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Tory negotiator travels to Brussels as Labour talks continue

Number 10's chief Brexit negotiator travelled to Brussels for talks with the EU today.

Olly Robbins will discuss the political declaration on the UK's deal for exiting the European Union.

The move is reported to be in response to the cross-party discussions with Labour that have been taking place since early April.

Reflecting on the cross-party talks, a Downing Street spokesperson said: "We will not sign up to a permanent customs union.

"Both sides agree that no Parliament can bind a future government and most EU trade deals have a six to 12-month exit clause."

Robbins is thought to be sounding out the possibility of altering the declaration and discussing with the EU how quickly any changes could be made.

While no agreement has been agreed the move is thought to be an attempt to break the deadlock with Labour.

Labour demand that any new deal between the parties is then reflected in the formal political declaration.

Both the Conservatives and Labour are facing pressure to end talks, with voices from both sides questioning their value.

Former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: "The talks are clearly not going anywhere."

Labour MPs told leader Jeremy Corbyn last night that he should end talks with the Conservatives as they could damage support ahead of the European elections later this month.

Corbyn has come under pressure to support a confirmatory referendum, which was openly supported by shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer over the weekend.



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May 14 2019

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