The Prime Minister admitted that there was “no deal” with Labour at a briefing given to the 1922 Committee this afternoon, one attendee has revealed. In spite of this, the Committee also refused to put forward an indicative confidence vote in the beleaguered Prime Minister. The Committee’s chairman, Sir Graham Brady, made the revelations to ITV’s Political Correspondent Paul Brand.
When asked about the nature of the briefing, Sir Graham conceded: “There is, at the moment, no deal with Labour.
“It was only a briefing on the discussions that have been going on and on other aspects of the situation, obviously leading up to the EU council on Wednesday.”
Mr Brand then asked: “Did you discuss at all Mark Francois’ letter about calling for an indicative vote on confidence in the PM?
“Is it possible to hold an indicative confidence vote, do you think?”
But the coy Tory answered: “All sorts of things are possible.
“But as I made clear last week, the executive have discussed this and there’s no intention of proceeding.”
Theresa May is to make a whistle-stop trip to Berlin and Paris for last-minute talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on the eve of a summit which will determine the future of Brexit.
The leaders of the 27 remaining EU nations have been summoned to Brussels for an emergency meeting of the European Council on Wednesday, just two days before the UK is due to leave under current plans.
The Prime Minister’s visits on Tuesday appear to make it unlikely that any compromise Brexit deal thrashed out with Labour will be put before MPs ahead of the summit, with no face-to-face talks currently scheduled with the official Opposition.
Downing Street said that there were contacts with the opposition over the course of Monday and it was hoped that further talks would be arranged soon.
Unconfirmed BBC reports suggested that the Government has made an updated offer to Labour, stopping short of a customs union, but proposing a “lock” to prevent a future Conservative leader unpicking any agreement.