Government admits United Kingdom must take part in European elections

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

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.

Sterling slid almost half a percent on rising concerns about the progress of Brexit talks between the government and the opposition Labour Party and fears May's position was increasingly coming under pressure.

Mrs May has, at least until now, been praised from some quarters for her "resilience" in refusing to step down despite repeated setbacks - for example, losing the Tory majority in the House of Commons in the 2017 general election, losing multiple Brexit secretaries and other senior ministers over her negotiating strategy with the European Union and the proposed deal which it produced, losing three votes on that deal in the House of Commons, having her government found in contempt of parliament for the first time in recorded history, and losing the support of more than half her backbenchers in a parliamentary party in a parliamentary party confidence vote.

There is not enough time left to get an exit deal ratified by parliament before the elections, according to David Lidington, minister for the Cabinet Office.

And he said that "ideally" MEPs voted for by the United Kingdom would never have to take their seats in the European Parliament, as the session does not start until July.

So far, there has been no agreement and few held out any hope of a breakthrough.

So talks between government and Labour will fail.

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"The prime minister said that while an agreement with the opposition had not been reached, the public had sent a clear message in the local elections that they want both of the main parties to get on with delivering Brexit", her spokesman said she told ministers.

The Prime Minister is facing calls to step down.

The head of a powerful Conservative committee is due to meet May Tuesday to deliver a demand for "clarity" about her departure date.

However, more members of the committee are thinking of backing a rule change if she does not commit to setting out a timetable for her departure, after a meeting with Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the committee.

Reports suggest that the government is offering Labour a customs union-style arrangement lasting until 2022, which is when the United Kingdom is next set to hold a general election.

"I want to look whatever deal is come to between the parties and I know this is a crucial week".

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