UK's May seeks Brexit deal amid mounting pressure to quit

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Theresa May's Cabinet ministers believe that the chances of reaching a Brexit deal with the U.K.'s main opposition Labour Party are fading, according to people familiar with the matter.

The resumption of Government talks with Labour comes amid increased tension between the two sides.

And Labour accused Mrs May of having "blown the confidentiality" of the talks.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, treasurer of the powerful 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, said Mrs May should announce a "road map" for her departure after the European elections set for May 23.

"Our policy position has not changed since the last Labour conference, where a public vote was one of many options on the table, certainly to avoid a Tory deal, a bad Tory Brexit or a no-deal situation".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has carried out "scenario planning" for a second Brexit referendum in case she is forced by parliament to hold one, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Monday.

Leaders of local Conservative organizations are holding a non-binding no-confidence vote in May's leadership on June 15.

In March, Mrs May pledged to stand down if and when Parliament ratified her Brexit withdrawal agreement with the European Union - but she has not made it clear how long she intends to stay if no deal is reached.

"She needs to be given a date".

May has promised to stand down if her Brexit deal passes but has given no indication that she would go early while the issue of leaving the European Union remains unresolved.

A Downing Street spokesman added more talks were scheduled for Wednesday.

The Telegraph said a source in May's office denied there had been a meeting to discuss a second European Union referendum.

"Nothing has been agreed yet", she said after a three-hour meeting, which she labelled "very robust". We absolutely believe that the United Kingdom must, must, must leave on that date.

Incredibly, however, the "resilient" incumbent may not bow to pressure and step aside even in the face of this, with reports indicating that her allies understood to be threatening to take MPs to court to try and stop them from ousting her.

Mrs May's effective deputy David Lidington was leading the Government side in Tuesday's Brexit talks at the Cabinet Office, with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, chief whip Julian Smith, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Number 10 chief of staff Gavin Barwell also expected to be in attendance.



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