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First cross-party Brexit talks 'inconclusive'

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Published on April 4, 2019 - Duration: 01:39s

First cross-party Brexit talks 'inconclusive'

Britain's opposition Labour Party is expected to continue discussions with Prime Minister Theresa May in an effort to break the Brexit crisis deadlock.

Hardliners in May's party say she's conversing with the enemy.

Matthew Larotonda reports.

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First cross-party Brexit talks 'inconclusive'

The leader of Britain's main opposition party says his first round of talks with Prime Minister Theresa May to break the Brexit crisis deadlock was quote, "useful but inconclusive." But in negotiating with Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, some Brexit hardliners in May's own Conservative Party say she's conversing with the enemy.

Two more of her junior ministers resigned in protest on Wednesday (April 3).

(SOUNDBITE) (English) JEREMY CORBYN, LABOUR PARTY LEADER, SAYING: "I welcome the prime minister's offer." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY, SAYING: "I think there are actually a number of areas we agree on." May came to the Labour Party after her Brexit deal was voted down three times in parliament, largely because of those hardliners.

This could be a small sign of progress for her.

More talks are expected soon.

The Labour Party's stated policy is that it wants the country to maintain tight trade relationships with Europe in what's called a customs union - a so-called "soft" Brexit.

They also want to keep EU standards on workers' rights and environmental regulations, among other things.

Although in reality, Labour isn't unified in those beliefs because some members come from districts who voted heavily in favor of Brexit.

Meanwhile in Brussels, the EU Commission President Jean-claude Junker says the EU will not grant another extension before Britain leaves the bloc unless British parliament does get a deal passed.

Prime Minister May has been pushing for another short delay.

The country is scheduled to leave on April 12th.

It was originally supposed to leave last Friday (March 29).

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