The Brexit negotiations between the government of the United Kingdom and Labour party, the main opposition party, have resumed after the lawmakers returned to work after the Easter break.
Today, a spokesperson for Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, informed reporters that the negotiations will “require compromise on both sides.”
When asked if the British government could agree to retain a customs union with the European Union to secure a deal with the Labour Party, the spokesperson answered: “You know the prime minister’s position with regard to the importance of being able to do trade deals.”
A customs union is an agreement that allows the partaking countries to set common external tariffs, allowing the goods to freely travel between those nations. The draft proposal between the United Kingdom and the European Union does not include a customs union as the supporters of Brexit say it prevents the right to strike new trade deals.
Earlier this month, PM May agreed on another new Brexit date with the leaders of the bloc. It delays the departure of the United Kingdom until October 31, 2019.
However, her leadership status is once again placed under scrutiny after a lawmaker from her own Conservative Party said in an interview with BBC Radio that she should step down.
Today, Nigel Evans stated: “The only way we’re going to break this impasse properly is if we have fresh leadership of the Conservative Party.”
PM May was able to withstand a leadership challenge from within her party back in December. Under the current rules, she cannot face another similar vote for at least 12 months.
However, some opponents could reportedly attempt to rewrite party rules in an attempt to replace her with a more vocal supporter of Brexit.
The 1922 Committee of Conservative backbench MPS (members of parliament) — an influential group of pro-Brexit lawmakers within the ruling party — were anticipated to meet on later this afternoon to talk about the steps that can be taken to remove May.