Friday 17 May 2019 8:31 am

Brexit talks between the Conservatives and Labour set to close without a deal

Cross-party Brexit discussions between Labour and the Conservatives are set to close without a deal, according to reports.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will now move into a second stage of talks, aimed at agreeing a parliamentary process that could be used to reach a consensus.

Labour are worried that a deal with such a weak Prime Minister may not be worth much as any successor may not feel bound to honour it, the BBC reports.


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May is under a great deal of pressure from within her own party to set an exit date.

She agreed with senior back bench MPs yesterday to lay out an exit timetable after the next parliamentary Brexit vote in the first week of June.

May has already been defeated three times trying to get her flagship Brexit policy through the commons.

Senior Tories are readying themselves for the race to replace May, who could stand down within weeks.

Speaking at the British Insurance Brokers’ Association conference in Manchester yesterday, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson confirmed he would stand for the role.

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“I’m going to go for it, but there is no vacancy at present,” he said.

Others who could stand include foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, home secretary Sajid Javid. Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, secretary of state for work and pensions Amber Rudd and former secretary of state for work and pensions Esther McVey.

 

 

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