Britain's May to launch new push on her Brexit deal next month

Sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson is among the ex-ministers warning against a customs union

Sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson is among the ex-ministers warning against a customs union

The Government will bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning June 3, a spokesman said, after Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn held fresh talks on Tuesday evening.

The House of Commons has rejected May's divorce deal three times but has, as yet, been unable to agree on an alternative path.

Downing Street described the session as "useful and constructive" and said the two teams will continue talks on Wednesday.

"Tomorrow talks will continue at an official level as we seek the stable majority in parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the withdrawal agreement bill and the UK's swift exit from the European Union".

The Prime Minister will tell Conservative chiefs on Thursday that she intends to leave office by late July if she has delivered Brexit.

It is understood that, in the meeting with May tonight, Corbyn rejected any suggestion that Labour would support the withdrawal agreement bill without prior agreement.

Parliament usually breaks for the summer in the second half of July, although the exact date has not been set.

Ahead of Tuesday's cabinet, a host of leading Tory backbenchers sent a letter to the Prime Minister warning her against giving in to Labour's demands for the United Kingdom to join a customs union with the EU.

To try to break the deadlock in parliament, May turned to Labour, led by Corbyn, a veteran socialist, but after weeks of talks they have failed to reach agreement.

"She has at the same time said she would step aside once she has completed phase one".

Alternatively, there is the possibility that Labour could amend the bill to its satisfaction - adding customs union membership, close relationship with the single market, and other details that would allow the deal to meet Corbyn's five demands on which the ongoing negotiations have been based.

"You would have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our party and with likely nothing to show for it", the letter said.

The Prime Minister is understood to have requested the meeting, and also dispatched her chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins to Brussels for two days of talks about the possibility of making changes to the Political Declaration to strengthen protections for workers rights and request a say in future European Union trade deals for the UK. "We urge you to think again".

The conversations with Labour had been "difficult", the spokesman said, but ministers were "determined to find a way through" the Brexit impasse.

"No leader can bind his or her successor so the deal would likely be at best temporary, at worst illusory", said the letter, whose signatories included Gavin Williamson, who was sacked as defence minister this month, and former foreign minister Boris Johnson.

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