Labour braced for showdown over second referendum – the Guardian

  • Labour is braced for a showdown over whether to back a referendum on any Brexit deal when the party’s governing body meets to agree its draft European elections manifesto on Tuesday.
  • Party sources suggested the party was likely to agree a compromise option where it would support a referendum in order to prevent Theresa May’s Brexit deal or leaving without a deal, describing that wording as “the path of least resistance”.
  • The Labour MPs behind the parliamentary drive for a confirmatory referendum on Brexit also wrote to the NEC urging it to use the European elections to campaign for a fresh poll regardless of whether a deal has been reached with the government.
  • A source close to the NEC said they expected a compromise would be reached which would commit the party to campaign for a referendum to stop a “Tory Brexit” and leave open the possibility of a fresh poll in other circumstances.

Cross-party talks ‘productive’ and ‘constructive’ – BBC

  • The latest talks between ministers and Labour to try to end the Brexit impasse were “positive” and “productive”, the PM’s de facto deputy has said.
  • Speaking afterwards, David Lidington said he was “encouraged” by a sense from both sides about the “need to inject greater urgency” into the talks. He said there would be further meetings between the parties this week.
  • Ministers insist it is still their aim to get MPs’ approval for the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU by 22 May so the country does not have to take part in elections to the European Parliament a day later.