Theresa May in secret talks over three-way second referendum

Margrethe Vestager

If that proves impossible, the government will make sure the EU Withdrawal Agreement is "done and dusted" before Parliament rises for the summer, meaning Brexit day would be August 1.

She is immune from a leadership contest until December after surviving one past year.

Anger at her leadership has flared up following last week's dismal local election results, and the chairman of the 1922 committee of Conservative MPs, Graham Brady, met May on Tuesday to relay their concerns.

Theresa May is in secret discussions over a second Brexit referendum which would give the British public a three-way choice between her deal, no deal and staying in the European Union, according to reports.

"The mood inside the meetings has been constructive, it has been hard at times, I won't deny that because there are differences between the two political parties", David Lidington, minister for the Cabinet Office, told reporters.

A Labour spokesman said the party hoped to establish "in the next few days" whether a deal was possible.




British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will urge both pro-EU voters and Brexit supporters on Thursday (9 May) to vote for his opposition party at this month's European election, a poll he blamed on the Conservative government's "complete failure" to steer the country out of the bloc.

"In 2015, he was arguing for exactly the same thing saying we could leave the European Union, just like Norway had done, which is still a member of the single market".

"Nigel Farage is certainly doing a better job than Theresa May in leading, but this is an issue larger than party politics", he told The Argus, adding, "I don't think anyone could do a worse job than she's doing".

If their talks fail, May has pledged to allow the parliament to decide on a new strategy in a series of votes. The impasse forced her to seek a delay to the Brexit deadline which now stands at 31 October.

The UK and Gibraltar will now definitely have to take part in the European elections on the 23rd of May. Downing Street, meanwhile, said its aim is that the UK's MEPs never have to take up their seats.

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