United Kingdom government to resume cross-party Brexit talks next week

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2019

If we offer a confirmatory ballot we could do very well'.

The message from Mr Corbett, who leads Labour's 20 MEPs, comes amid growing fears the party could lose a generation of young, EU-supporting voters if Labour does not guarantee another public vote.

The Labour MEP's words have been backed by the party's foreign secretary Margaret Beckett, who said a "lack of clarity" could cost Labour not only the European Union election but the next general election too.

Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell described the talks as "positive" and "constructive" but refused to reveal whether the Government had moved on any of its red lines.

Hunt, a Brexit convert and Tory leadership hopeful, said passing the European Union withdrawal bill remained a priority for the government, as reports suggested leading cabinet members were happy for May to stay in office until the autumn if she failed to get her deal through parliament.

"In my view that clear and simple message should be that there should be a confirmatory vote of the British people".

He said next week's meeting will focus on issues including environmental standards, workers rights and the new security relationship with the EU.

Prime Minister Theresa May's defacto deputy, David Lidington said the cross-parti talks are "certainly going to continue" this week.

"I think what matters is that we have a cabinet that believes in Brexit, and we believe in Brexit, whichever way we voted in the referendum, because we're all democrats and we think that there are great opportunities for this country, whichever choice it makes", Hunt told BBC Radio 4's Today programme from Japan, where he met the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is coming under increasing pressure from his own party members to fully commit the party's support to a confirmatory referendum.

The Sunday Times runs with its so-called "Labour files" for a second week running, and claims Mr Corbyn has privately admitted that evidence of anti-Semitism within the party has been "mislaid, ignored or not used".

"What the prime minister has to do now is aim everything towards departure before the euros (European elections) which would then allow her to step away having done what she said she would do - get the United Kingdom out of the European Union one way or the other", he told Sky News.

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