Conservatives resume Brexit talks with Labour amid low expectations

Reuters | May 07, 2019

Conservatives resume Brexit talks with Labour amid low expectations
Britain’s Conservative government held what it called “constructive and detailed” talks with the opposition Labour Party on Tuesday as the two sides struggle to break a parliamentary deadlock over the country’s exit from the European Union. After Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal was rejected three times in parliament and she was forced to delay Brexit, the government has spent more than four weeks in talks with Labour - negotiations that have done little to soften positions in either party.

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