UK Conservatives slam Theresa May's cross-party Brexit talks

Demonstrating outside Parliament in London

Demonstrating outside Parliament in London

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip leave church, as Brexit turmoil continues, near High Wycombe, Britain April 7, 2019.

With Britain's departure now set for 12 April, May's government is running out of time to get a deal through a divided parliament and must come up with a new plan to secure another delay from European Union leaders at a summit on Wednesday.

The Labour leader wants Mrs May to negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU, something she's previously ruled out on grounds it would stop Britain doing trade deals with countries outside the bloc.

"Specifically provided we are leaving the European Union then it is important that we compromise, that's what this is about and it is through gritted teeth", said Andrea Leadsom, the Brexit-supporting Leader of the House of Commons, parliament's lower house.

Senior ministers have spent several days negotiating with its leaders, but there are signs of the talks stalling after Labour complained of no "real change or compromise".

The negotiations stalled after Labour said the Prime Minister had refused to set out any changes to her Brexit red lines and no further face-to-face meetings have yet been confirmed.

The interior ministry confirmed that some passports introduced from March 30, the day after Britain was originally due to depart, no longer include references to the European Union following a 2017 decision. Do you want this? The country was supposed to have left the bloc on 29 March but missed the deadline.

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"Where we're at is that the government negotiated a deal with the European Union, and my preference was for that deal to be passed by parliament, and we could leave the European Union on that basis", she said.

"But at the same time parliament has also said that they don't want us to leave without a deal, with no deal", the prime minister said.

"But Parliament has now rejected that deal three times and right now as things stand, I can not see them accepting it".

The former mayor of London's intervention came after May released a video on Sunday defending her talks with the Labour party, which were announced on 2 April as part of a new strategy to find consensus on Brexit.

Her remarks came as MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business minister, said Labour would "very, very strongly" consider voting to revoke Article 50 if the European Union refused an extension.

It's more likely that the bloc will insist on a much longer delay - which would spark a furious revolt and potentially resignations from pro-Brexit British ministers.

"When the multi-annual financial framework comes forward, if we are still in, this is our one-in-seven year opportunity to veto the budget and to be really very hard, and I hope that any British prime minister would take that opportunity".

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