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Government admits United Kingdom must take part in European elections

Ruth Davidson delivers her comeback speech at the Scottish Tory conference

Another member of the committee said of the prime minister's departure: "We want certainty for an orderly and timely exit with or without a deal - and the can cannot be kicked down the road until October".

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey indicated, however, there had been no move towards a customs union.

"The prime minister said that while an agreement with the opposition had not been reached, the public had sent a clear message in the local elections that they want both of the main parties to get on with delivering Brexit", her spokesman said she told ministers.

Ms Long-Bailey refused to rule it out, saying it was "one of many options".

She said: "We haven't had any movement or agreement on a customs union, certainly not today, but we will see what the rest of the week holds".

A Downing Street spokesman added more talks were scheduled for Wednesday.

According to the Telegraph, Theresa May reportedly entered secret discussions over the possibility of staging a second Brexit referendum, the newspaper said on Sunday. Others are anxious that changing the leader without Brexit being decided one way or another could cause more problems than it solves, when parliament remains deadlocked.

Jeremy Corbyn will pay a visit to the county this week to launch the Labour manifesto for the European elections.

Nearly three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the date and terms of Brexit remain uncertain because lawmakers have repeatedly rejected May's divorce deal with the bloc.

Speaking at the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, he said that, after its Withdrawal Agreement was rejected three times by MPs, the Government was trying to find "a way forward that has maximum possible support amongst politicians of all political parties".

The European elections will go ahead and MEPs are likely to take their seats it emerged today after No 10 set a new deadline of mid-July to complete Brexit.

He said the government would try to make the delay "as short as possible".

He said: "Ideally we would like to be in a situation where those MEPs from the United Kingdom never actually take their seats in the European Parliament, certainly to get this done and dusted by the summer recess".

The UK was due to leave the European Union on 29 March, but as no deal was agreed by Parliament, the European Union extended the deadline to 31 October.