Brexit talks between Labour and Tories enter ‘crunch week’
May 15 2019
He went on to say he would be prepared to "do a deal with the devil" for a Brexit which would see the United Kingdom leave the Customs Union, the single market, and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
Labour negotiators want any deal struck with the government reflected in the non-binding political declaration, which sets out the framework for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union and was published alongside Mrs May's withdrawal agreement. Farage's new party is capitalizing on anger in pro-Brexit areas at May's handling of Brexit as well as the calls from politicians in both the Tory and Labour parties for a second referendum.
He said: "I don't think the talks will go anywhere except to embarrass us and actually undermine her negotiating position with the Europeans".
"Cabinet agreed to continue discussions with Labour to see what was possible".
"Are you trying to say this has nothing to do with the way that your Prime Minister has dealt with this over the last couple years". She survived a push from members of her own party to oust her in December, and is therefore protected from another such vote until the end of this year. It means we stay in the European Union as we are, or we nominally leave and stay permanently part of a customs union and with single market rules.
Asked about the possibility of holding further indicative votes, they added that Mrs May had made clear before the cross-party talks began that she would look at asking MPs to vote again on a range of options if the two sides failed to reach an agreement.
'Eighty per cent of the membership of the Conservative Party are very keen to make sure that Brexit happens, we'll be in a position to enthusiastically support leaving the European Union with no deal and if we are then able to agree a position to put to the country, I think we would hit the ball out of the park'. "And at the moment there has not been much of a shift", he said.
He said the Tories "may well have to concede that there is a public vote of some sort" on the deal.
The cabinet discussions came as the PM's Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins travelled to Brussels to explore the scope for changes to the political declaration between the United Kingdom and the EU.
Britain's chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins was due in Brussels for what May's spokesman said was a routine visit.