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

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

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

The Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom argues in the Sunday Telegraph that a further referendum would be "the ultimate betrayal".

She added, "The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the United Kingdom never leaving at all".

There is now very little sign that May will travel to next week's emergency European council summit with the coherent plan the EU says will be necessary to grant the United Kingdom a further delay to Brexit, which is now scheduled to happen on Friday.

After May's deal with the European Union out for a third time in the House of Commons, the prime minister invited the opposition Labour Party this week to discuss alternatives.

The shadow business secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, who was among the Labour delegation, said on Sunday that while the mood of the talks had been "quite a positive and hopeful one", little was achieved.

"But we are currently waiting for the Government to come back to us now to state whether they are prepared to move on any of their red lines", she said.

"Steve Barclay told the BBC some Labour suggestions, like a customs union, would be" very difficult" for the authorities to take, but both sides will need to sit down and work out an arrangement to prevent a damaging no-deal Brexit.

Asked if a customs union constituted Brexit, Ms Leadsom said: "It depends on what that means".

"My expectation - and I'm not party to the discussions - is that the Prime Minister will only seek to agree those things that still constitute Brexit".

But even the threat of losing Brexit has so far failed to change the minds of hardline eurosceptic Conservative lawmakers, and some are now suggesting that Britain make the EU's life a misery if Britain is forced to accept a long delay.

She is now racing against the clock in a desperate bid to get her proposals approved in time for the Brussels summit so that Britain can avoid taking part in the European vote.

"I think that Theresa May is looking for political cover because she is asking for an extension she knows she can't get, so that the EU can force her to do something else so that at least she won't get accused of selling out", said King's College European politics professor Anand Menon. "I'm not an advocate for no deal, but it would not be almost as bad as many like to think it would be".

The House of Commons has also neglected to locate a majority for any plan of voting on several alternatives in just two days.

She refused to rule out Labour backing a revocation of article 50, saying the party wanted to stop no deal "in any situation".

Some Conservatives have criticised her for seeking Labour's help after MPs rejected her Brexit plan three times.

May also told EU Council president Donald Tusk in a formal letter that Britain would start preparing for its participation in European Parliament elections in case it is still a member of the bloc when they begin on May 23.

However, EU leaders favor a longer delay to avoid another round of cliff-edge preparations and politics.

It comes after leading Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg criticised her for holding talks with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"I don't think the European Union, in its jargon, has behaved towards us with honest cooperation", he told Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday, meaning "we are no longer obliged to follow honest cooperation in return".

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