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US NewsMay's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support

00:40  15 may  2019
00:40  15 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

PM urged to ditch Brexit talks with Labour and move to indicative votes

PM urged to ditch Brexit talks with Labour and move to indicative votes Education Secretary Damian Hinds also expressed support for finding a ‘stable majority’.

Theresa May has pledged to give MPs another opportunity to vote on Brexit early next month, with or without Labour ’ s backing, after Jeremy Corbyn But Downing Street insisted that the government was determined to bring forward the key piece of Brexit legislation – the withdrawal agreement bill

May vows to put Brexit deal to MPs in early June . There has been no agreement struck with Labour to support the new withdrawal agreement bill, and Jeremy Corbyn said he made clear the need for further compromise from May in the hour-long discussion, with talks set to continue.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Thomson Reuters British Prime Minister Theresa May talks with a case worker and domestic violence survivor at Advance Charity offices in West London, where she discussed support for victims of domestic violence, in Britain May 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS Theresa May last night made a 'final offer' to Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit, as she bowed to Cabinet demands to accelerate efforts to take Britain out of the EU.

In a high risk move, Mrs May told the Cabinet that she would finally bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill legislation in the week beginning June 3 – with or without a deal with Labour – in the hope of getting a version of her deal through Parliament at the fourth attempt.

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[The PM ] has been very clear that any gatherings of more than six people would be illegal and would Some 5,407 (67%) out of 8,117 people who tested positive for Covid-19 between May 28 and June 3 provided details of She cautioned that there was still a risk of a resurgence in infections, but added: “We This is now the time to seriously consider a basic income pilot as part of a UK -wide Covid-19

[The PM ] has been very clear that any gatherings of more than six people would be illegal and would Some 5,407 (67%) out of 8,117 people who tested positive for Covid-19 between May 28 and June 3 provided details of She cautioned that there was still a risk of a resurgence in infections, but added: “We This is now the time to seriously consider a basic income pilot as part of a UK -wide Covid-19

That is the same week that President Trump is due to make a three-day state visit to the UK.

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It will also come just after the May 23 European elections in which the Tories are expected to take a huge battering from voters over delays to Brexit.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Theresa May (pictured yesterday) last night made a 'final offer' to Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit, as she bowed to Cabinet demands to accelerate efforts to take Britain out of the EU

Allies of Mrs May last night denied that she was setting out a timetable for her departure from No 10 in the summer. But the vote is likely to determine her political future.

She is expected to tell Tory grandees tomorrow that she is prepared to step aside at the end of July if her deal has gone through. But senior Tories believe that she could not survive her deal being rejected by MPs for a fourth time.

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Nigel Farage, Brexit’s Loudest Voice, Seizes Comeback Chance CLACTON-ON-SEA, England — The campaign bus draws up and out steps a familiar figure in a smart suit and tie, who strides down the street, stopping at a pub, where he poses for pictures grinning with his pint, as he has done countless times before . Nigel Farage — Britain’s most famous and pugilistic populist — is back on the trail. Mr. Farage spent two decades promoting withdrawal from the European Union. When Britons voted for it in a 2016 referendum, and Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservatives promised to see it through, he shifted his focus to media work, hosting a radio show and appearing on television news programs.

Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech on the new Brexit deal . That is why when two Labour MPs , Lisa Nandy and Gareth Snell, put forward their proposals to give Parliament a Eight - the Government will bring forward a customs compromise for MPs to decide on to break the deadlock.

If MPs pass May ' s Brexit deal next week then Britain can stay in the bloc until May 22 to pass Mrs May is expected to hold a vote to gauge support among MPs for the seven main paths for Brexit Tonight she will head to Chequers and is expected to focus on wooing Tory remainers and Labour

She is up against an October 31 deadline, when Britain is currently scheduled to leave the EU after an extension was agreed last month.

For Britain to leave with a deal she will have to win a majority for her withdrawal agreement and pass the Bill which enacts it into domestic law.

Downing Street said the Cabinet agreed it was now 'imperative' that the legislation is passed before Parliament breaks up for the summer at the end of July – meaning it will be brought forward with or without a deal with Labour.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) is demanding a customs union deal and is under pressure from his own MPs to demand a second referendum too

The fresh Commons votes will come shortly after European elections in which the Conservatives are predicted to poll badly.

