If we want Brexit, Theresa May must go

The fate of Brexit is up in the air after talks between PM Theresa May and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn

The question over timing is vital because Britain is set to leave the European Union without a withdrawal deal in place on April 12 unless an agreement is reached at a Brussels summit set to take place two days earlier.

May's team is now holding negotiations with leaders from Britain's main opposition Labour Party in a bid to secure enough votes to push through her deal on a fourth attempt.

British Prime Minister Theresa May claims reaching out to the opposition Labour party was the only way to avoid either leaving the European Union with no deal or not leaving at all.

Downing Street released May's letter moments after a senior EU official told AFP that Tusk was proposing to postpone Brexit day by up to a year, also pending parliament's approval of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement.

Amid the impasse, the timetable ahead of Friday's Brexit deadline is compressing greatly, with time seemingly too short to allow a process of government-sanctioned indicative votes by MPs before May goes to Brussels on Wednesday afternoon.

However, she added Labour would "keep all options in play to keep no deal off the table", including supporting a vote to revoke Article 50 - the legal mechanism through which Brexit is taking place.

"If we are forced to remain in we must be the most hard member possible", Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the European Research Group, a Conservative eurosceptic group, told Sky News.

If the bloc refuses, Britain faces a sudden and chaotic departure on Friday, the Brexit deadline previously set by the EU.

European Council president Donald Tusk is expected to recommend a longer postponement of one year, with a break clause in the case of earlier ratification, in a so-called "flextension" deal.

But Labour said the governing Conservatives needed to be more flexible and had not shown any movement on a political declaration of intent on the future relationship between London and Brussels once Britain has left the European Union.

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The warnings came as the Prime Minister made a last desperate appeal on Saturday night to MPs to back a deal, saying there was an increasing danger Brexit would "slip though our fingers".

Many within the Conservative Party are increasingly anxious that any delay obliging Britain to again take part in elections for the European parliament on May 23-26 would be deeply divisive.

"The British authorities and the British parliament need to understand that (the EU) is not going to be able to constantly exhaust itself with the ups and downs of domestic British politics", he said.

"We are currently waiting for the government to come back to us now to state whether they are prepared to move on any of their red lines", Long Bailey said. That would mean tariffs and other barriers to trade together with the capacity for boundary gridlock and deficits of products, between the bloc and Britain.

She also said the idea of a departure extension long enough to require the United Kingdom to hold European elections would be "utterly unacceptable".

However after several days of talks Labour complained May's team were rigid over her plan, while the talks sparked fury among some Conservatives who detest involving leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn.

That would still require consensus from the EU-27 national leaders.

Political analysts in London said May probably knows that her new deadline will be rejected because European Union leaders do not think she can get her deal through parliament any time soon. The arch-Brexiteer and one of the frontrunners to succeed Mrs May, said: "Mr Corbyn has no serious interest in securing an effective Brexit".

The EU dismissed Rees-Mogg's comments about what Britain should do if it remains a member over the coming months, seen by his critics as an attempt to goad the EU into rejecting the extension and therefore making a no-deal Brexit likelier.

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