Six-week talks end without a Brexit compromise agreement

Talks between the government and Labour to find a Brexit compromise have ended without an agreement, as Theresa May’s premiership enters its final weeks.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn said uncertainty over commitments meant the talks had “gone as far as they can”.

The Prime Minister initiated the cross-party talks over six weeks ago to try to find a breakthrough.

Labour has been seeking agreement on a customs union, single market alignment and protections for rights and standards. But the party claims the government has refused to move its red lines and substantially change the Prime Minister’s deal.

The government has announced it will bring forward the withdrawal agreement bill in early June, in a last effort to approve the Prime Minister’s deal.

MPs have already rejected the withdrawal agreement three times.

The Prime Minister hopes pressure from EU election results, which will be announced on 26th May, will force MPs to reconsider their position. It is likely she will resign if the bill does not pass second reading.

However, without Labour’s support it is unlikely the bill will pass. Labour has said that without firm commitments for a new deal it will not support the bill.