Britain’s turbulent separation from the European Union was again in disarray as last-ditch cross-party talks teetered on the brink of failure in the twilight of Prime Minister Theresa May’s premiership.
Nearly three years after the United Kingdom unexpectedly voted in a referendum to leave the EU, it is still unclear how, when or if it will ever indeed quit the European club it joined in 1973.
Brexit talks between May’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party are about to close without an agreement, hours after May agreed to set out a timetable for her departure in early June.
After the Brexit deal that May struck with Brussels was defeated a third time by parliament, she announced on April 2 that she would open talks with Labour.
But the two parties have failed to agree on major issues such as the opposition party’s demand for a post-Brexit customs union.
May agreed on Thursday to set out a timetable for her departure in early June.