Some polls have shown the Tories dropping to fourth or even fifth behind Labour, the Brexit Party, the Lib Dems and the Greens.

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The conditions are ripe for the biggest Brexit backlash imaginable On an unseasonably chilly May afternoon, Nigel Farage looks out at the rows of empty seats at Fylde AFC, a Lancashire football club, the site of the latest of his Brexit Party rallies (eight and counting). He knows the stands will soon be filled with over 1,600 paying punters who will come to cheer, to jeer and to hear not only from the man himself - now nothing short of a political folk hero - but a full slate of Brexit Party candidates, including Ann Widdecombe, a Tory of five decades' standing. © Getty Britain in 2019 is a petri dish of populism and prime for a revolt Mr Farage is pleased with his latest signing.

THERESA MAY took her ultimate Brexit gamble last night by offering MPs a vote on a second EU referendum. It was a last-ditch bid to win backing for her Brussels deal as her enemies circled. She also sought to win over Labour MPs by dangling the prospect of keeping the country in a

While the UK has agreed the terms of its EU departure, both sides still need to decide what their A free trade agreement will allow goods to move around the EU without checks or extra charges. After MPs voted down the deal for a third time , Mrs May resigned. Mr Johnson needed a Brexit extension

The PM may be hoping that a disastrous Conservative result will spook her MPs into supporting a deal to get Brexit over the line.

In addition, giving MPs a vote on the Bill - as opposed to the 'meaningful votes' which have taken place already - may help persuade Speaker John Bercow to allow another vote.

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Citing a convention that dates back to 1604, Mr Bercow said in March that the PM could not keep bringing the same package back to the Commons unless it was substantially different.

The new deadline is a significant concession to Brexiteer cabinet ministers, led by Andrea Leadsom. Arriving at Cabinet yesterday, Mrs Leadsom said: 'We've got to get on with Brexit … so whatever that takes, we have to deliver Brexit urgently'.

After weeks of deadlock, Mrs May surprised Westminster by requesting a face-to-face meeting with the Labour leader last night to decide whether there is any prospect of the two sides agreeing a soft Brexit compromise.

The PM told Mr Corbyn that the timetable set a two-week deadline on the cross-party talks that have limped on for six weeks. Earlier, Mrs May briefed the Cabinet on the concessions she was willing to offer in return for Mr Corbyn's support in getting her Brexit deal through Parliament.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Labour is increasing the gap between them and the Tories, a new opinion poll revealed today

Sources said Mrs May indicated she was prepared to agree a temporary 'customs arrangement' that would see Britain remain in the customs union in all but name until the next election. She also warned ministers that she was willing to sign a deal that would see the UK's labour laws and environmental standards in lock step with the EU after Brexit.

Pressure yesterday intensified on Mrs May to abandon talks with Labour's hard-Left leader. Former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon described the talks as 'a blind alley taking us into a customs union' which would be worse than staying in the EU.

In an ominous development, the Tories' backbench shop steward Sir Graham Brady joined 13 former cabinet ministers in warning that a deal with Labour would 'split our party' and create such division that it would probably fail to gain a majority. It came as:

■Former Tory minister Crispin Blunt said the Conservatives would 'almost certainly' have to sign an electoral pact with Nigel Farage's Brexit Party to survive the next election;

■Tory sources blamed the shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer for 'undermining' the cross-party talks by pushing for a second referendum in order to burnish his own leadership prospects;

■Jeremy Hunt warned that both main parties would be 'crucified' by voters if they failed to deliver on the 2016 referendum result;

■The Government's chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins prepared to open talks with the EU today on whether some of Labour's demands could be added to the deal agreed with Mrs May last year;

■Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell performed a U-turn on calls for a second referendum, saying that the option to remain in the EU should be on the ballot – six months after he said that would fail to 'respect the last referendum';

■An opinion poll gave Labour a nine-point lead over the Conservatives, potentially putting Mr Corbyn on track for No 10 at the head of a coalition government.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jeremy Corbyn will be smiling today after a new opinion poll put Labour nine points ahead of the Tories if there was a general election

At a three-hour Cabinet meeting Mrs May said the public wanted politicians to reach a compromise. She said the Tories had to resist calls to follow Mr Farage in pursuing a No Deal Brexit, saying: 'We can't give in to absolutism.'

