it.'

A No 10 source also said Labour's chief negotiator Sir Keir Starmer's demand for another public vote on leaving the EU was the biggest sticking point in the talks.

Reacting to the news Brexiteer Tory MP Simon Clarke said: 'Thank God. They ought never to have happened.'

With less than a week to go until polling day Mrs May launched the Tory EU election campaign in a near-empty room in Bristol today - and appeared to fluff her lines when promising to leave the EU.

She blasted Nigel Farage before an extraordinary moment  when she began to say the Conservatives 'will' deliver Brexit - but stumbled and stopped herself - and then said 'can' instead - as her despairing MEP candidates watched on.

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