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

MEP Nigel Farage gestures during a walkabout and rally in Clacton Essex England for his Brexit Party Wednesday

MEP Nigel Farage gestures during a walkabout and rally in Clacton Essex England for his Brexit Party Wednesday

"This evening the prime minister met the leader of the opposition (Jeremy Corbyn) in the House of Commons to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the European Union", the spokesman said.

"We are approaching the moment of truth", a cabinet minister said of the prime minister's decision, which effectively puts her premiership on the line.

Junior Education Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said in her resignation letter that it was now clear to her that "the negotiations have been built on the United Kingdom trying to appease the European Union and we have allowed ourselves to be led into a deal which is unacceptable to the 17.4 million voters who asked for us to step away from the European Union project and become an independent nation once again".

Mrs May has so far held back from introducing the Withdrawal Agreement Bill as she sought agreement from Labour that it would not vote it down. "Britain was prepared for a no deal on March 29 and that work has continued".

USA investment bank JP Morgan said on Tuesday it was hard to see May surviving beyond the end of June.

The government had hoped to get the London Parliament's agreement for the divorce deal in the coming weeks so British MEPs would never have to take their seats.

Both May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are under strong pressure from their party members not to make concessions to their rivals.

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

May and Corbyn met for talks Tuesday.

The government calculates that if a majority of lawmakers can be persuaded to approve the Brexit terms bill, they will then back the deal as well.

Thirteen of May's former cabinet colleagues as well as Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, wrote to May on Tuesday to ask her not to agree to Labour's demand for a post-Brexit customs union with the EU. May has said she will step down once the first phase of Brexit is complete.

"We don't think there is a deal there yet", Labour economy spokesperson John McDonnell said.

"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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