British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday that the longer it takes to find a compromise with the opposition Labour Party to secure a parliamentary majority for a Brexit deal, the less likely it is that Britain will leave the European Union. Pascale Davies reports.
SONNING, PLYMOUTH, WESTMINSTER, ENGLAND, UK / BRUSSELS, BELGIUMUK POOL / BBC / PARLIAMENT TV / EBS / REUTERS) – A warning from Britain’s Prime Minister to try to stop Brexit slipping from her grasp.
On Saturday (06 April), Theresa May said the longer it takes to find a compromised deal with the opposition Labour party, the less likely it is that the UK will leave the European Union at all.
May and the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have held three days of meetings to attempt to agree to a Brexit deal parliament will say yes to.
But talks have not progressed as much as was hoped.
BRITISH OPPOSITION LEADER, JEREMY CORBYN,
“Well I’m waiting to see I’m waiting to see the red lights move.”
Corbyn also faces pressure from some in his party not to agree any deal without a commitment from May to hold a new referendum on it.
The Sunday Times newspaper reported the Prime Minister does have a plan to put a customs arrangement with the EU in law – with the hope this softer approach would win over the Labour party.
This would likely enrage many of her leave-supporting conservatives.
May will meet with the bloc at a summit on Wednesday (10 April) and has asked Brussels to postpone Britain’s departure until June 30.
But that depends on her showing a viable plan to secure an agreement on her deal, which British parliament has rejected three times.
And the Prime Minister is facing further pressure at home.
The Observer newspaper reported on Sunday (07 April) that some of May’s own party are trying to oust her within weeks if the UK is forced to take part in May’s European elections and is forced to extend its EU membership beyond June.
The Sunday Telegraph reported ministers are discussing whether to resign if a delay means fielding candidates in the polls.
That as one of May’s Eurosceptic lawmakers – Jacob Rees-Mogg – said Sunday the PM “should be held to account” for the departure delay and that Brexit could have already happened by now.
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