- Theresa May has made an appeal to the Labour Party
- Both parties suffered massive losses in last week’s election
- Conservatives are ready to cede more ground to labor to reach a deal
British Prime has urged Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to work with her government to reach a compromise deal to try to break the Brexit deadlock. Theresa May has asked the Labour leader to put his differences aside even as International Development Secretary Rory Stewart says the ball was now fully in Corbyn’s court.
Humiliating Defeat Suffered By Both Parties
According to Euronews, UK Prime Minister Theresa May made a passionate appeal on Sunday for the Labour Party leader to agree on a cross-party deal that would allow the country to leave the European Union (EU); this comes in the heels of a humiliating defeat suffered by both parties during last week’s local elections held on Thursday.
The two parties have been negotiating for close to one month to broker a deal that could have enabled the Tories secure a majority support in parliament. Mrs. May’s Conservative Party has suffered three heavy defeats on her preferred deal so far and has been forced to postpone Britain’s departure from the EU. Writing on the Mail publication on Sunday, May stated:
“To the leader of the opposition I say this: Let’s listen to what the voters said in the local elections and put our differences aside for a moment. Let’s do a deal.”
In responding to the Prime Minister’s appeal, Labour party agreed that any deal should be done quickly but was quick to accuse the Prime Minister of spilling the beans regarding the details of the compromise they were discussing jeopardizing the talks. The Conservative Party lost over 1000 seats during the English local council elections while the Labour Party, which had hoped to reap hundreds of seats during the mid-term vote, lost 81 seats.
Cede More Ground to the Labour Party
The talk that Theresa May wants to hold with the Labour Party is her last resort. Her conservative party is deeply divided Conservative Party over Brexit, and this has so far stopped her from getting approval for an exit agreement wants to hold with Labour Party, leaving the world’s fifth largest economy in a long drawn political limbo.
According to the Sunday Times, the Conservatives are likely to cede more ground to the Labour Party when the talks resume on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, which may include a temporary customs union with the European Union until the national election scheduled for June 2022. Citing a reliable source, the paper wrote:
“At that point Labour could use their manifesto to argue for a softer Brexit if they wanted to and a new Conservative prime minister could argue for a harder Brexit.”
The Labour party wants a permanent customs union with the EU as a condition for supporting the Prime Minister while the conservatives don’t want to hear about a customs union since it would prevent Britain from reaching its own trade deals with other countries.