UK government’s Brexit talks with Labour to resume after weekend – May’s spokeswoman

UK government’s Brexit talks with Labour to resume after weekend – May’s spokeswoman

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government’s talks with the Labour Party to try to break the impasse over Brexit will resume after the weekend, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokeswoman said on Friday.

May opened talks with Labour a month ago after her deal to leave the European Union was rejected three times in parliament, but despite both sides saying they are constructive, there is little expectation of breakthrough next week. Continue reading UK government’s Brexit talks with Labour to resume after weekend – May’s spokeswoman

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Local elections have delivered a Lib Dem boost – but could force May and Corbyn closer to a Brexit pact

Local elections have delivered a Lib Dem boost – but could force May and Corbyn closer to a Brexit pact

Local elections in the United Kingdom were held on Thursday 2 May 2019, with 248 English local councils, six directly elected mayors in England, and all 11 localcouncils in Northern Ireland being contested. … The seats in Northern Ireland were last regularly contested in 2014. Continue reading Local elections have delivered a Lib Dem boost – but could force May and Corbyn closer to a Brexit pact

Conservatives in for ‘difficult night’ in local elections

Conservatives in for ‘difficult night’ in local elections

The Conservatives are in for a “difficult night” in Thursday’s local elections, a senior party figure has admitted.

Deputy chairwoman Helen Whately admitted the poll will be a chance to “kick the government”, amid predictions of a backlash over the delay to Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May requested a second delay to Britain’s departure earlier this month. The EU agreed and the UK is now due to leave on 31 October – seven months later than originally planned.

The MP for Faversham and Mid Kent said she had seen “more anger than before” on the doorstep, but stressed it was frustration with politicians in general and not just her party. Continue reading Conservatives in for ‘difficult night’ in local elections

Jeremy Corbyn on course for Downing Street

Jeremy Corbyn on course for Downing Street

oll of polls for The Sunday Telegraph predicts the Conservatives would lose 59 seats if a vote were held today, making Labour the largest party in the Commons. This would not be enough to secure Corbyn a working majority but would put him in prime position to agree a power-sharing deal with other progressive parties such as the SNP, Lib Dems or Change UK. Continue reading Jeremy Corbyn on course for Downing Street

Brexit referendum, a rerun of the 2016 referendum would be ‘perfectly credible’  – Philip Hammond

Brexit referendum, a rerun of the 2016 referendum would be ‘perfectly credible’ – Philip Hammond

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA||The Chancellor claimed a rerun of the 2016 referendum would be ‘perfectly credible’

“It’s a proposition that could and, on all the evidence, is very likely to be put to parliament at some stage,” Hammond said.

Philip Hammond said he hoped parliament would break the Brexit impasse by passing a deal by the end of June, potentially ending the calls for a new referendum, and there was a “good chance” of a breakthrough in talks with the opposition Labour Party.

“I remain optimistic that over the next couple of months we will get a deal done,” he told reporters in Washington where he is attending meetings at the International Monetary Fund.

But a second referendum could not be ruled out.

Continue reading Brexit referendum, a rerun of the 2016 referendum would be ‘perfectly credible’ – Philip Hammond