United Kingdom cross-party Brexit talks break down

United Kingdom cross-party Brexit talks break down

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L2) speaks in the UK Parliament in London, May 15, 2019.

May's Brexit deal has been rejected three times by parliament and weeks of talks with the opposition Labour Party, the idea of which were deeply unpopular with many Conservatives, have failed to find a consensus on the way forward.

May, who became prime minister in the chaos that followed the 2016 referendum when Britons voted 52 per cent to 48 per cent to leave the European Union, survived a no-confidence vote of her Conservative lawmakers in December.

But she agreed to give a timetable next month for her departure, raising the prospect that Britain will get a new prime minister before it leaves the European Union - now scheduled for October 31.

Talks between the United Kingdom government and opposition Labour Party MPs on how to resolve Brexit broke down on Friday - nearly certainly dooming Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement, and her hopes of staying on as prime minister beyond June.

"I believe the talks between us about finding a compromise agreement on leaving the European Union have now gone as far as they can", Corbyn wrote to Mrs May in a letter reported by the BBC.

"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".

He said the party would oppose May's thrice-rejected deal when it returns to parliament.

And when told: "It's a matter of transparency", the politician replies: "It certainly is, we have got a democratic election next Thursday which is all about democracy and you won't even talk about it".

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He said Labour would vote against the WAB on second reading and questioned if Mrs May's plan to put the legislation before MPs in the week beginning June 3 was a tactic to hold on to power amid Tory moves to boot her out.

The pound sank to $1.275, its lowest level since mid-January.

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay blamed Labour for the breakdown of talks, saying the Conservative government had been willing to make concessions.

The Government will now focus its efforts on trying to win over rebel Tories and the DUP, while hoping that Labour MPs can be persuaded to back the WAB based on the common ground established during the talks on areas including workers' rights and environmental protections.

Britain's labyrinthine crisis over Brexit has stunned allies and foes alike, and with deadlock in London, the world's fifth largest economy faces an array of options including an exit with a deal to smooth the transition, a no-deal exit, an election or a second referendum. The vote is not binding, but if May has not set a date for her departure by then it will add to the pressure for her to do so.

"It's better that she does it than we have a vote of confidence". Borris Johnson, who helped lead the campaign for Brexit, said Thursday he would stand as a candidate to replace May.

But it is unclear how the government plans to persuade a majority of MPs to back Mrs May's European Union divorce terms, since few on either side of the Brexit divide seem prepared to change their positions.

They will also need to consider whether such a policy can be pushed through the Commons with the current batch of MPs - or whether a general election or another referendum has become unavoidable.

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