British Prime Minister Theresa May has blamed the country’s Labour Party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn for deliberately dragging their feet on Brexit negotiations.
May’s spokesman was quoted by UK media as saying that Prime Minister May “said discussions with Labour had been serious but had also been difficult in some areas, such as in relation to the timetable for the negotiations”.
“The PM said the Government’s position was that progress needed to be made urgently as it was vital to deliver on the result of the referendum and for the UK to leave the European Union as soon as possible,” the spokesman underscored.
Corbyn, in turn, rejected the accusations that he is dragging out cross-party talks on Brexit, berating the government for its unwillingness to shift red lines.
“We’ll continue putting our case but quite honestly, there’s got to be change in the Government’s approach. They cannot keep on just regurgitating what has already been emphatically rejected three times by Parliament, there’s got to be a change,” Corbyn pointed out.
Earlier, he claimed that Tories in the UK government are seeking to damage talks with Labour because they want to "do a deal" with US President Donald Trump.
Corbyn also accused Theresa May and her ministers of “dithering” over their Brexit plan.
“The government doesn't appear to be shifting the red lines because they've got a big pressure in the Tory party that actually wants to turn this country into a deregulated, low-tax society which will do a deal with Trump. I don't want to do that,” Corbyn said.
The statement came after The Guardian cited government sources as saying that May is likely to have parliament vote on the withdrawal and implementation bill (WAB) in the next 10 days.
The WAB should be passed by the parliament so that May’s Brexit deal can be ratified, according to the newspaper.
May launched talks with the opposition Labour Party shortly after the government's withdrawal agreement was rejected by the UK parliament for the third time in March.
Originally, the UK was due to finalise its exit from the bloc on 29 March, but May's government failed to secure support for its withdrawal agreement before the deadline, prompting London to seek an extension to avoid a no-deal scenario.
Following the 10 April European Council special meeting, London received a flexible Brexit extension until 31 October.