What next? UK’s May seek elusive Brexit concord

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With the U.K.'s first extended Brexit deadline on April 12, British Prime Minister Theresa May also said that it needs an additional short extension from the EU.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Philip Hammond has suggested that he expects Brussels to insist on a lengthy delay to Brexit and described a public vote to approve any final deal as "a perfectly credible proposition".

On Wednesday cross-party lawmakers will try to rush a law through the House of Commons to prevent Britain leaving the bloc without a deal.

May has launched discussions with the largest opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in a bid to break the impasse.

Labour is formally committed to enacting the voters' decision to leave the European Union, but many of its lawmakers want a new referendum that could keep Britain in the bloc.

May plans to work with Corbyn to find a single option they can agree on to bring to a vote in the House.

Yet the most prominent Brexit-backing ministers held their fire as all eyes turned on a flurry of meetings between government and Labour leaders are expected to hold over the coming days.

Her divorce deal with the other 27 European Union nations has been rejected three times by parliament and patience is wearing thin in Brussels as an April 12 deadline to end Britain's 46-year membership nears with no agreement in sight.

One of the two ministers who quit, Nigel Adams, wrote that the government was failing to deliver the "Brexit people voted for" and increasing the risk of the "calamity of a Corbyn government".

A second referendum: Corbyn took a long time to come around to the prospect of a second vote, but ultimately supported a plan from one of his backbenchers for a confirmatory vote on any deal May gets through Parliament.

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By a single vote, 312-311, the House of Commons voted to allow time for Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper's amendment which, if passed, would oblige Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the European Union for an extension to stop a no-deal Brexit.

During this extension, May would seek to pass the necessary legislation before May 23, so Britain doesn't need to take part in European parliamentary elections.

May and Corbyn met for two hours Wednesday, with both sides calling the talks "constructive".

When the European Union leaders agreed to put off Brexit beyond the original March 29 deadline they said that the British MPs should agree to the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement (WA) before March 29 if they wished to avoid a no-deal Brexit (leaving with no legal agreement or future relationship plan and no transition period) on April 12.

The difficulty for May will be in holding her party together if she gives into the demand.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Bill made the chances of the United Kingdom crashing out "very unlikely", as he suggested he could accept a customs union compromise.

If May can't reach agreement with Labour on a unified approach, she's promised to agree on a number of options to put to the House of Commons for a series of votes to determine the way forward.

Prime Minister May has lost any authority she may have had.

At the weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, May was assailed by hostile questions from her own side, in a sign of the anger over the change to her Brexit strategy. "A second referendum would be exploited by the far right, damage the trust of many core Labour voters and reduce our chances of winning a general election".

In this photo provided by the UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, center, in the Palace of Westminster in London, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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