Cross-party Brexit negotiations remain delicate says Lidington

Cross-party Brexit negotiations remain delicate says Lidington

He added that discussions couldn't be allowed to "drag on" for an extended period but continued to defend the prime minister's position.

"The finance minister said the government, which is engaging in talks with the opposition Labour party to try and agree changes to Theresa May's Brexit deal that would be acceptable to both sides, was opposed to a 'people's vote".

May has so far been unable to get the exit package she agreed a year ago with the European Union approved by the British parliament, meaning Brexit day has been pushed back to avoid leaving without a deal.


Lidington said the government believed it was possible to gain the benefits of a customs union without losing the power to strike independent trade deals. Details of this process are yet to be announced.

Farage said on Friday that he will stand for the Brexit Party in the European Parliament elections, along with several other candidates including Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the sister of prominent pro-Brexit Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.

If they go badly, it could increase pressure on May to step down.


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 Telegraph commented that May now faces mounting calls by MPs and senior grassroots figures to name a date for her departure as it appeared Britain would have to participate next month in elections to the European Parliament. Both stages are politically very hard because lawmakers are divided over the best way forward for the country.

The UK's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been warned by the party's leader in the European Parliament and other grandees that the party would be deserted by millions of anti-Brexit voters if it fails to clearly back a second referendum in its manifesto for next month's EU elections.


If Britain does not take part in the European Parliament elections but has not ratified an exit deal, the country will leave without any formal agreement on June 1. If a deal has not been agreed and ratified by then, the government will face the choice of leaving without a deal, seeking more time, or even cancelling Brexit altogether.

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