Theresa May wants talks with the opposition Labour Party on a Brexit compromise to reach a conclusion by the middle of next week, according to reports. Mrs May’s Tories are seeking to forge a consensus with Labour to help get a Brexit deal approved by parliament and deliver the result of the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU.
But with the end of talks looming and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warning against striking a deal with Labour that will alienate Tory MPs, Express.co.uk is asking you do you think Mrs May should scrap the talks with Labour now?
Mrs May’s spokesman has so far declined to set an end date for the talks, instead describing the latest round of discussions as “serious and constructive”.
He added: ”Further talks will now be scheduled in order to bring the process toward a conclusion.”
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However, Mr Hunt warned the Tory leader and his Cabinet colleagues against a deal with Labour, which would alienate Tory MPs.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “There is always a danger of doing a deal with Labour that means you lose more Conservative MPs than you gain Labour MPs, but I think the essential question is whether Labour are serious about delivering Brexit.”
The Foreign Secretary, who is on a trip to Africa, also said he found it “very difficult” to imagine that the two sides would announce a compromise.
Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If we were proposing, which I very much hope we don’t, to sign up to the customs union, then I think there is a risk that you would lose more Conservative MPs than you would gain Labour MPs.
“If, on the other hand, it was something different, then the result could be different as well.”
Alluding to David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s first joint press conference in the grounds of Downing Street in 2010, Mr Hunt said: “By all accounts, while the talks have been more detailed and productive than we thought and expected, it’s still going to be very difficult to imagine a rose garden moment.”
His comments come after Mrs May’s effective deputy David Lidington hailed the talks as “positive” and “productive” after he joined Chancellor Philip Hammond in Whitehall with a Labour team including shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer and shadow chancellor John McDonnell.