Prime Minister Theresa May has been battling over the past week to find an agreement on Brexit with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. But the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the key structural problem with Mrs May’s talks with Jeremy Corbyn is that the Labour Party is not one block vote. She said: “It is split themselves and a big chunk would only accept any kind of deal that can be done with Theresa May if they are also promised another referendum.
“So, also, whether or not you want to call it a confirmatory vote or ratification referendum, it is another go at asking the public about the European question.
“But then there are other people in the Parliamentary Labour Party who are completely opposed to that. So, huge pressure on Jeremy Corbyn too.
“Can he politically appear to be the person who delivers what many Labour MPs would call a Tory Brexit, which is completely unacceptable without promising also a referendum which will please many Labour Party members who have to campaign hard for another vote?
“Or not. Or agree on something without that which will, in turn, be toxic for him.”
Ms Kuenssberg said the divide among both mainstream parties are the reason for the “predicament” in which both leaders have attempted to please all MPs within their parties.
She added: “Both of our main party leaders have danced around the conflicts and the divisions inside their own groupings over the European Union, trying to manage them rather than confront them.
“Politically understandable, but that is one of the root causes of what is now a very acute political problem for the whole country.”
Negotiations between Mrs May and Mr Corbyn stalled after Labour said the Prime Minister had refused to set out any changes to her Brexit red lines and no further face-to-face meetings have yet been confirmed.
The Prime Minister acknowledged that she could not see the Commons accepting her deal in its current form and MPs would not agree to a no-deal exit – currently the default position at 11pm on Friday unless an extension is granted.
Brexit Secretary Steven Barclay was last week accused of “handing the keys to Corbyn” by BBC Radio 4 presenter Nick Robinson.
Mr Robinson said: “What do you say to many Conservatives, some Members of Parliament, many activists, who say to you a Leaver, appointed to the Cabinet, and you know the words they use, they use words like a coup, they use words like treason? They use words like traitor.”
Mr Barclay responded: “The Prime Minister’s deal won’t go through and no deal in law is taken off the table, then the consequence of that is either a soft Brexit or no Brexit at all.”