May admits Brexit deal will not pass 'in the near future'

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The British government is optimistic about reaching some form of deal with the opposition Labour Party to end a deadlock on Brexit as work on a compromise continues, Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond said on Saturday.

She's requested an extension to the Brexit process until June 30, but says if MPs agree to a deal, the United Kingdom should be able to leave before European parliamentary elections are held on May 23.

The Labour Party says May hasn't offered "real change" to her Brexit deal that Parliament has rejected three times - by chunky margins on each occasion.

"We need to get a deal over the line and that's why we've been looking for new ways to find an agreement in parliament - and that means cross-party talks", May said in a video recorded at her country retreat Chequers.

Ahead of a week in which she will go to Brussels seeking to secure a further delay to the UK's departure, the Prime Minister said: "The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the United Kingdom never leaving at all".

With the United Kingdom once again days away from a deadline for leaving the EU, May pressured opposition lawmakers to help her find a compromise agreement instead, saying voters "expect their politicians to work together when the national interest demands it".

She said: "If we had that vote tomorrow, I believe Leave would win". It would mean letting the Brexit that the British people voted for slip through our fingers.

"I'm waiting to see the red lines move", he added.

"I think both sides are committed to working quite rigorously to compromise as much as possible so that we can provide that compromise Brexit deal that I think parliament desperately needs at the moment", she told the BBC.

He said: "At a time when Conservative members and activists are recoiling in horror at the idea of collaborating with Jeremy Corbyn, the No 10 effort to rehabilitate this terrible deal and worse strategy to drive it through seems wholly forlorn".

Ms Long-Bailey suggested Labour could be prepared to revoke Article 50, cancelling Brexit, if the United Kingdom was heading towards a no-deal scenario.

Tory Eurosceptics are furious at the Prime Minister's handling of the Brexit process.

When asked whether Mrs May could agree to a full customs union, Leadsom was adamant.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that Conservative activists are refusing to campaign for the party and donations have "dried up" because of Mrs May's leadership.

The intervention comes after May wrote to European Council president Donald Tusk requesting an extension to the Brexit deadline until 30 June.

Britain is set to leave the European Union on April 12 without a Brexit agreement in place unless a plan is reached or the European Union grants an extension.

European Union members, who must unanimously back any further delay, are growing increasingly impatient at the dysfunction in Westminster and want a clear plan to resolve it.

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