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MPs in eurosceptic ERG 'will vote against' May's Brexit deal in June

Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn has resisted calls to campaign for a second referendum Credit Dan Kitwood Getty Images
Patty Aguilar | 15 May, 2019, 16:09

However, parliament has been in deadlock over Brexit for months and has rejected the deal three times.

Presumably the PM and ministers have noticed that mortgaging the UK's Brexit future to Jeremy Corbyn is haemorrhaging the Tory vote.

The vote is expected to take place in the week beginning June 3, Downing Street has announced.

"The factual position is if MEPs are elected and (the British) parliament has not approved a withdrawal agreement bill which has achieved royal assent by June 30, they will take their seats", May's spokesman said.

"Tomorrow talks will continue at an official level as we seek the stable majority in Parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the UK's swift exit from the European Union".

The Prime Minister is understood to have requested the meeting, and also dispatched her chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins to Brussels for two days of talks about the possibility of making changes to the Political Declaration to strengthen protections for workers rights and request a say in future European Union trade deals for the UK.

Ministers and the Labour frontbench are in their seventh week of talks in an attempt to reach consensus.

The government calculates that if a majority of lawmakers can be persuaded to approve the Brexit terms bill, they will then back the deal as well.

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"She has at the same time said she would step aside once she has completed phase one".

Asked if getting the deal through would also make that Mrs May's exit date, the spokesman said: "What she wants to do is get a deal through by the summer recess". Keir Starmer and Tom Watson have estimated that up to 150 Labour MPs would refuse to vote for a Brexit deal that did not have another referendum attached.

"You would have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our party and with likely nothing to show for it", the letter said.

Progress has been painfully slow, and there are growing calls in May's Conservative party to abandon the process.

Signatories include potential leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab.

A Labour Party spokeswoman said Mr Corbyn set out the shadow Cabinet's concerns about the Prime Minister's ability to deliver on any compromise agreement during the talks in Parliament on Tuesday evening.

"Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive". Vara, who voted for remain in the 2016 referendum, said May's deal "leaves the United Kingdom in a half-way house with no time limit on when we will finally be a sovereign nation".

Meanwhile, Mrs May's chief negotiator Olly Robbins was in Brussels for two days of talks about the possibility of making changes to the Political Declaration - the document setting out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship after Brexit. It would be followed by negotiations on a new trade deal with the EU.

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