Labour declares Brexit talks dead as May's premiership crumbles

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2019

Theresa May, who plans to make a fourth and likely final effort to win parliamentary approval for her Brexit deal, has been laying out potential timeframes for her resignation.

Mr Reckless told a press conference: "Brexit is being blocked and the Brexit Party group in the Welsh Assembly from today will be supporting Nigel Farage, supporting the Brexit Party in everything that they are doing to protect our democracy and to ensure that Brexit is delivered".

"Even more crucially, the increasing weakness and instability of your government means there can not be confidence in securing whatever might be agreed between us", he said, in a letter reported by The Daily Telegraph.

"If the talks are not going anywhere, from my point of view that leads to only one conclusion", Hilary Benn, the chairman of parliament's Brexit committee, told BBC radio.

Meanwhile, Mrs May has held talks with senior Tory MPs who are demanding she sets a date for her departure.

"When we come to bring the legislation forward we will think carefully about ... the outcome of these talks, we will also consider whether we have some votes to see if the ideas that have come through command a majority in the House of Commons", May said. The vote is not binding, but if May has not set a date for her departure by then it will add to the pressure for her to do so. Parliament has repeatedly said it does not want a no-deal Brexit.

Another, Andrew Bridgen, said May was "an increasingly beleaguered and isolated prime minister who is desperate to salvage something from her premiership and is prepared to drive through an agreement that would fatally hamstring any future prime minister in negotiations with the European Union".

Conservative MPs blamed frustration at her failure to take Britain out of the European Union as planned on March 29 for the heavy losses the party suffered in the English council elections. May will reportedly try to push her plan through Parliament once again in early June.

"In particular there have been very challenging discussions in respect of the different positions of the two sides on customs and the holding of a second referendum".

FOUR Welsh assembly members (AMs) have sensationally joined the Brexit Party "with immediate effect" to give Nigel Farage's party their first political representation at a national level.

However, the calculation for many Tory MPs might be changed by the mounting threat from the Brexit Party.

The failure to reach agreement was met with despair from business leaders, with the CBI calling on MPs to cancel the recess planned for the end of May.

Carolyn Fairbairn, the director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, made a direct appeal to the government: "Do whatever it takes, do it fast, find common ground and reach a solution".

Parliament usually breaks for around six weeks over the summer. In the past it has taken months to complete but it could be speeded up in order to give the new leader more time to try to resolve the Brexit impasses before October 31. Labour, the Lib Dems and SNP have voted against delivering Brexit again and again.

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