UK Brexit negotiator back in Brussels for last-minute talks

UK Brexit negotiator back in Brussels for last-minute talks

Even after the delay of Brexit till October 31 and after repeated failures by the United Kingdom government to get the necessary parliamentary backing, some retain the distant hope that Britain could still leave before the end of June.

The signatories were said to include Gavin Williamson, who she sacked as defence secretary, Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, who claim she risks losing the "loyal middle" of the Tory Party if she gives ground to Labour's demands about entering into a customs union-based deal.

Mr Farage's party is the runaway leader in the polls, with voters expected to vent their fury at both the Conservatives and Labour over their Brexit views and actions.

"Elsewhere, BBC's Laura Kuenssberg tweeted late last night that "Brexit talks are not in good health, but not dead yet, Olly Robbins is heading to Brussels tomorrow to talk about how, and how long it might take to change the political declaration IF there were to be an agreement".

However, in London pressure was mounting on May to abandon the talks with Labour as 13 former cabinet ministers wrote a warning letter to her over the consequences of doing a deal.

The inability to agree on a way forward led the United Kingdom to miss its 29 March deadline for leaving the European Union - the current date for departure is 31 October.

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a longtime critic of the European Union, has shied away from committing to a second Brexit referendum - to the fury of a majority of his lawmakers, who believe a second vote on European Union membership would overturn the June 2016 plebiscite, in which a thin majority voted for Brexit.

Cabinet discussed on Tuesday what might happen if the talks fail, including a "Plan B" to hold a series of votes in parliament on possible Brexit options, May's spokesman said.

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"We continue to seek to agree a way forward in order to secure our orderly withdrawal from the European Union".

A poll conducted by Opinium on behalf of The Observer newspaper this past weekend led to a new wave of panic among Britain's main political parties as the Brexit Party - founded by former U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage - looked set to be the most popular party, with 34% support, followed by Labour on 21%, the Liberal Democrats on 12% and the Conservatives on 11%.

Mr Kinnock, who opposes a further referendum, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I really am very concerned that the reason that these talks are not getting any further is because the Labour party is introducing an additional red line which is that a confirmatory vote has to be inserted into the deal".

"It's the most outrageous proposal I've ever seen".

Several key committee members, including the chair, Sir Graham Brady, and the treasurer, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, have said May should draw up a clear schedule for her departure.

He told the programme: '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.

"Some of us warned back then that we'd lose in 2015".

A Labour source said: "Our message is about bringing the country together".

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