Theresa May says Labour to blame for Brexit talks collapse

Telegraph contributors predict a confident showing of votes for the Brexit Party in this week's European Elections

Telegraph contributors predict a confident showing of votes for the Brexit Party in this week's European Elections

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has today pulled the plug on the cross-party Brexit talks with Theresa May, telling the prime minister the discussions had gone "as far as they can".

Each side blamed the other for the collapse.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the gaps between them could not be bridged - and he had no confidence that her successor would stick to any bargain they might have reached.

He also said the prospect of a change in Tory leadership meant the government was becoming "ever more unstable and its authority eroded" and Labour could not be confident in any cross-party agreement being delivered.

The two major British parties have been at a stalemate for weeks over a deal outlining the conditions by which Britain will withdraw from the European Union.

In a joint statement after the crucial meeting, Graham Brady, Chair of the 1922 Committee, said: "The Prime Minister is determined to secure our departure from the European Union and is devoting her efforts to securing the 2nd Reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week commencing 3 June 2019 and the passage of that Bill and the outcome departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union by the summer".

The House of Commons has rejected the PM's deal three times, forcing May to delay Brexit twice.

May has announced that after Parliament votes on the bill she will set out a timetable for her departure as Conservative leader and prime minister.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said an early election risked losing to Labour and "killing Brexit altogether".

But the Conservatives and left-of-centre Labour differ on how close an economic relationship to seek with the bloc after the United Kingdom leaves.

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In the likely absence of parliamentary consensus, Mrs May will table her withdrawal agreement bill in the first week in June.

A poll by Politico-Hanbury found that former Brexit secretary Boris Johnson, who has declared his intention to replace May, was the only prospective Tory leader who would be more attractive to Conservative voters than his predecessor.

"I'd have thought it was patently clear that if the prime minister's deal is put for a fourth time, if it's allowed, it will fail just as it has failed three times already", said Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer.

Britain was due to leave the European Union on March 29, but Brexit has been delayed until October 31 amid the political impasse.

Corbyn said on Friday that "without significant changes, we will continue to oppose the government's deal as we do not believe it safeguards jobs, living standards and manufacturing industry in Britain".

Speaking to about the Conservative Party's failure to deliver Brexit Ms Hewertson said: "I feel so let down that I think this has left me with no choice but to vote against my own party".

Downing Street has said it will seek a fourth vote on the deal in early June, in the same week as President Trump visits the country to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

May and her European Union counterparts then negotiated a divorce deal that both sides signed off on back in November.

Mr Johnson's chances of winning the Tory crown have soared amid signs that the party's support is haemorrhaging to Nigel Farage's Brexit Party.

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