UK opposition campaigns, govt lies low, in EU election | AP business

Larry Hoffman
May 11, 2019

May is under increasing pressure from MPs and activists in her Conservative party unhappy over Brexit, which was due to take place on March 29 but has been delayed twice.

The elections are faring up to be one of the most contentious in years, with recent polls pointing to a decisive victory for Nigel Farage's Brexit party.

The prime minister is set to make a token effort this weekend - possibly taking part in telephone canvassing - but will not make a public appearance on the stump.

May has lost heavily on three attempts to get her Brexit deal through parliament.

He also criticised the government for failure to compromise on Brexit, and said that he still hoped the government would move on its red lines.

Cross-party talks between the government and the opposition Labour Party have not produced a breakthrough in the Brexit impasse.

Brexit-backing Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns told Mrs May she had "failed" in European Union withdrawal negotiations and forfeited the trust of the public.

Exasperation with Mrs May boiled over after Mr Lidington, her de facto deputy, confirmed that Britain would fight the European elections in 15 days' time despite months of assurances to the contrary.

In a speech to activists on Thursday as he launched Labour's European election campaign in Chatham, Kent, Corbyn criticised bankers, the government and unscrupulous bosses, and made it clear he is determined to straddle both sides of the bitter Brexit divide.

Lawmaker Mary Creagh said "if Labour stands in the middle of the road on Brexit we'll get run over from both directions". Isn't it time to step aside and let someone else lead our country, our party and the Brexit negotiations?'

And he underlined his party's desire to move the debate beyond Britain's exit from the European Union and on to domestic policy issues.

Meanwhile, the newly formed Change U.K. party is one of several parties fighting to attract the votes of pro-EU citizens fed up with the Conservatives and Labour.

After losing more than 1,000 Conservative councillors at last week's local elections, the Prime Minister has managed to stave off the latest bid to topple her. for now.

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