Theresa May defends cross-party Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May's formal request to EU Council president Donald Tusk said Britain proposes that the delay

Because Parliament has made clear it will stop the United Kingdom leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all, she said.

That left her with no choice but to reach out to the opposition, the prime minister said.

May is under intense pressure from the eurosceptic wing of her Conservative Party to pull Britain out of the bloc as soon as possible - with or without a deal.

In her statement, Mrs May said that after doing "everything in my power" to persuade her party - and its backers in Northern Ireland's DUP - to approve the deal she agreed with the European Union a year ago, she "had to take a new approach".

She said: The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the United Kingdom never leaving at all.

Amid the impasse, the timetable ahead of Friday's Brexit deadline is compressing greatly, with time seemingly too short to allow a process of government-sanctioned indicative votes by MPs before May goes to Brussels on Wednesday afternoon.

We both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs.

Following the defeat of the plan of this government and a selection of alternatives that were lawmaker-written, May said Britain will need a delay to its European Union passing scheduled for April 12.

The referendum was not fought along party lines and people I speak to on the doorstep tell me they expect their politicians to work together when the national interest demands it.

May's letter said that should she fail to find a compromise with Labour, the two sides "would instead look to establish a consensus on a small number of clear options on the future relationship to be put to (parliament) for a series of votes to determine which course to pursue".

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The document declares mutual ambitions in areas such as trade, regulations, security and fishing rights - but does not legally commit either party.

He added that he was "optimistic that we will reach some form of agreement with Labour".

But speaking later on the same show, Leadsom indicated that it was up to Labour to accept the customs "arrangement" already in May's three-times-rejected deal, and that she and other Brexiter members of May's ministerial team could not accept a full customs union.

The Sunday Telegraph reported some activists were refusing to campaign for the party, while donations had "dried up".

BBC political correspondent Jonathan Blake said the government would not be drawn on what it was willing to offer Labour.

European Union nations must give unanimous backing to any new deadline.

The letter signed by MPs, including shadow ministers, was sent to Corbyn yesterday after negotiations between the Government and Labour were held to break the Brexit deadlock.

Any compromise deal agreed by Parliament will have "no legitimacy if it is not confirmed by the public", it argues.

One of the most senior Brexiters in her government, the leader of the lower house of Parliament, Andrea Leadsom, also said there was a risk of Brexit slipping further from lawmakers' grasp.

"This will require a long delay, it will spark disconnect debates, and once parliament has failed to implement the results of the first, we have no reason to believe that it will also respect those in the second referendum", she said.

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