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

Lamar Ellis
April 15, 2019

Britain's Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington leaves the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain April 3, 2019. "I think those dates still stand", he told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

David Lidington described cross-party Brexit talks as "delicate, hard negotiations" in an interview with the BBC today.

"To leave a party for which I have fought at every election since 1987, from Maggie Thatcher through to Theresa May".

She has been unable to persuade MPs to back the withdrawal terms she has struck with Brussels, but is also unwilling to take Britain out of the European Union with no deal at all.

An Opinium poll published in the Observer newspaper showed the Conservatives at 29 percent, down 6 points from March 28 and 7 points behind Labour.

The "poll of polls" by Electoral Calculus, based on surveys of 8,561 people between April 2 and 11, found that in the event of an immediate general election Labour would become the largest party with 296 seats against 259 for the Tories - a net loss of 59 MPs for Mrs May's party.

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Writing in a Daily Telegraph column, the Conservative MP said: "It is going to happen, and at that wonderful moment it will be as though the lights have come on at some raucous party; or as if a turbulent sea has withdrawn to expose the creatures of the shore".

Farage, a current Member of the European Parliament and former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), was one of the leading lights of the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union before the divisive referendum.

Central among the issues for the talks is whether the government is prepared to give ground to Labour on a future customs union with the European Union - something ministers oppose, but which is a key plank of Labour's Brexit proposal.

Leading British eurosceptic Nigel Farage has launched a new political party with a promise of a "democratic revolution" in United Kingdom politics, beginning with the European Parliament elections in May.

The former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said May should resign next month despite her failure to pass a withdrawal agreement.

"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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