Let's make a Brexit deal, UK PM May tells Labour opposition

Pound Faces Jolt as Local Elections Give Impetus to Brexit Talks

The prime minister is trying to soothe nerves amongst some Brexiteers in her own party who fear that she will this week sign a soft Brexit deal with Jeremy Corbyn...

Her plea comes days after the Conservatives were hammered in local elections in England - the reverse was the worst by a Tory government since John Major's administration in the 1990s.

Labour's Corbyn has made a permanent customs union with the EU a condition for supporting May's Brexit plans, while the Conservatives oppose a customs union as it would stop Britain from reaching its own trade deals with other countries.

Asked what the consequences would be if May and Corbyn strike a deal on the Customs Union, locking the United Kingdom into regulatory alignment with the EU and killing future global trade deals, the Brexit Party leader said, "If they push forward with this, it will be seen as a coalition of politicians against the people and I think millions of people will give up on both Labour and the Conservatives".

As well as ruling out a no-deal Brexit, this involves working for a "pragmatic" Brexit that keeps us close to Europe economically, he said - but it will still be hard to get Conservative Remainers to come back to the party.

Labour also suffered losses as voters punished both main parties for the Brexit impasse.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, May told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: "Let's do a deal".

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 we need to be in the mood for compromise", he said.

A deal based around Britain staying in a customs union with the EU is expected to be agreed this week, the Sunday Express reports.

Earlier on Saturday, Buzzfeed News reported sources saying that May was optimistic about a deal, and that behind closed doors the government had already compromised on a customs union.

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.

Mrs May is now seeking Labour support to get an agreement through Parliament. Cross-party talks are set to resume Tuesday to try to hash out a way forward for the U.K.'s divorce from the EU.

It is unclear if the European Union would approve a temporary customs deal, as border controls might later be needed between Ireland and Northern Ireland if the deal broke down.



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