UK's May defends talks with Labour: Brexit

UK's May defends talks with Labour: Brexit

But Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom said on Sunday a no-deal scenario wouldn't be "nearly as grim as many would advocate".

The longer this lasts, the greater the risk that the United Kingdom will not leave at all, the prime minister underlined.

There is now very little sign that May will travel to next week's emergency European council summit with the coherent plan the EU says will be necessary to grant the United Kingdom a further delay to Brexit, which is now scheduled to happen on Friday.

Political analysts in London said May probably knows that her new deadline will be rejected because European Union leaders do not think she can get her deal through parliament any time soon.

"The sad thing is at the moment, we haven't seen overall any real changes to the deal, but we are hopeful that will change in coming days, and we are willing to continue the talks as we know the government are", Long-Bailey told the BBC on Sunday.

In a clear attempt at placating her hard Brexiteer party MPs, May insisted that there are areas where the two main United Kingdom parties, Conservatives and Labour, agree.

"I haven't noticed any great change in the government's position so far", Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday.

Labour is pushing May to accept a much closer post-Brexit alliance with the bloc that includes its participation in a customs union.

The Sunday Telegraph said ministers are discussing whether to resign if a Brexit delay means Britain must field candidates.

"I don't think we are quite at the point where the government can indicate where their concessionary strategy might apply", deputy Labour leader Tom Watson told BBC radio.

Britain has until Friday to approve the existing withdrawal agreement, to change course and seek a further delay to Brexit, or to crash out of the European Union without an agreement. "It's hard to imagine that we are going to make real progress now without either a general election or a second referendum on any deal she can get over the line in parliament", she told Sky News.

"It's not almost as grim as many would advocate", she said. "I'm not an advocate for no deal, but it would not be almost as bad as many like to think it would be". If we can not secure a majority among Conservative and DUP MPs we have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons. "They have been setting out theirs and hopefully at the beginning of next week we will be having further discussions".

She refused to rule out Labour backing a revocation of article 50, saying the party wanted to stop no deal "in any situation".

We can then get on with building a new relationship with our nearest neighbours that will unlock the full potential of Brexit and deliver the brighter future that the British people voted for.

May's formal request to EU Council president Donald Tusk said Britain proposes that the delay "should end on June 30 2019" - the same date she asked for at the last EU summit last month.

However, EU leaders favor a longer delay to avoid another round of cliff-edge preparations and politics.

But leading Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg on Sunday slammed May's move to include Labour in the Brexit talks, and blamed her for failing to take Britain out of the European Union already.

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