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, and Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary, may favour the PM bringing back her deal But Mr Hunt, who is among the favourites to succeed Mrs May, said the decision to take No Deal off the table in March had undermined negotiations, allowing the EU to not be 'as flexible as they might otherwise have been'.

Senior Tories believe that Mr Corbyn and his closest allies are interested in striking a deal that would allow him to portray himself as a statesman. But one Tory source said: 'It's as clear as day that Starmer is trying to position himself as the hero of Remain in order to take over from Corbyn.'

A Downing Street spokesman said: 'This evening the Prime Minister met the Leader of the Opposition to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU.

'We will therefore be bringing forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning the June 3.'

Calls for Mrs May to leave office have intensified since this month's local elections when the Conservatives lost 1,300 seats.

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Ministers now fear a bloodbath at the hands of Nigel Farage's Brexit Party next week when the country goes to the polls for European parliament elections that would not have taken place if the UK had left the EU on time.

A YouGov poll yesterday found that the Tories were on course to slump to fifth place behind the Greens in next week's elections.

The survey for the Times put the Brexit Party on 34 points, well ahead of Labour on 16, the Liberal Democrats on 15 and the Greens on 11. The poll put Tory support on just 10 per cent.

Despite today's positive general election poll furious Labour MPs rounded on Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit last night as he appeared in front of the party's backbenchers.

During a mammoth meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, MPs from both sides of the debate turned on their leader, questioning his lack of a clear stance on Brexit and his ability to become Prime Minister.

It came as party deputy leader Tom Watson added to Labour's confusion over Brexit by declaring it was now the party of 'remain and reform'.

At the party meeting, second-referendum campaigner Peter Kyle told Mr Corbyn: 'Jeremy, I urge you to simplify our policy so people realise we are talking with absolute sincerity.'

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Andrea Leadsom, pictured today, said: 'Brexit has to be delivered, whatever it takes' Brexiteer John Mann said: 'We are losing votes in the North and Midlands. If you cannot get this right, you cannot be Prime Minister.

'There should be free votes for Labour in this Parliament. Labour voters are divided in a very big way.'

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Theresa May (pictured last night) is being urged to turn her back on Labour for the good of the Tory party Wes Streeting told Mr Corbyn: 'We need clear leadership in order to win the next general election.'

Yesterday a former Labour minister under Tony Blair quit the party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's record on Brexit and tackling anti-Semitism saying: 'I joined the Labour Party. Not a cult'.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in Downiig Street today Bridget Prentice, who was MP for Lewisham East from 1992 to 2010, claimed the party had 'been destroyed' under Mr Corbyn's leadership.

In a strongly-worded attack she said that 'in all the major issues of the day, you have called it wrong'.

Ms Prentice, who served as a whip and junior justice minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, said 'enough is enough' and she was resigning with 'deepest sadness and some anger' after 45 years of party membership.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt leaves after attending the weekly meeting of the Cabinet

Labour's John McDonnell reveals talks with May have STALLED and says 13 ex-ministers saying a new Tory PM would tear up any cross-party deal 'hasn't helped' as EU reveals it is already preparing to extend Brexit til 2020

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited shadow chancellor John McDonnell revealed that chances of a breakthrough look slim Labour's John McDonnell today revealed that Brexit talks with the Tories have stalled badly declaring: 'We are nowhere near what we want'.

The shadow chancellor also said that a gang of Theresa May's former cabinet ministers telling her any deal could be scrapped by her successor 'has not helped' chances of a breakthrough in cross-party talks.

A group of 13 former ministers and senior Tories including leadership favourite Boris Johnson have written to Mrs May today, saying she will lose the 'loyal middle' of her party if she strikes a deal with Labour, branding it a 'blind alley'.

Mr McDonnell, whose party wants a permanent customs union and may also demand a second referendum as the price for any deal, said this afternoon that the PM's crumbling powerbase 'gives us no security'.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Theresa May (pictured last night) is being urged to turn her back on Labour for the good of the Tory party He said: 'We are not near what we want. Boris Johnson is certainly going to be in contention for the leadership. Very likely to be the next leader, in a situation where he in his letter today says he is not going to accept a customs union, and, actually, he will overturn the deal that we negotiate'.

