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WorldBritain's Brexit talks collapse as May's premiership crumbles

17:30  17 may  2019
17:30  17 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Fight to replace PM May complicating Brexit talks: Labour's McDonnell

Fight to replace PM May complicating Brexit talks: Labour's McDonnell The battle among leading Conservatives to replace Theresa May as prime minister threatens to derail talks with the opposition Labour Party and the bid to find a Brexit compromise, Labour's John McDonnell said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); May, who has offered to quit if lawmakers accept her Brexit deal, opened cross-party talks with Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party more than a month ago after parliament rejected her European Union withdrawal deal three times.

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* Brexit talks are dead - Labour's Corbyn

* May to set out her departure timetable next month

* PM to put withdrawal bill to parliament in June

* Brexiteer Boris Johnson seeks May's job

* Pound falls to $1.275 (Adds May)

Britain's Brexit talks collapse as May's premiership crumbles© REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool Britain's Prime Minster Theresa May leaves an EU election campaign event in Bristol, Britain May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) - Britain's tumultuous divorce from the European Union was again in disarray on Friday after the opposition Labour Party declared last-ditch talks dead due to Prime Minister Theresa May's crumbling government.

Brexit rebels tell Theresa May: Your EU divorce deal is dead

Brexit rebels tell Theresa May: Your EU divorce deal is dead Brexit-supporting rebels in British Prime Minister Theresa May's party said on Wednesday they would vote down her European Union divorce deal when she brings it back to parliament early next month. Brexit had been due to take place on March 29 but lawmakers rejected the withdrawal agreement that May struck with Brussels three times. The United Kingdom is now scheduled to leave the EU by Oct. 31. May will bring a Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which implements the departure terms, in the week beginning June 3 - the same date that U.S. President Donald Trump begins a state visit to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth.

Prime Minister Theresa May ’ s EU counterparts still see the “no-deal scenario” she threatened them with as most unlikely, as they “This is the growing feeling, absolutely,” a senior EU official said of concerns that talks could collapse , not because Britain saw economic advantage in that, as May has warned

Brexit LATEST: Talks between May and Corbyn are set to collapse (Image: GETTY). But several Tory Brexiteers want Britain to negotiate its own trade The chairman of Parliament’ s Brexit committee told BBC radio: "If the talks are not going anywhere, from my point of view that leads to only one conclusion.

Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted 52% to 48% in a referendum to leave the EU, it remains unclear how, when or even if it will leave the European club it joined in 1973. The current deadline to leave is Oct. 31.

Brexit talks between May's Conservative Party and Labour collapsed hours after May agreed on Thursday to set out in early June a timetable for her departure.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to May on Friday informing her that the Brexit talks, which began on April 3, had "gone as far as they can" due to the instability of her government and its refusal to fundamentally shift its position.

UK leader under pressure as rivals push for the end of May

UK leader under pressure as rivals push for the end of May British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing an uncomfortable meeting with Conservative Party lawmakers who are demanding she quit within weeks.Executive members of a committee that oversees party leadership contests are meeting May Wednesday. Committee member Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said members wanted May to "set out a timetable to trigger a leadership contest." Pro-Brexit lawmakers are furious that Britain has not yet left the European Union, almost three years after voters backed Brexit in a referendum. Many blame May for the impasse. May argues that she struck a divorce deal with the EU, but it has been rejected by Parliament three times.

As in-fighting consumes the British government, Europeans have stepped up quiet preparations for a possible collapse of Brexit talks that could see Britain

May ' s Brexit minister, David Davis, is expected back in Brussels on Monday for a fifth round of negotiations with Barnier. But though British ministers talk of a "bespoke" deal to exit EU rules while retaining market access, EU officials warn that time is running out for London to find any option other

"We have been unable to bridge important policy gaps between us," Corbyn, a socialist who voted against joining the predecessor of the EU in 1975, wrote to May.

"Even more crucially, the increasing weakness and instability of your government means there cannot be confidence in securing whatever might be agreed between us," Corbyn said.

He said Labour would oppose May's deal when it returns to parliament early next month. He later told reporters there was no chance of getting even part of a Brexit deal ratified by the end of July.

The divorce deal, which May agreed last year with the EU, has been rejected three times by parliament. May will put the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, legislation required to enact the exit deal, to a vote in parliament in early June.

