Friday, 17 May 2019
Prime Minister's talks with Labour ended after 42 days with no breakthrough
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.
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.