Brexit: Theresa May accuses Labour of dragging its heels in talks to find compromise

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Theresa May has accused Labour of dragging its heels within the bid to discover a cross-party compromise to ship Brexit, even earlier than the talks resumed after Easter

“The discussions with Labour have been critical however had additionally been tough in some areas, akin to in relation to the timetable for the negotiations,” the prime minister advised her cabinet.

No 10 fears Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t share Ms Might’s want to keep away from subsequent month’s European Parliament elections – which might require an settlement inside days.

The criticism is hanging as a result of it’s the first time the federal government has turned on Labour since turning to the Opposition for assist in desperation three weeks in the past.

Till now, it has been Mr Corbyn’s celebration that has blamed the prime minister for the lack of progress, accusing her of refusing to shift on her pink strains – specifically, membership of a customs union.

The cupboard dialogue happened even earlier than the talks resumed on Tuesday afternoon – however after a failure to carry any significant negotiations final week.

Ms Might’s spokesman advised journalists: “The PM mentioned the discussions with Labour had been critical, however had additionally been tough in some areas, akin to in relation to the timetable for the negotiations.

“The PM mentioned that the federal government’s place was that progress wanted to be made urgently because it was important to ship on the results of the referendum and for the UK to go away the European Union as quickly as attainable.”

Requested if the reference to difficulties being attributable to the “timetable” referred to Labour not wanting them to conclude as shortly as the federal government wished, the spokesman mentioned such an interpretation was “affordable”.

However he rejected a suggestion that meant Labour was responsible of “unhealthy religion”, including: “Labour has approached [the talks] in a critical method and has been partaking constructively.”

The cupboard met forward of David Lidington, Mrs Might’s de facto deputy, and Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, assembly Keir Starmer, his Labour shadow, and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor.

Downing Road is more and more gloomy concerning the probabilities of a breakthrough, given there isn’t any apparent cause for Mr Corbyn to assist the prime minister escape the Brexit disaster.

The Tories are heading for a disastrous defeat on 23 Might, amid Nigel Farage’s resurgence on the head of the brand new Brexit Party.

 

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