'Theresa May has vowed to bring forward key Brexit legislation for a Commons vote in the first week of June in what could be her last move as prime minister.
After a late-night meeting with Jeremy Corbyn, the prime minister said the cross-party talks with Labour to find a solution to the deadlock at Westminster will continue – despite both sides being downbeat about any resolution being found.
The government made clear a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) will be brought forward regardless of the outcome of the discussions, however, in the week beginning 3 June – the same week the US president Donald Trump is to visit the UK on an official state visit.
The announcement came as Ms May’s cabinet set a summer deadline for the UK to finally leave the European Union, after an extended meeting on Tuesday lasting over two hours at Downing Street.
Ministers agreed it was “imperative” to pass legislation ratifying Brexit before parliament rises for the summer break in July, and decided not to terminate the talks with Labour, which are now in their seventh week.
Following discussions with the Labour leader, a Downing Street spokesman said Ms May told Mr Corbyn the government’s “determination to bring the talks to a conclusion” and deliver on the referendum result.
“We will therefore be bringing forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning the 3rd June,” they added.
The spokesman also described the ongoing talks – now in their seventh week – as “useful and constructive”, adding further discussions will take place on Wednesday “as we seek the stable majority in parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the withdrawal agreement bill and the UK’s swift exit from the EU“.
But Labour sources told The Independent that Mr Corbyn dismissed any suggestion that Labour would support the prime minister in June without an agreement in the talks in place.'
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