Brexit deal could be done in ‘next few days’, says Conservative leader

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"There is a deal that could be done in the next few days. and I really hope we can get to that point", she said, describing the results as "a kick up the backside".

"To the Leader of the Opposition I say this: Let's listen to what the voters said in the local elections and put our differences aside for a moment".

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Speaking to reporters afterwards, she said there had been progress in the weeks of talks between the Conservatives and Labour to find a Brexit deal which passes parliamentary muster.

And Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson said it would be "very difficult" to agree a deal in the cross-party talks.

Mr Farage challenged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to a debate, announcing his intentions to win over former Labour voters disillusioned with the party's stance on leaving the European Union.

The Sunday Times reported that the Conservatives would offer new concessions to Labour when talks restart on Tuesday, including a temporary customs union with the EU until a national election due in June 2022.

"We've got to be a broad party".

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Coun Lawton said: "It's been the most unusual election I've known, but I found that the harder your work, the luckier you get". But Labour was also licking its wounds after forfeiting control in heartland councils like Burnley, Hartlepool and Bolsover.

But suggestions that May's government might make a deal that accepts Labour's demand for close economic ties with the European Union have infuriated pro-Brexit Conservatives, who are demanding May's resignation.

Mr McDonnell accused Mrs May of acting in "bad faith" after the Sunday Times reported that the Prime Minister would put forward plans for a comprehensive but temporary customs arrangement with the European Union that would last until the next general election.

"The very worst thing we could do at this time is a Westminster stitch-up whether over the PM's deal or another deal", the 104 opposition MPs from Labour, SNP, Change UK, Green and Plaid Cyrmu wrote, according to The Observer.

Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, told the Telegraph that staying in a customs union could lead to a "catastrophic split" in the Conservative Party.

Asked on BBC television if he trusted May, McDonnell said: "No, sorry, not after this weekend when she's blown the confidentiality" of the talks.

"Well, Keir is leading our negotiating team so unless he is happy with the deal I don't think there is going to be one", he said.

"But I think if he wants to do it it will be actually surprisingly easy to do because our positions are very, very close".

However, both May and Corbyn are facing a backlash from their backbenches if they sign up to a deal, with many Labour MPs prepared to reject any deal without a second referendum and many Tory MPs vehemently opposed to a customs union.