Brexit cannot define us, says UK PM's deputy as ratings dip

Second Brexit referendum vote could happen, says Hammond

May says she still hopes Britain can leave the EU before the country has to take part in elections for the European Parliament in late May.

May, 62, took power in the aftermath of Britain's surprise 2016 vote to leave the European Union and has seen her government paralyzed by divisions over Brexit and unable to enact an ambitious reform agenda to tackle social injustice. But, the timetable for doing so is very tight.

"If Labour does not reconfirm its support for a confirmatory public vote on any Brexit deal in its manifesto, then it will hemorrhage votes to parties who do have a clear message".

The UK Parliament is now in recess until April 23, giving Farage's Brexit Party the opportunity to grab the media and public's attention, and take advantage of the fact that the issue of Brexit is dominating political discourse in Britain.

In a television interview on Sunday, May's de facto deputy prime minister, the Cabinet Minister David Lidington said he did not think talks between the government and the Labour party, looking for a consensus Brexit deal, could be allowed to drag out for much longer.

Hunt, a Brexit convert and Tory leadership hopeful, said passing the European Union withdrawal bill remained a priority for the government, as reports suggested leading cabinet members were happy for May to stay in office until the autumn if she failed to get her deal through parliament. Details of this process are yet to be announced.

Labour would increase its number of MPs by 34, making them the largest party in the British parliament.

May's authority has been shattered by her three-time failure to get an exit deal approved by parliament and a pledge to quit once Brexit is delivered, driving speculation about her successor and a possible national election.

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 government will have only a month to take all the steps it needs to complete to keep to May's timetable of leaving before European parliament elections. Both stages are politically very hard because lawmakers are divided over the best way forward for the country.

However, there is no formal mechanism with which dissatisfied lawmakers can oust her without also raising the possibility of a general election and a Labour government. This was set out on April 11 when the European Union agreed to offer May more time.

Britain has managed to secure a fresh delay to Brexit until the end of October.

Steve Murrells, chief executive of retailer Co-op group, told the BBC the government had "kicked the can down the road" on Brexit, but that his firm would continue to plan for the worst-case scenario of leaving without a deal.

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