UK Brexit negotiator back in Brussels for last-minute talks

UK Brexit negotiator back in Brussels for last-minute talks

Some analysts suggest a dismal showing for both of Britain's main parties could lead to them to redouble their efforts to come up with a Brexit deal that can get through the House of Commons.

But the prime minister's official spokesman said the government believed it was "imperative" that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill - the legislation required to leave the European Union - was brought to Parliament in time for it pass all its stages by the summer recess.

Instead, ministers have agreed that talks can carry on "to see what was possible", as the Prime Minister's spokesman put it.

And Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson said he thought the way out of the impasse was a "confirmatory ballot" on Theresa May's agreement, saying it would be "difficult" for his party to assist in the UK's exit from the European Union without another referendum.

No date has been set for the summer recess, but Parliament usually rises near the end of July.

Labour negotiators want any deal struck with the government reflected in the non-binding political declaration, which sets out the framework for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union and was published alongside Mrs May's withdrawal agreement. May, while pledging to step down ahead of the next phase of Brexit negotiations, is yet to name a date.

Despair is reportedly mounting in Cabinet about what is the point of Theresa May's talks with Labour. Ann Widdecombe, the former Tory minister who is standing in the south-west for the Brexit party, condemned the civil service and said the group would "sweep the traitors out of Westminster".

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The rally saw Farage condemn "career politicians who have never done a deal in their lives" as the cause of the Brexit impasse. "Our policy is to leave with a clear-break Brexit and get on with the rest of our lives", he says.

Among the former cabinet ministers are Brexiteers Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and sacked defense secretary Gavin Williamson, as well as Maria Miller and Sir Michael Fallon, who supported Remain in the 2016 referendum. "No leader can [bind] his or her successor, so the deal would likely be at best temporary, at worst illusory", they wrote.

Specifically, the quick EU-UK deal on trade is assumed to be the most controversial part of future discussions on Brexit. "And at the moment there has not been much of a shift", he said.

He said: "We have been at this five weeks, we haven't seen the significant shift yet that we require to be able to support a deal".

The Green Party and Change UK both have visits from their lead candidates to the region this week as they turn their attention to Suffolk - and the Liberal Democrats have renewed objective after their strong showing in the local elections.

He said the Tories "may well have to concede that there is a public vote of some sort" on the deal.

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