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UK must compromise to leave EU with Brexit deal or face 'not leaving at all' says May in online video

Prime Minister Theresa May (Jack Taylor/PA)
Prime Minister Theresa May (Jack Taylor/PA)
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that talks with Labour will mean "compromise on both sides" so that the UK can leave the EU with a Brexit deal.

In an online video posted on Twitter on Sunday Mrs May said that the UK faced a choice between "leaving the EU with a deal, or not leaving at all".

Her comments come after MPs voted to force the Prime Minister to ask for a Brexit extension to avoid a no-deal Brexit by a single vote on Thursday.

Talks are ongoing between the Labour and Conservative parties as they attempt to find a way through the Brexit quagmire.

In her video message, Mrs May said that she could not see the House of Commons passing her Brexit withdrawal deal, after it had been rejected three time previously.

She acknowledged that Parliament had made it clear that it does not want the UK to leave the EU without a deal.

"The choice that lies ahead of us is either leaving the European Union with a deal, or not leaving at all," she said.

The PM said talks with Labour would mean "compromise on both sides"

"There are lots of things on which I disagree with the Labour Party on policy issues.," Mrs May said.

"But on Brexit I think there are some things we agree on: ending free movement, ensuring we leave with a good deal, protecting jobs, protecting security.

"And so we are talking. Can we find a way through this that ensures that we can get a good deal and a deal agreed through Parliament?

"It'll mean compromise on both sides but I believe that delivering Brexit is the most important thing for us."

On Friday Labour's shadow Brexit Secretary Kier Stamer said that the Government had offered "no change" in the Brexit talks process.

The PM has written to European Council President Donald Tusk to ask for a Brexit extension until June 30, however Mr Tusk is expected to offer a flexible one year extension which can be broken if the UK agrees on a deal.

Mrs May is set to travel to Brussels on Wednesday for a summit with EU leaders.

(PA Graphics)
(PA Graphics)

As things stand the UK is still set to leave the EU on April 12 with no-deal.

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