Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Time for Deal Is Almost Up, Labour Tells May; CRUNCH TALKS WITH MACRON AND MERKEL May 'Has Not Shifted from Her Red Lines' in Cross-Party Talks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Time for Deal Is Almost Up, Labour Tells May; CRUNCH TALKS WITH MACRON AND MERKEL May 'Has Not Shifted from Her Red Lines' in Cross-Party Talks

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Byline: Joe Murphy and Nicholas Cecil

THERESA MAY was today warned that she is "running out of time" for a cross-party Brexit deal leaving her facing the prospect of having to accept a lengthy delay and European elections.

Both sides this morning admitted there was still no sign of a breakthrough in talks between teams of negotiators for the Prime Minister and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Mrs May will dash to Paris and Berlin for last-minute talks with French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow ahead of an EU summit on Wednesday.

She had hoped to put a deal to the Commons tomorrow night ahead of the summit and ask for Continued on Page 7 Continued from Page 1 only a short extension of Article 50 until June 30.

But if nothing is agreed, Britain will either crash out without a deal on Friday, or be forced to accept a long extension and commit to holding European parliament elections in May, a scenario Mrs May has repeatedly vowed to prevent.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, a key figure in the talks which started last Wednesday, said a way forward was eluding the teams so far. "We haven't found that yet," he said.

"There aren't any scheduled talks yet but I have no doubt things will develop today," he added, saying it was down to the Government to make the next move.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Mrs May was leaving "no stone unturned" to try to resolve Brexit.

Arriving in Luxembourg for a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, he said: "I can't tell you that I'm very confident or not confident. We are going into these talks sincerely and we have to see what the outcome is."

A senior Labour source told the Evening Standard that Mrs May had not shifted from her red lines, indicating that more movement was needed for any deal to succeed. …

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