Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to May’s letter to Tusk asking for an article 50 extension until 30 June
Brexit talks are continuing between the government and Labour, No 10 has said, but involving phone calls and smaller meetings rather than “full teams sitting down with each other”.
At the regular briefing, Theresa May’s spokesman gave very few details, saying the talks could continue into the weekend.
It’s an ongoing process, we’re taking once discussion at a time. We continue to focus on trying to reach a joint outcome that we can put to the European council.
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The People’s Vote campaign, which is calling for a second referendum on Brexit, has also criticised Theresa May’s decision to request another article 50 extension. It has released this statement from the Labour former foreign secretary Dame Margaret Beckett.
The good news is that the prime minister has accepted there has to be an extension to the Brexit deadline. The bad news is that yet again she has chosen the worst option and done so for the worst reason – just to keep her failed strategy and her Brexit deal alive.
She is asking for the same cut-off date for an article 50 extension that was rejected before by the European council. She is trying to browbeat parliament into backing a withdrawal agreement on Brexit which would lock in the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU without any decision on our eventual destination. She is taking both the British people and EU leaders for fools because we all know this is just another time-buying, can-kicking effort to hold her bitterly divided party together.