Theresa May still has no plans to meet Jeremy Corbyn to try to break the deadlock over Britain’s failure to leave the EU as Brussels hit out at the inaction today and said: ‘We are on a Brexit break’.
Downing Street has denied claims Mrs May is now running a ‘zombie Government’ despite confirming a Commons vote on her deal has still not been pencilled in and no Queen’s Speech is planned either.
Donald Tusk has urged the Prime Minister and MPs not to ‘waste time’ after they agreed to another Brexit delay until Halloween this year.
And today the European Commission’s spokesman said: ‘It is universally known we are in Brexit break, there is nothing else we can do, there is nothing else we can say’.
Brexit meetings with Labour remain ‘serious but ‘challenging’ but the Government has not found a way forward despite talks entering a fifth week, Mrs May’s spokesman said today.
But he PM ‘stands ready’ to meet Mr Corbyn if it helps get a deal over the line but there are ‘no plans’ to hold that summit, he said.
Theresa May returns to No 10 today as her spokesman was forced to deny she is now running a ‘zombie Government’
Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington and Chancellor Philip Hammond were expected to take part in talks with Labour’s team, led by Shadow Chancellor to try and end the Brexit impasse on Monday.
Theresa May is reportedly scrambling to find legislation which will delay the Queen’s Speech for fear that the Government will be unable to pass it
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is also expected to attend the meeting, along with Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Chief Whip Julian Smith.
It is understood that the Prime Minister is attempting to put off the speech until the autumn, according to
If she is unable to push through the Queen’s Speech and start a new parliamentary term, it could prove fatal to her premiership.
The current parliamentary session is already on course to be the longest in post-war history.
Her spokesman said: ‘The current session is obviously an extended session to allow us to deliver on Brexit. The work to secure Brexit is ongoing’.
Mrs May is yet to bring the withdrawal agreement bill before MPs in case they refuse to swallow it and she is forced to end the parliamentary session.
Instead, the paper reported that Downing Street has drawn up a list of uncontroversial legislation to keep MPs occupied and to justify extending the two-year session beyond June.
One example is a bill to change the tax treatment of sporting testimonials and another is to increase the maximum sentences for cruelty against animals.
The current parliamentary session is already on course to be the longest in post-war history (Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May pictured at the State Opening of Parliament in 2017)
Talks with Labour about a possible compromise that would enable the party to back her deal are ongoing but have produced little so far (from left, Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer, Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell)
Bills on domestic violence and the restoration of Parliament are also thought to be under consideration to fill the Commons timetable.
Mrs May is understood to be reluctant to introduce the withdrawal agreement bill while there is still a chance MPs will vote it down and while she lacks Labour support.
Talks with Labour about a possible compromise that would enable the party to back her deal are ongoing but have produced little so far.
A Downing Street spokesman declined to comment.