A source in May's office said the bill would not be the same thing parliament had rejected and will contain new features to reflect some lawmakers’ concerns.

Jeremy Corbyn Halts Brexit Talks With Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn Halts Brexit Talks With Theresa May LONDON — Bipartisan talks on extricating Britain from the European Union collapsed on Friday, when the opposition Labour Party pulled out, ending the latest attempt to salvage the beleaguered Brexit process and leaving it in a familiar state of deadlock. In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, wrote that the negotiations “have now gone as far as they can,” blaming the government’s weakness for the latest stalemate. Sign up for the Morning Briefing Newsletter.

Mrs May ’ s answer is the Brexit package she hopes to finalise at the coming weekend summit with the EU27. In truth, the deal is a bad one. Not, as Brexit fundamentalists would have it, because it ties Britain too closely to the EU. Nor because of the “backstop” to guarantee an open border between

By Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - As in-fighting consumes the British government, Europeans have stepped up quiet preparations for a possible collapse of Brexit talks that could see Britain crash out of the EU without a deal 18 months from now.

Looking uncomfortable as she delivered a televised message to voters ahead of the European Parliament elections, May suggested Labour's internal divisions over a second referendum were to blame for the failure of the talks.

The pound sank to $1.275, its lowest level since mid-January.

May's hands have been tied, knowing that to make concessions to Labour would lead to fury in her divided party. Labour has feared any compromises on issues such as workers' rights would be torn up by May's successor.

Britain’s labyrinthine crisis over Brexit has stunned allies and foes alike, and with deadlock in London, the world's fifth largest economy faces an array of options including an exit with a deal to smooth the transition, a no-deal exit, an election or a second referendum.

MAY ENDS IN JUNE

The Brexit impasse is unlikely to be broken soon.

After she puts her deal to a vote in the week of June 3, when U.S. President Donald Trump is due to make a state visit to Britain, May has said she will agree a timetable for the election of her successor.

Before then, the government is considering holding a series of "indicative votes" to see what path, if any, lawmakers might be able to agree.

UK's May tweaks Brexit deal in last-ditch bid to win support

UK's May tweaks Brexit deal in last-ditch bid to win support British Prime Minister Theresa May has secured backing from her Cabinet for tweaks to her proposed European Union divorce terms that she hopes can finally get Parliament's approval for her thrice-rejected Brexit deal. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The Cabinet met for three hours to work out details of what May has called a "bold offer" to win support for her Brexit agreement. May was due to give details of what's being billed as her "new deal" in a speech later Tuesday.

May ’ s Brexit minister, David Davis, is expected back in Brussels on Monday for a fifth round of negotiations with Barnier. “We could save ourselves all this analysing,” the diplomat said, “As he’d just drive the talks straight off the cliff.” Britain ' s Prime Minister Theresa May coughs as she

By Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - As in-fighting consumes the British government, Europeans have stepped up quiet preparations for a possible collapse of Brexit talks that could see Britain crash out of the EU without a deal 18 months from now.

"When we come to bring the legislation forward we will think carefully about ... the outcome of these talks, we will also consider whether we have some votes to see if the ideas that have come through command a majority in the House of Commons," May said.

Boris Johnson, the face of the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, said he would be standing as a candidate to replace May as Conservative leader.

"As we look to the future, we have to listen to the public," Simon Clarke, a Conservative lawmaker, said on Twitter. "Boris Johnson is the only candidate who increases likelihood to vote Conservative among both our 2017 voters & people planning to vote (for the newly formed) Brexit Party."

The winner of a leadership contest will automatically become prime minister and will take control of the Brexit process, which has plunged Britain into its worst political crisis since World War Two.

Johnson has been one of May's most outspoken critics over Brexit and supports leaving the EU without a deal. Parliament has repeatedly said it does not want a no-deal Brexit.

The Brexit crisis has left the United Kingdom divided and smaller parties - such as Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and the pro-EU Liberal Democrats - are poaching support from both the Conservative and Labour parties at the fastest rate for decades.

"Britain is divided down the middle over Brexit: it was in 2016 and it is in 2019 - and that is one of the reasons why this issue is so difficult to resolve," John Curtice, Britain's top polling expert, told Reuters.

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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