UK Prime Minister Theresa May Under Pressure To Drop Brexit Talks With Labour

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London: UK Prime Minister Theresa May is under intense pressure to abandon Brexit talks with the main opposition Labour Party after a group of senior Conservative leaders issued a strongly worded warning.

Theresa May’s cabinet and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet are both due to take stock of the talks on Tuesday, with neither side optimistic about the prospects for an agreement that could secure a majority in parliament, the Guardian reported. In a letter to Theresa May, former cabinet ministers including Gavin Williamson, who was sacked earlier this month over the Huawei leak, cautioned her against any deal involving Corbyn’s central demand of a customs union. They told her such a move would be “bad policy and bad politics”, as it would force the UK to open up its markets automatically to any countries with which the European Union (EU) strikes trade deals in future. “We believe that a customs union-based deal with Labour will very likely lose the support of Conservative MPs like us who backed the withdrawal agreement in March (in many cases very reluctantly), and you would be unlikely to gain as many Labour MPs to compensate,” said the letter.  (IANS)