UK Brexit talks stagger on but parties remain far apart


One poll on Sunday forecast that Farage's party could end up with a bigger share of the vote than the combined support for the Conservatives and Labour.

"There has however been a lack of progress, and talks could even collapse".

Some ministers believe the expected disintegration of the Conservative vote in next week's European elections could persuade Brexiteer MPs to support Mrs May's plans.

For the Euro election, Britain is divided into a dozen regional constituencies, and will return 73 MEPs to the European Parliament.

If it is unable to do so, Mrs May - or whoever is prime minister at that point - will have to decide whether to seek a further extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process, which had originally been due to conclude on March 29.

"A series of parliamentary votes on various Brexit outcomes can be an alternative way forward".

Just under three years since the Brexit referendum that irrevocably changed British politics, another election is set to take place later this month that could fundamentally impact the political landscape, again. It would be followed by negotiations on a new trade deal with the EU.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures on an open-topped bus while on the European Election campaign trail in Sunderland, England, Saturday, May 11, 2019.

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She turned to Labour last month in the hope of finding a way through, but the party is insisting on a close trading relationship with the European Union that many Conservative MPs reject.

But Corbyn, whose negotiating team has been holding talks with government ministers for more than four weeks to find a way to break the deadlock in parliament, raised doubts over whether Labour could back the Withdrawal Bill.

The elections - beyond their impact on the functioning of the European Union and its legislature - are already having significant impact domestically, and the likely poor performance of the Conservative Party is adding pressure on May to step down.

Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon, whose constituency voted to leave the EU by 54.4% to 45.6%, signed a letter from 13 former cabinet members, calling on the Prime Minister not to compromise with Labour over a customs union.

Change UK sources said a number of complaints had been made about the perceived reluctance of the People's Vote campaign to criticise Labour's position on Brexit.

That intervention spooked Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a key player in the talks.

Asked in the same interview whether he could potentially work with the Conservatives to deliver Brexit, Farage said this would only happen if the party elected a leader who supported "no deal" and "who gets rid of the Hammonds, and all the Remainers in the Cabinet".