Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage launches Brexit Party

Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage launches Brexit Party

He added that discussions couldn't be allowed to "drag on" for an extended period but continued to defend the prime minister's position.

Talks between the opposition Labour Party and the government have not produced a breakthrough in the Brexit impasse.

May has so far been unable to get the exit package she agreed a year ago with the European Union approved by the British parliament, meaning Brexit day has been pushed back to avoid leaving without a deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May's effective deputy, David Lidington, said they wanted to be able to "take stock" of any progress when parliament returns from its Easter break on April 23.

One senior Conservative MP, Sir Patrick Mcloughlin, said today, "Defining ourselves as the Brexit party, pursuing the hardest form of Brexit with a Parliament that will not deliver it, is a recipe for paralysis in government and suicide with the electorate".

If they go badly, it could increase pressure on May to step down.

Meanwhile, an analysis of various polls by the Sunday Telegraph showed that the Tories would lose almost 60 seats in a potential snap election that could come over May's failure to deliver on Brexit.

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Despite being handed an extension of EU membership until October 31, May is hoping to pass a withdrawal agreement and lead Britain out of the bloc before May 23 to avoid taking part in elections for the European Parliament. Both stages are politically very hard because lawmakers are divided over the best way forward for the country.

Jeremy Hunt has insisted the contest to succeed Theresa May as Conservative party leader must wait until after the Brexit withdrawal agreement has been voted through by parliament.

Corbyn could then lead a government propped up by the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) which is also expected to make gains in a general election.

If Britain does not take part in the European Parliament elections but has not ratified an exit deal, the country will leave without any formal agreement on June 1.

Britain's European Union membership is due to end on October 31, with or without a deal.

Steve Murrells, chief executive of retailer Co-op group, told the BBC the government had "kicked the can down the road" on Brexit, but that his firm would continue to plan for the worst-case scenario of leaving without a deal.

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