Britain’s Brexit talks collapse as May’s premiership crumbles

Nellie Chapman
May 18, 2019

UK Prime Minister Theresa May would resign if she loses the next parliamentary vote on her Brexit plan in the first week of June, BBC reported on Thursday, citing "sources".

Letter reads: "We have been unable to bridge important policy gaps".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to May on Friday informing her that the Brexit talks, which began on April 3, had "gone as far as they can" due to the instability of her government and its refusal to fundamentally shift its position.

Corbyn later claimed that his team had negotiated "in good faith and very seriously, and put forward a lot of very detailed arguments", but explained that the fundamental issue was "that the Government has not fundamentally shifted its view and the divisions in the Conservative Party mean the Government is negotiating with no authority and no ability that I can see to actually deliver anything".

The prime minister has said she will step down once her Brexit deal has been approved, but few believe she can stay on even if it isn't.

But she warned that MPs would be at a crossroads.

Without the talks delivering Labour support, .

The Government will now focus its efforts on trying to win over rebel Tories and the DUP, while hoping that Labour MPs can be persuaded to back the WAB based on the common ground established during the talks on areas including workers' rights and environmental protections.

The talks, which have lasted almost two months, were convened in an attempt to agree on a Brexit plan that could stand a chance of being approved by Britain's fractured Parliament. He later told reporters there was no chance of getting even part of a Brexit deal ratified by the end of July.

"It is leading to enormous chaos and misery in the UK".

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But the Conservatives and left-of-centre Labour differ on how close an economic relationship to seek with the bloc after the United Kingdom leaves.

Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party is enjoying a surge in support from voters who are frustrated at the governments failure to complete the divorce.

The current deadline for leaving the European Union is set at October 31 of this year.

That deadlock deepened this week with the breakdown of the cross-party talks and the intensifying pressure on Mrs May from within her Conservative Party to quit.

Now, he has left the Conservative group and along with three Ukip colleagues has defected - to sign up for Nigel Farage Brexit's Party ahead of next week's European Union election.

Many blame Mrs May and want her replaced with a more staunchly pro-Brexit leader such as former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson's slightly muted declaration that he would run for the Leadership of the Conservative Party, and therefore, the country will bring some comfort to many seeking an end to Theresa May's regime.

Several senior Conservatives are expected to enter the contest for the leadership, with the victor also becoming prime minister.

But Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, said May would do this after a parliamentary vote in the week beginning June 3 on legislation to approve her European Union divorce deal.

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