Labour MPs refuse to back Brexit deal without second referendum

Prime Minister Theresa May makes her way through the crowd after she delivers her keynote speech on the final day of the Conservative Party Conference in the International Convention Centre

British Prime Minister Theresa May has carried out "scenario planning" for a second Brexit referendum in case she is forced by parliament to hold one, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Monday.

He made the claim as Theresa May's de facto deputy - David Lidington - appearing to admit defeat in avoiding the May 23 poll.

The Government has since been holding cross-party talks with Labour in a bid to break the deadlock and get an earlier leaving date for the UK.

"In terms of legitimacy, if the Brexit Party wins this election arguing for a WTO Brexit, and we get significant support and we win, I think we will have democratic legitimacy to have a say in how we proceed from here", said Farage at a press conference on Tuesday.

"Ideally we would like to be in a situation where those MEPs from the United Kingdom never actually take their seats in the European parliament, certainly to get this done and dusted by the summer recess", the minister added. The Labour talks are an attempt by May to find a new path to what she calls "a stable majority" for a deal.

The talks were given new urgency by last week's local elections in Britain, which saw the Conservatives hammered and Labour also lose ground as voters expressed anger at the Brexit mess.

Senior Conservative and Labour lawmakers are meeting to see whether they can reach a compromise.

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The head of a powerful Conservative committee is due to meet May Tuesday to deliver a demand for "clarity" about her departure date.

Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government had been desperate to avoid United Kingdom participation in polls for United Kingdom seats in the 751-seat European Union legislature.

May was not alone in wanting to avoid European elections.

Pressure on both sides to make progress was heightened by the parties' poor performance in last week's local elections, which both Conservative and Labour leaderships interpreted as a message from voters to get on with delivering Brexit.

So far, there has been no agreement and few held out any hope of a breakthrough.

Nevertheless John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said on Friday that any customs union would need to be permanent and warned No 10 that "to get any deal over the line you've got to recognise there will be a large number of MPs in parliament who actually do support a public vote".

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