Theresa May to bring her Brexit deal back to parliament in June

Britain's Prime minister Theresa May | Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May to bring her Brexit deal back to parliament in June

Downing Street says fresh talks with Labour were ‘useful and constructive.’


5/14/19, 10:23 PM CET

Updated 5/14/19, 10:49 PM CET

LONDON — Theresa May will bring her Brexit deal back to parliament in the first week of June, Downing Street said, despite talks with Labour so far failing to guarantee the opposition’s support.

The prime minister met Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Westminster on Tuesday evening. But while Downing Street said the fresh talks were “useful and constructive,” neither side indicated that a breakthrough had been achieved.

Nevertheless, May now intends to bring the Withdrawal Agreement Bill — the legislation required to implement her Brexit deal — to the House of Commons in the week commencing June 3. This timetable, a Downing Street spokesperson said, would give MPs the chance to pass the bill and allow the U.K. to leave the EU before they depart for their summer break. Passing the deal in July would allow the U.K. to leave on August 1.

However, with no deal with Labour yet secured, and with large factions in both parties implacably opposed to the deal, it remains unclear how May hopes to win a majority in the Commons to achieve this goal.

A Downing Street spokesperson said May had told Corbyn of her  “determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU.”

“We will therefore be bringing forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning the 3rd June,”

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