Hopes of imminent Brexit deal fade after ‘tense’ cross-party talks

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Government concedes it cannot reach deal in time to avoid European elections

Hopes are fading that a cross-party Brexit deal could be struck within days after Labour sources described Tuesday’s three-hour round of talks as “the most robust to date”.

Labour’s negotiating team was irked by leaks to Sunday newspapers about concessions Theresa May was preparing to make, which they believe amounted to little more than a rehash of the existing deal.

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