Theresa May Urges Corbyn to Agree to Brexit Deal in Op-Ed

Theresa May Urges Corbyn to Agree to Brexit Deal in Op-Ed

In an indication of the hostility May faces from the most pro-Brexit wing of her party, former leader Iain Duncan Smith renewed his call for her to step down soon, calling her a "caretaker prime minister" after the local election losses. Members are prepared to move to change these rules, however, following the local election results.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Davis said Mr Raab was the "standout candidate" and the "best-placed Brexit candidate to win the necessary support among MPs and party members and, above all, broaden our appeal to voters".

The UK was supposed to leave the European Union on 29 March - but the deadline was delayed until 31 October, after MPs rejected Theresa May's withdrawal agreement three times.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Scottish Conservative conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, Britain May 3, 2019.

Labour may also judge that the Conservatives have more to lose electorally if the Brexit stalemate continues until the European Parliament elections due on May 23. "Now it might be we find some form of deal that diminishes that desire but it will be very hard to achieve and only time will tell on that", he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics.

"Labour and Conservatives at the moment are suffering from this whole Brexit thing - tortuous, sort of endless, Brexit thing and we've got to get beyond it".

They point to big gains in the local elections for the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats and Green Party as evidence the public would welcome a second referendum. "I can't think that any other party in the United Kingdom has raised money like that".

He also said the party should be at the forefront of injecting "lost" optimism about Britain and its future back into the political frame, as well as focusing on a "positive" message for hard-working Britons.

Asked on BBC television if he trusted May, McDonnell said: "No, sorry, not after this weekend when she's blown the confidentiality" of the talks.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Friday there was now a huge impetus on every lawmaker to get a Brexit deal done. The government wants a looser relationship with the bloc that would let Britain strike new trade deals around the world.

"The government has been in talks with the opposition to try to find a unified, cross-party position", May said. "We need to get out of the European Union and get a deal over the line". "It's trying to enter into a contract with a company going into administration", he said.

"We are negotiating with Theresa May's team as requested".

According to lobby group People's Vote, 100 Conservative backbenchers are on the record saying they'd oppose such a deal, while Labour frontbenchers including Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry have stated they would not back a customs union Brexit.

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