Brexit deadlock deepens as talks between UK’s two main parties collapse

BoJo's charm offensive: Would-be PM launches his bid for the top job by meeting 200 fellow Tory MPs

BoJo's charm offensive: Would-be PM launches his bid for the top job by meeting 200 fellow Tory MPs

But with talks having broken down, the chances of her making up the deficit of support from her own party with Labour backing now seems nearly impossible.

In a letter to May released by Labour, Corbyn said "we have been unable to bridge important policy gaps between us".

Lawmakers return to parliament for around two weeks before they break again for the party conference season. Parliament has repeatedly said it does not want a no-deal Brexit.

May also plans to make a fourth attempt to get lawmakers' backing for Brexit terms by putting a withdrawal agreement bill to a vote during the week of June 3. Labour has feared any compromises on issues such as workers' rights would be torn up by May's successor. That means the Conservative Party would hold an election to choose a new leader - and, by default, a new Prime Minister - this summer, likely bringing with it a new round of political uncertainty.

"Labour will continue to oppose May's Brexit deal".

"Even more crucially, the increasing weakness and instability of your government means there can not be confidence in securing whatever might be agreed between us", Corbyn wrote. They have unwittingly highlighted how party politics stopped them both from being able to do a deal, as Mrs May was trapped in her efforts to compromise without upsetting her colleagues over the customs union, with Mr Corbyn in the same situation over referendums.

And Corbyn's Labour, the principal opposition party, while politically committed to leaving the European Union, also opposes the deal over issues of workers' rights and those of European Union nationals living in Britain and British nationals living within the EU.

On the prospect of indicative votes, the Labour leader said: "This is a novel process which we will obviously look at whenever it comes to Parliament".

May's spokesman, James Slack, confirmed the two sides had not reached "complete agreement" and that no further talks were planned.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage coughs as he samples a Pinkman flavoured e-cigarette during a Brexit Party walkabout in Lincoln, England, Friday May 10, 2019.

However, the calculation for many Tory MPs might be changed by the mounting threat from the Brexit Party.

Blaenau Gwent Labour AM Alun Davies told the Senedd: "These chancers did not stand for election under any party label they are using today".

Brexiteer former global development secretary Priti Patel tweeted: "Many of us did question the judgment of the Cabinet when they approved those talks".

CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn said: "Another day of failed politics, another dispiriting day for British business". But six weeks of hard negotiations yielded little and Labour was increasingly concerned that a future Conservative leader wouldn't stand by any promises May made.

The Tories are bracing for a drubbing in next week's European elections, where polls have shown their right-wing base could defect en masse to the newly formed Brexit Party.

But she said: "No-one else can get the job done".

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