The anti-EU Brexit Party of United Kingdom launches EU election Effort

Central among the issues for the talks is whether the government is prepared to give ground to Labour on a future customs union with the European Union - something ministers oppose, but which is a key plank of Labour's Brexit proposal.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves Downing Street in London, Britain April 10, 2019.

"We've got to deliver the outcome of the referendum. but, the Conservative Party has got to remain a broad church, a national party, and it's got to be talking about things that matter to people in their everyday lives: housing, health service, living standards".

Nigel Farage, the leader of the new Brexit Party, says his anti-EU group will mirror UKIP on policies, but when it comes to personnel there will be a "vast difference", with no far-right faction.

An analysis of polls since the original intended March 29 exit day, published in the Sunday Telegraph, showed the Conservatives would lose 59 parliamentary seats if an election were held.

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.

CBI director-general, Carolyn Fairbairn, said businesses will adjust their plans to cope with a potential'no-deal' Brexit however, won't be cancelling them.

Eurosceptic Iain Duncan Smith, a former Conservative Party leader, said May should be ready to quit in June.

The Conservative Party faces being swept from power by Jeremy Corbyn with the loss of almost 60 seats in the event of a general election, according to new polling.

The idea of a new referendum was among several Brexit alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's deal that were put to lawmakers in the last month but which all fell short of a majority in parliament.

  • Joey Payne