Brexit talks breakdown as Labour accuse PM of ‘failing to offer change’

Crucial talks between the government and Labour to find a way out of the Brexit deadlock have broken down tonight.

Labour accused the Prime Minister of ‘failing to offer opposition or real change’ after a third day of talks between senior frontbenchers and officials on both sides.

With only a few days left to find a consensus and get a deal through the Commons after months of bitter divisions, Labour said it was ‘disappointed at the way talks had gone’.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the Government was ‘not countenancing any changes’ to the wording of the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship.

He said: ‘So far, the Government isn’t proposing any changes to the deal. In particular it’s not countenancing any changes to the actual wording of the political declaration. ‘Now obviously that’s disappointing; compromise requires change.

‘We want the talks to continue and we’ve written in those terms to the Government, but we do need change if we’re going to compromise.’

A Labour spokesman added: ‘We are disappointed that the Government has not offered real change or compromise.

‘We urge the Prime Minister to come forward with genuine changes to her deal in an effort to find an alternative that can win support in Parliament and bring the country together.’

Tom Watson had earlier called on Corbyn to ‘demand a second referendum from Theresa May as Labour’s price for agreeing a Brexit deal’.

However, only yesterday a group of 25 backbenchers wrote to Mr Corbyn, warning against the inclusion of a second referendum in any compromise Brexit deal negotiated with the Government.

Labour is meeting the government for a third day of talks on a possible solution to the impasse over Brexit, with May seeking a further delay while she seeks to find a deal that can get parliamentary support.

The question over whether voters should be offered a ‘confirmatory’ referendum on any compromise deal emerging from talks is hotly disputed at Westminster.

The Daily Telegraph reported that ministers have considered the possibility of giving MPs a vote on holding a referendum on a deal if that is needed to seal agreement with Labour.

Mr Corbyn is also facing pressure on a second referendum from the unions.

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