Brexit can not define us, says UK PM's deputy as ratings dip

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Talks between the opposition Labour Party and the government have not produced a breakthrough in the Brexit impasse.

Britain's Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, April 1, 2019.

Meanwhile, an analysis of various polls by the Sunday Telegraph showed that the Tories would lose almost 60 seats in a potential snap election that could come over May's failure to deliver on Brexit.

Hunt, a Brexit convert and Tory leadership hopeful, said passing the European Union withdrawal bill remained a priority for the government, as reports suggested leading cabinet members were happy for May to stay in office until the autumn if she failed to get her deal through parliament.

Hunt said a continuation of the Brexit paralysis would be damaging to Britain's worldwide standing, adding that Japan was anxious the United Kingdom would become "submerged in the mire of Brexit indecision".

May has so far been unable to get the exit package she agreed previous year with the European Union approved by the British parliament, meaning Brexit day has been pushed back to avoid leaving without a deal.

An Opinium poll published in the Observer newspaper showed the Conservatives at 29 percent, down 6 points from March 28 and 7 points behind Labour.

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His comments come as two former chairmen of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs suggested that the rules that govern leadership challenges could be changed to allow members to move against the Prime Minister for a second time in 12 months.

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"If we're going to reach an agreement on this there's going to need to be movement from both sides", he said.

Steve Murrells, chief executive of retailer Co-op group, told the BBC the government had "kicked the can down the road" on Brexit, but that his firm would continue to plan for the worst-case scenario of leaving without a deal.

Leading British eurosceptic Nigel Farage has launched a new political party with a promise of a "democratic revolution" in United Kingdom politics, beginning with the European Parliament elections in May.

"This party is not here just to fight the European elections".

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith called Sunday on May to resign as prime minister next month. The Prime Minister failed to get her Withdrawal Agreement through the House of Commons on three separate occasions and has also now requested two separate delays to Britain's exit date from the European Union, with the most recent extension set to last until October 31st unless a deal can be agreed before then.