'Imperative' UK government strikes new EU Brexit deal by June

Sergio Conner
May 15, 2019

A new vote on an exit deal proposed by Theresa May now has a date: the week of June 3-the same week that Donald Trump begins his controversial state visit to the country.

The majority of MPs in anti-EU Tory faction the European Research Group (ERG) will vote against Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal when it is presented to parliament next month, a minister has said.

Blunt's outspoken remarks about the future of his own party have been met with some distaste, with The Times reporting unnamed Conservative members of Parliament who said they would abandon the party if it took support from the Brexit Party in a future Parliament to deliver Brexit.

"This evening the Prime Minister met the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the European Union", the spokesman said.

"We will, therefore, be bringing forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning the 3rd June".

The government also confirmed that talks with the Labour party would continue on Wednesday in an attempt to agree a way through the Brexit impasse. "It seems absurd to bring it back, the same thing, again and again".

"No leader can bind his or her successor so the deal would likely be at best temporary, at worst illusory", said the letter.

There remains little hope of a deal, with senior Labour figures saying the party will not sign an agreement that the next Conservative leader could tear up.

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"We don't think there is a deal there yet", Labour economy spokesperson John McDonnell said. Keir Starmer and Tom Watson have estimated that up to 150 Labour MPs would refuse to vote for a Brexit deal that did not have another referendum attached.

"What she (May) is working to do is to get a deal passed as soon as possible", the spokesman said. I can not imagine for one minute that Theresa May is going to want to go to the next Conservative Party conference in October and address it as leader.

"You would have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our party and with likely nothing to show for it", the letter said.

The signatories include Gavin Williamson, who she sacked as defence secretary, as well as potential leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab.

The statement came after talks between May and Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on a possible compromise that would end a deadlock on Brexit in Parliament.

A Labour Party spokeswoman said Mr Corbyn set out the shadow Cabinet's concerns about the Prime Minister's ability to deliver on any compromise agreement during the talks in Parliament on Tuesday evening. Vara, who voted for remain in the 2016 referendum, said May's deal "leaves the United Kingdom in a half-way house with no time limit on when we will finally be a sovereign nation".

While European Union elections have always been seen as a safe place for mid-term protest votes to take place by the political establishment in the United Kingdom, polling showing that the month-old Brexit Party is now beating the Conservatives in even general election polling has sent shockwaves through Westminster.

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