Labour says it will won’t back Theresa May’s Brexit deal again as talks falter

The Labour Party has said it won't back Theresa May's fourth attempt to pass her Brexit deal – unless they agree a cross-party deal.

It comes after the PM announced last night that she would bring forward a vote in the week beginning June 3.

But the talks between the two parties are still believed to have stalled around key issues – including Labour's demand that the UK remain in a customs union with the rest of the EU.

A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn confirmed Labour would not support the Withdrawal Agreement Bill unless a cross-party deal was reached.

But the party didn't confirm it would vote against the deal – meaning Mr Corbyn could tell MPs to abstain, but this isn't likely.

The spokesman said: "There is no agreement and we need the Government to make further moves."

There was "no question of being able to support it without an agreement", the spokesman said.

He added: "Without an agreement and real compromise and movement by the Government coming out of these talks then we are talking about a Withdrawal Agreement Bill that is based on the same botched Brexit deal that has been rejected three times already by Parliament."

The spokesman said the talks with the Government were "not an unlimited process" and "Jeremy made clear the shadow cabinet has made clear that we have serious concerns about negotiating with a government that is in the process of disintegration".

It came as David Jones, a former Brexit minister and member of the ERG, told the BBC's World at One programme: "I think actually that Number 10 now realise that once this has been introduced, if it is rejected that is the end of the Government's strategy, and it is really high-stakes politics.

"Theresa May has staked her personal prestige upon the Withdrawal Agreement. She's had three rebuffs now, and I think it's very hard to see where she goes after a further rebuff if the bill, when it's rejected, can't be reintroduced.

"If that bill is rejected then it seems to me the whole policy is dead and can't be pursued any furth

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