May presses Labour to reach Brexit deal, but leaks jeopardise talks
May 06 2019
The Prime Minister admitted she understood why Conservative MPs found the decision to hold talks with Labour "uncomfortable", and said it was not what she wanted either.
"To the leader of the opposition, I say this: let's listen to what the voters said in the elections and put our differences aside for a moment".
Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith - who was himself ousted by his own MPs in 2003 - argued it was time to change the leadership, saying backbench MPs needed to "decide that either the prime minister sets the immediate date for departure or, I'm afraid, (we) must do it for her".
Senior Conservatives said on Saturday there was an increased need for compromise after the local election results, and the leader of the Scottish branch of the Conservative Party said a deal with Labour could be done within days.
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And Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson said it would be "very difficult" to agree a deal in the cross-party talks. "Let's do a deal", she wrote in The Mail on Sunday newspaper.
Negotiations between Labour and the Conservatives will resume on Tuesday, with reports over the weekend suggesting Theresa May is poised to propose a temporary customs arrangement with the EU.
"We need to get out of the European Union and get a deal over the line".
A customs union would upset the most pro-Brexit members of the Conservative Party who say it does not honour the terms of the country's 2016 vote to leave the EU.
Elsewhere, Brexit Party leader Mr Farage challenged Mr Corbyn to a debate ahead of the European elections, warning a deal between Labour and the Tories would be the "final betrayal".
Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, told the same paper that staying in a customs union could lead to a "catastrophic split" in the Conservative Party at a time when the opposition is led by "dangerous extremists".
Separately, British aid minister Rory Stewart said on Sunday the government and the Labour Party agreed on nearly everything about arrangements for Brexit, and that a deal would be easy to do if its leader Jeremy Corbyn wanted one. "I can't think that any other party in the United Kingdom has raised money like that".
"Most Brexit voters voted for the Conservative Party but four million Remain voters voted for the Conservative Party", he told Sky News'Sophy Ridge On Sunday.
"I actually think she's jeopardized the negotiations for her own personal protection".
One source told Buzzfeed "the offer would be tantamount to the government accepting in full Labour's demands".