May set to launch cross-party talks to end Brexit impasse

Jan 17, 2019, 4:20 AM EST
The parliament and even British PM Theresa May’s own cabinet are bitterly divided over her Brexit deal.
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After surviving a crucial confidence vote on Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to hold cross-party talks to break the deadlock on her Brexit withdrawal agreement with the European Union.

The parliament and even May’s own cabinet are bitterly divided over her Brexit deal, which was trounced by an overwhelming majority of 230 in the House of Commons on Tuesday, notes the BBC.

The prime minister said that she is heading into the discussions with a “constructive spirit,” reminding the lawmakers of their duty to act in the national interest and build consensus as the March 29 deadline approaches.

May faces the uphill task of winning the support of pro-EU lawmakers in her own and other parties without yielding to the demands that may distance her from the camp that keeps her in power, writes Reuters. Labor’s Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not participate in the talks unless the “no-deal Brexit” option is taken off the table.