Today it emerged that EU officials are already talking about a further extension of Article 50 to June 2020 because they don't expect any breakthrough in Westminster before the current October 31 deadline, according Charles Grant from the respected Centre for European Reform.

Talks with Labour resumed yesterday after seven weeks without any breakthrough, and today the Prime Minister came under intense pressure from ministers at a Cabinet meeting this morning Brexiteers urged her to pull the plug immediately.

Ministers agreed to continue Brexit talks with Labour but acknowledged it was 'imperative' to get withdrawal legislation through Parliament before the summer break, Downing Street said.

But one Cabinet source told MailOnline the two-hour discussion had 'pretty much kicked the can further down the road' - another insisted they had avoided any major confrontation over how to proceed.

Today's incendiary letter to Mrs May, signed by Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Esther McVey and chairman of the 1922 committee Sir Graham Brady, warned of the risk of a 'democratic deficit' if a backroom deal with the opposition is hatched.

It is also implicit that the rebel group, made up of leadership contenders, would try tear up any soft Brexit agreement with Labour once Mrs May resigns.

Cabinet had an 'extensive' two hour discussion on the Brexit talks this morning, the Prime Minister's official spokesman has said.

Her de facto deputy David Lidington also gave an overview of the discussions with Labour, and a 'very significant' number of ministers spoke, he said.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Boris Johnson has signed the letter to Theresa May The meeting stressed the 'pressing need to get on with delivering the result of the referendum' and cabinet agreed to continue the discussions with Labour to 'see what was possible', the spokesman revealed.

But ministers concluded that it was 'imperative' the Withdrawal Bill based on Theresa May's deal should be brought forward and passed before the summer recess.

Former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who also signed the letter drawn up by ex-ministers, said today he would rather stay in the EU than sign up to the customs union after Brexit - and urged the Prime Minister to sack off talks with Mr Corbyn now.

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dominic Raab has signed the letter to Theresa May

He said: 'The talks clearly aren't getting anywhere. It's a blind alley. It's far better to concentrate on the arrangements in Northern Ireland, the one thing there is a majority for. If a [Labour] deal is going to include a permanent customs union then frankly we are better off staying in the EU because at least then we'd have a voice. We can't say we are leaving then half-stay in it'.

Mrs May is set to let MPs decide on how to break the Brexit deadlock as her own furious ministers urged her to end talks with Labour immediately.

The Prime Minister will offer the Commons a series of 'definitive votes' to try to settle the matter after the European elections conclude on May 23 - a plan backed by remainers in her cabinet.

Brexiteer ministers including Andrea Leadsom are said to prefer bringing back her deal to the Commons and concentrating on getting the EU to change the Irish backstop clause of Britain's divorce deal.

Some 13 former ministers, together with the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, have written to the Prime Minister urging her not to concede Labour's key demand of a customs union and potentially a second referendum.

The signatories also include Gavin Williamson, who she sacked as defence secretary this month.

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Tories slump to FIFTH place behind Lib Dems and Greens as EU election voters flock to Farage's Brexit Party

May's new Brexit gamble: PM to put her withdrawal deal to MPs for a FOURTH time on June 3 in high-risk move as she bids to take UK out of EU before summer with or without Labour support © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Tories face the ignominy of finishing fifth in the EU elections as Nigel Farage continues to give them a battering, a new poll revealed yesterday.

The Brexit Party is racing ahead with a predicted 34 per cent of the vote on May 23 - but Theresa May's Conservatives are heading for just 10 per cent, a YouGov survey found.

This would put the Prime Minister's party in fifth place behind the Greens and the Liberal Democrats, who were on 15 per cent and 11 per cent respectively.

The collapse in support for the Conservative Party is piling pressure on Mrs May to set a date for her departure from No 10 - but Labour is also down five points on 16 per cent, with confusion over their Brexit position continuing.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the Brexiteer European Research Group of Tories, appealed for disillusioned Conservatives to stick with the party for the sake of Theresa May's replacement.

He said: 'I would appeal to their loyalty, to their tradition and to say that the Conservative Party will get a new leader at some point. We have gone from 40 per cent to 10 per cent in the polls and those are Eurosceptics. It is forgetting about them that is destroying the Tory party's vote'.

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