The Prime Minister turned to Labour for help this week after suffering three defeats with her Brexit deal. She asked Mr Corbyn to negotiate with her on a deal that might work for them both, which he accepted. But Labour said today the government “has not offered real change or compromise” in three days of talks.
John Longworth, chairman of Leave Means Leave, said the prospect of Brexit being delayed further than April 12 following the failed talks is a “betrayal” against those who voted to leave in the 2016 referendum.
He said to Express.co.uk: “The people of Britain will be dismayed if the Government delays once again the date of leaving. We voted to leave in the referendum, just leave, the manifestos and Parliament committed to this. The majority of the cabinet and Conservative MPs favour no deal as does the Conservative party at large. Amongst the people no deal is the most popular option. Get on with it. “
“The government and both major parties promised to leave the EU, the single market and the Customs Union. All of the options being presented, including the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement, lead to this commitment being overturned and a Brexit Betrayal.
“Leaving without a trade deal is now by far the best option. This would free us to make our own laws, free us from paying money and lower the cost of living by removing tariffs, the external taxes the EU make us pay on imports.
“Combined with making trade deals and taking back farming and fisheries our economy will boost as a result. This is all good and what we voted for.”
This comes as Mrs May wrote to Brussels asking European Union leaders to postpone Britain’s exit from next Friday until June 30.
She had accepted Britain may have to hold European Parliament elections on May 23, which she had hoped to avoid.
Her letter said: ”The government will want to agree a timetable for ratification that allows the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union before 23 May, 2019, and therefore cancel the European Parliament elections, but will continue to make responsible preparations to hold the elections should this not prove possible.”
EU leaders warned Mrs May had not convinced them that they should let Britain delay its departure next week, on April 12.
Donald Tusk is planning to propose an extension of a year, which could also be shortened if Britain ratifies the withdrawal agreement, senior EU officials said.
One official said: ”The only reasonable way out would be a long but flexible extension. I would call it a ‘flextension’.
“It seems to be a good scenario for both sides, as it gives the UK all the necessary flexibility, while avoiding the need to meet every few weeks to further discuss Brexit extensions.”
But Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said May’s letter “raised questions”.
He said: “We hope for more clarity from London before next Wednesday.”
Meanwhile, France, which wants the EU to move on from Brexit and look at reforms proposed by President Emmanuel Macron, hinted it was not ready to accept any delay without a clear plan.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters in Bucharest: “If we are not able to understand the reason why the UK is asking for an extension, we cannot give a positive answer.”