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Faltering Brexit talks limp on amid UK political impasse

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May smiles during a visit to the Leisure Box while on the local elections campaign in Brierfield, England, Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

LONDON — Britain’s government and opposition are holding more talks about striking a compromise Brexit deal, although neither side sounds optimistic about progress.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives and the left-wing Labour Party plan to resume negotiations Monday. But they remain divided over how close a relationship to seek with the European Union after Britain leaves.

The EU has agreed to delay Brexit until Oct. 31 to give Britain’s deadlocked politicians more time to approve a divorce deal.

But there has been little progress toward breaking the impasse that has seen lawmakers reject the government’s Brexit agreement three times.

Unless the agreement is approved by May 22, Britain will hold elections the next day for seats in the European Parliament, almost three years after the U.K. voted to leave the 28-nation bloc.

The Associated Press