UK: Theresa May to bring Brexit deal back to lawmakers in June

Lester Mason
May 15, 2019

Cross-party talks between the Government and Labour will continue despite Tory opposition to Jeremy Corbyn's key demand.

"Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive".

The letter said the Prime Minister can not bind her successor, so any agreement with Labour would be "at best temporary, at worst illusory".

May was seeking a "stable majority in Parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the UK's swift exit from the EU", the spokesman said.

"The Prime Minister's team agreed to bring back documentation and further proposals tomorrow".

Peter Bone has said it is "absurd" for the Prime Minister to bring her Withdrawal Agreement Bill back to the Commons for a fourth time.

They also said it was "imperative" that any exit plan be approved by Parliament before MPs go on their summer holiday, which normally begins at the end of July.

Parliament usually breaks for the summer in the second half of July although the exact date has not yet been set.

That would mean Britain leaving the European Union on 1 August and the Prime Minister fulfilling her pledge to step down once the first phase of the Brexit process has been completed.

"Not unless she comes to a deal with us and frankly, the signs are not good".

The conversations with Labour had been "difficult", the spokesman said, but ministers were "determined to find a way through" the Brexit impasse.

A Cabinet source said Mrs May stressed the need for compromise and said the Government could not give in to "absolutism".

For the past six weeks, ministers and their Labour counterparts have been discussing how Parliament might accept the agreement May struck with the European Union (EU) previous year.

However, she is under pressure from Brexiteers maneuvering against a compromise with Labour - with some Conservatives eyeing her position.

The letter has been signed by 13 former Tory cabinet ministers and Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee.

Signatories include potential leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab.

"What she (May) is working to do is to get a deal passed as soon as possible", the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Mrs May's chief negotiator Olly Robbins was in Brussels for two days of talks about the possibility of making changes to the Political Declaration - the document setting out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship after Brexit.

"I have talked to colleagues, some of whom voted for it last time, and they think it is dead and they will vote against it this time", Peter Bone, a Conservative lawmaker and a prominent supporter of leaving the European Union, told Talk Radio.

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. It would be followed by negotiations on a new trade deal with the EU.

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