Nigel Farage challenges Jeremy Corbyn to Brexit debate

Nigel Farage challenges Jeremy Corbyn to Brexit debate

Nigel Farage challenges Jeremy Corbyn to Brexit debate

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Scottish Conservative conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, Britain May 3, 2019.

"To the leader of the opposition, I say this: let's listen to what the voters said in the elections and put our differences aside for a moment. Let's do a deal", she wrote in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

Whilst we're doing that and we think we're gaining an understanding of our different positions and where we can reach some compromise, in the wings, if you like, are all the leadership candidates virtually threatening to tear up whatever deal that we do.

The Conservatives lost 1,332 seats on English local councils that were up for re-election, and Labour - which would typically aim to gain hundreds of seats in a mid-term vote - instead lost 81.

The talks with Labour are a last resort for May, whose party's deep divisions over Brexit have so far stopped her getting approval for an exit agreement and left the world's fifth largest economy in prolonged political limbo.

The broadsheet said May would set out plans for a temporary customs arrangement with the European Union that would last until the next general election, which must be held by May 2022.

The prime minister is trying to soothe nerves amongst some Brexiteers in her own party who fear that she will this week sign a soft Brexit deal with Jeremy Corbyn...

Appearing to set out his stall as a future leader of the Conservative Party, the former Brexit secretary outlined his hopes for a "fairer deal for working Britain" and how the party could win back support from those who are less well off.

When asked if Ukip was now a racist party, Farage said: "I think that it has attracted individuals that I would never have allowed".

The threat of an imminent challenge to Mrs May's position as Conservative leader was lifted last month when the 1922 Committee's executive rejected calls to change party rules which protect her from a no-confidence vote until December.

Mr Stewart told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday: "I think a deal can be done, a lot of this rests on, to be honest, one man: whether Jeremy Corbyn really wants to deliver a Brexit deal".

Even then, the parliamentary approval - required by law - is not straightforward.

With talks between Labour and the Tories expected to resume early next week, the Sunday Times reported that Mrs May was prepared to give ground in three areas: customs, goods alignment and workers' rights.

Many party members and lawmakers want Labour to support a new, second referendum on Britain's European Union membership that could reverse voters' 2016 decision to leave.

And, in the same paper, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said: "If the Tories do a deal with Labour on the customs union they will be going into coalition with the opposition against the people".

It is unclear if the European Union would approve a temporary customs deal, as border controls might later be needed between Ireland and Northern Ireland if the deal broke down.

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