UK to hold European elections on 23 May

  • The government has confirmed that the UK will hold European Parliament elections on 23 May. Theresa May had said that the UK would not have to take part in the elections if MPs agreed a Brexit plan first.
  • However, David Lidington, the de facto deputy prime minister, stated today that the elections would go ahead as there is no longer enough parliamentary time to pass the necessary Brexit legislation.

Labour MPs say they won’t back a Brexit deal without a people’s vote

  • Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have resumed efforts on a cross-party deal that can get Brexit across the line. However, Corbyn faces opposition from at least 60 MPs to a customs pact with May without a second vote.
  • Senior party sources said they believe two-thirds of Labour MPs, including several shadow cabinet ministers and many more frontbenchers, would refuse to back a deal without a people’s vote attached. Theresa May is preparing to make new proposals of a temporary customs union until the next election, matching EU employment rights in the future and alignment of single market regulations on goods.
  • Yet Nigel Evans, executive secretary of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tories, has stated: “If there is a compromise that turns out to be a kind of ‘Brexit in name only’ involving anything close to a customs union, there would be more than 100 Tory MPs who would never support it.”