Prime Minister Theresa May begs opposition parties for Brexit support over Repeal Bill

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Prime Minister Theresa May will tomorrow admit that she needs to work with other parties to steer the country through Brexit.

Speaking on the anniversary of her first day in Number 10, May is expected to ask opposition parties to come forward with their own "views and ideas".

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"We may not agree on everything, but through debate and discussion...ideas can be clarified and improved," she will say.

The speech, which May will make at the launch of the Matthew Taylor review of working practices, comes ahead of the publication of the Repeal Bill on Thursday.

The crucial bill will cut ties with Brussels and copy all EU legislation into UK law.

However, MPs have been threatening to weigh down the legislation with multiple amendments when it is debated in the autumn.

May's conciliatory tone will come as a sign that she has accepted her diminished stature since the General Election, when she lost her parliamentary majority.

She will say: "When I commissioned this report I led a majority government in the House of Commons. The reality I now face as Prime Minister is rather different.

"In this new context, it will be even more important to make the case for our policies and our values, and to win the battle of ideas both in parliament as well as in the country.

"So I say to the other parties in the House of Commons… come forward with your own views and ideas about how we can tackle these challenges as a country."

However, opposition parties appear to be unimpressed by May’s overture.

Liberal Democrat shadow Brexit secretary Tom Brake said: "A call for Labour to contribute is superfluous. On the single biggest issue of our generation, Brexit, Corbyn isn’t contributing, he is cheerleading. He has already swallowed the PM's line hook, line and sinker."

Andrew Gwynne, Labour campaign coordinator and shadow cabinet minister, said: “Theresa May has finally come clean and accepted the government has completely run out of ideas. As a result they’re having to beg for policy proposals from Labour.

“This is further evidence that this government can no longer run the country.”

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