Labour-Tory Brexit talks end without deal

Labour-Tory

Talks between Labour and the government aimed at breaking the Brexit impasse have ended without an agreement.

Jeremy Corbyn said the discussions had “gone as far as they can”, blaming what he called the government’s “increasing weakness and instability”. Theresa May said the lack of a “common position” within Labour over a further referendum had made talks “difficult”.

The prime minister said she would now consider putting options to MPs on Brexit that may “command a majority”. But Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called the end of the talks a “very negative development”.

Mrs May has promised to set a timetable for leaving Downing Street following a House of Commons vote on her EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning 3 June.

Brexit had been due to take place on 29 March – but after MPs voted down the deal Mrs May had negotiated with the bloc three times, the EU gave the UK an extension until 31 October.

This prompted negotiations between the Conservatives and Labour to see if the parties could come to a Brexit agreement, despite differences over issues including membership of a customs union and a further referendum.

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