Brexit: Labour pushes back against demands for cross-party deal

Theresa May

He said his party wanted to get a deal done "as soon as possible" but needed guarantees that an agreement would not be "ripped up" by a future Conservative leader.

"To the leader of the opposition, I say this: let's listen to what the voters said in the elections and put our differences aside for a moment".

The Conservative Party could lose four million voters if it takes a harder line on Brexit and tries to "outdo" Nigel Farage, the newest Cabinet minister has warned.

Labour responded by saying any deal should be done quickly, but accused May of leaking details of the compromise under discussion and jeopardising the talks.

Tom Watson, the Labour deputy leader, also told Pienaar's Politics that the party wanted a permanent customs union in any deal and would not be "bailing out" the government by signing up to a bad agreement just to get Brexit sorted.

The concessions will include a comprehensive but temporary customs arrangement with the European Union lasting until the next general election, the Times said, citing a source involved in the talks. "I actually think she's jeopardised the negotiations for her own personal protection".

The threat of an imminent challenge to Mrs May's position as Conservative leader was lifted last month when the 1922 Committee's executive rejected calls to change party rules which protect her from a no-confidence vote until December.

"We've entered these negotiations in good faith - they should be confidential at this stage because if you want to get an agreement you have to be able to respect the position of those sat around the table and we seem to be reading all kinds of things in the newspapers today", he told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

Complicating the picture, the main beneficiaries of the swing against the two major United Kingdom parties were the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, who campaigned on a demand for a new referendum, aiming to reverse Brexit.

"I think the basic rate, taking a penny off that, would be talking to the people who need to know we are on their side", he said.

Moreover, a temporary customs union is likely to raise EU concerns that it could lead to customs checks on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland if it later breaks down, something EU member Ireland objects to strongly.

Separately, British aid minister Rory Stewart said on Sunday the government and the Labour Party agreed on nearly everything about arrangements for Brexit, and that a deal would be easy to do if its leader Jeremy Corbyn wanted one.

One source told Buzzfeed "the offer would be tantamount to the government accepting in full Labour's demands".

"They don't want us to bail the prime minister out of the problem of her own making, and a very large number of our members think the people should decide on what that deal looks like. I can't think that any other party in the United Kingdom has raised money like that".

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