Brexit talks doomed? Labour concerned May’s successor could ditch any deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party has done all it can to reach a Brexit compromise with Prime Minister Theresa May but is deeply concerned a future Conservative leader could renege on any promises made by the current government.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell of the Labour Party, arrives for cross party Brexit talks at Cabinet Office in London, Britain May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

Labour’s second most powerful man, finance chief John McDonnell, said a customs union was absolutely key for the party and there was not yet a deal.

“We haven’t seen the significant shift yet that we require to be able to support a deal,” McDonnell said. “We are not near what we want.”

When asked by Reuters if the talks were doomed, McDonnell said: “We have gone into them in good faith and we’ve done everything we possibly can to try to reach a traditional British compromise.”

He said a letter from former British ministers including Boris Johnson – who could be the next leader of the Conservative Party – demanding that May refuse to agree a post-Bre


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