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The cross-party talks between the Labour and Conservative Parties in the UK collapsed on Friday morning, 17 May 2019. Jeremy Corbyn said that Labour had concerns about the Government’s ability to deliver on a compromise deal, given the “weakness and instability” of the Conservative Government and its leadership. The previous day, the Prime Minister had promised the Executive of the 1922 Committee that she would announce the date of her resignation in the first week of June.

The UK has announced that it will hold European Parliament elections, as it became clear that the Withdrawal Agreement would not be ratified by 23 May 2019. Meanwhile, the EU27 leaders met at an informal summit in Sibiu to discuss the future of the European Union, at which Jean-Claude Juncker expressed hope that the UK might succeed in passing a deal before his departure from office in the autumn.

Brexit Brief, published by the IIEA’s UK Project Group, covers developments in the on-going debate over the UK’s vote to Leave the European Union. It is part of a wider communications programme, which will be highlighted on the Institute’s website.

This Brexit brief is available here.