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Cross-party Brexit negotiations remain delicate says Lidington

David Lidington described cross-party Brexit talks as "delicate, difficult negotiations" in an interview with the BBC today.

The minister for the cabinet office explained that while the two parties have common goals there needed to be movement from both sides.

May and Corbyn will continue talks this week after the prime minister secured an extension to the Article 50 deadline on Wednesday.

Lidington said: "These are difficult, delicate negotiations where we are testing out other people's ideas."

He added that discussions couldn't be allowed to "drag on" for an extended period but continued to defend the prime minister's position.

Removing May and replacing her with a new leader would "not change the arithmetic" in parliament, he explained.

May has come under fire from MPs including former leader Iain Duncan Smith following her decision to agree an extension that would result in the UK taking part in European elections next month.

Duncan Smith has now requested that she stands down in May and described talks with Labour as a "recipe for disaster".

He said: "We need to be very clear in the course of this that we don't end up letting Jeremy Corbyn dictate to us that we stay in a customs union, or we have some kind of second referendum or we are aligned with the European single market."


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April 14 2019

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