British PM tells Labour: Let's do a deal on Brexit

British PM tells Labour: Let's do a deal on Brexit

She said a cross-party compromise was not her first choice, but "we have to find a way to break the deadlock".

The Conservative Party could lose four million voters if it takes a harder line on Brexit and tries to "outdo" Nigel Farage, the newest Cabinet minister has warned.

May's Conservatives lost more than a thousand seats on English local councils that were up for re-election, and Labour, which would typically aim to gain hundreds of seats in a mid-term vote, instead lost 81.

The Prime Minister said she understood why some of Tory colleagues found the decision to hold talks with Labour "uncomfortable", and admitted it was not what she wanted either.

Labour and the Conservatives would then leave open whether this would lead in future to Labour's preferred customs union, with EU consultation rights, or the looser arrangement favoured by the Conservatives.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, May said this morning Labour should "listen to what voters said" in Thursday's local elections in which the Tories suffered crippling losses across the country, with 1,334 councillors unseated.

"We've got to be a broad party".

The concessions will include a comprehensive but temporary customs arrangement with the European Union lasting until the next general election, the Times said, citing a source involved in the talks.


But the prospect of the government compromising and accepting Labour's demand for close economic ties with the European Union has infuriated pro-Brexit Conservatives, who are demanding May's resignation.

"The key thing is the Government want to be able to do their own trade deals and my concern is that if we have a trade deal with the United States, for example, that could mean Trump's America and big private healthcare corporations getting their hands on NHS contracts".

Despite Mrs May's calls for unity with Labour over a Brexit deal, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said he does not trust the Prime Minister and accused her of having "blown the confidentiality" of cross-party talks.

The threat of an imminent challenge to Mrs May's position as Conservative leader was lifted last month when the 1922 Committee's executive rejected calls to change party rules which protect her from a no-confidence vote until December.

Opposition MPs have written to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn insisting they will not support a Brexit deal unless there is a firm guarantee it will be put to a confirmatory referendum.

"Breaking the impasse can't just be a question of bailing out the government", Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told Sky News on Saturday.

"But I think if he wants to do it will actually be surprisingly easy to do because our positions are very, very close".

One source told Buzzfeed "the offer would be tantamount to the government accepting in full Labour's demands".

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