Cabinet agrees to continue Brexit talks with Labour despite Tory concerns

Adjust Comment Print

The newly formed Brexit Party, led by former U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage, is leading opinion polls for the May 23 contest and could take the largest share of Britain's 73 seats in the European Union legislature.

"You are in denial, the BBC is in denial, the Tory and Labour parties are in denial", said Farage.

Asked if he wanted to become prime minister, Farage shrugged, "No, not particularly".

The Conservatives have all but given up campaigning as dozens of local party chair persons and hundreds of grassroots activists have shunned the elections and offered no help. A YouGov survey released earlier in the day indicated that the Brexit Party continues to lead in voting intention polls, securing support of 34 percent of Britons.

That's what both main parties are demanding of their respective leaders, more loudly now than ever with European elections taking place next week.

The Conservatives were fifth with just ten per cent.

Brexit uncertainty has damaged small businesses after almost three years of negotiations and equivocation, according to research by small business insurer Simply Business.

The British prime minister's chief Brexit negotiator, Olly Robbins, is travelling to Brussels to discuss changes to the political declaration on the UK's future relationship with the EU. Labour and the Tories are polling just 26% combined.

Death toll rises following mysterious crossbow-related deaths at German hotel
Police then searched the home of the 30-year-old female victim in north Germany , where two more bodies were found. DPA reported that prosecutors have ordered an autopsy.

Others have hailed Mr Farage and his colleagues as the only party to deliver what they want.

Anger at the Brexit morass is fueling support for smaller parties ahead of a European Parliament election next week.

"I don't think anyone's in any doubt these are going to be hard elections for us", Damian Hinds, the education minister in Prime Minister May's Cabinet, told the BBC Sunday.

Britain had been due to leave the European Union on March 29, but May was unable to get her divorce deal ratified by parliament.

Called a "confirmatory referendum", Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said unless it is part of any consensus reached in the cross-party talks, at least 150 of his party MPs would vote against it.

The line to Labour members and MPs is that a customs union compromise might be enough to unite divided voters and party.

She also held face-to-face talks with Jeremy Corbyn in her Commons office on Tuesday night to warn him that time was running out for him to agree a cross-party Brexit deal.

Ms Moran said it was "totally wrong" to suggest her decision was linked to an incident which saw police deal with a row between her and her then partner.