Senior Conservatives tell May to ditch Brexit talks with Labour May 15, 2019 0 1818 12345 ReutersLONDONBritish Prime Minister Theresa May was told by senior members of her own party on Tuesday to abandon talks to find a Brexit compromise with the opposition Labour Party as pressure mounted on her to name a date for standing down.Nearly three years after the United Kingdom voted 52% to 48% to leave the European Union, there is still no agreement among British politicians about when, how or even if the divorce should take place.The country was due to have left the European Union on March 29, but May has been unable to get her divorce deal approved by parliament, so she has turned to the Labour Party, led by socialist Jeremy Corbyn, for help. Thirteen of May’s former cabinet colleagues as well as Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, wrote to May to ask her not to agree to Labour’s demand for a post-Brexit customs union with the EU.“You would have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our party and with likely nothing to show for it,” the letter said. “We urge you to think again.” “No leader can bind his or her successor so the deal would likely be at best temporary, at worst illusory,” said the letter, which was signed by Gavin Williamson, who was sacked as defence minister this month, and former foreign minister Boris Johnson.May has repeatedly ruled out signing up to a permanent customs union. Corbyn said last week May had made no big offer on Brexit and had not moved her “red lines”. At a meeting with the parliamentary Labour Party on Monday, Corbyn came under pressure to clarify his position on Brexit, with both backers of a second referendum and others who want a deal to leave arguing their case, sources say. RELATED ARTICLES Philippines gives thumbs-up to Duterte as loyalists dominate election May 15, 2019 0 1339 Don’t meddle in next US presidential vote: Pompeo tells Russia May 15, 2019 0 1902 Iran foreign minister in India for talks after US sanctions May 15, 2019 0 530 Violence during BJP president’s roadshow in Kolkata; arson outside college hostel Agencies kolkatta Students, learnt to be members of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad, were protesting near the front gate of Calcutta University and shouting “Amit Shah go back” slogans. Angered by the protest, BJP workers, .. China praises Pakistan for ‘swift action’ after terror attack at Hotel BEIJING: China has praised the Pakistan’s security forces for their “swift action” in neutralising the terrorists who attacked a luxury hotel in Gwadar and ensured the safety of the Chinese personnel and institutions .. 4 cops killed in Pakistan’s Quetta terror attack ARYNEWS ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Imran Khan while condemning the Quetta terrorists’ attack has sought a detailed report from the concerned authorities, ARY News reported on Tuesday. The terrorist attack in Quetta’s .. Bangladesh sets up new court to try opposition leader Dhaka: Bangladeshi authorities have set up a new makeshift court adjacent to a jail outside the capital Dhaka to try imprisoned opposition leader Khaleda Zia, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Zia, a two-time former prime .. Escalating anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lankan claim first life AFP Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka announced Tuesday a curfew for a second straight night after a man was killed by sword-wielding rioters in an escalating anti-Muslim backlash following the Easter terror attacks. .. US warns EU over ‘poison pill’ defence plans Brussels: The United States has sent a stern warning to the European Union that its plans to boost defence cooperation within the bloc could unravel decades of transatlantic cooperation and damage NATO. A May 1 letter .. Putin meets Pompeo as US seeks ‘a way forward’ Sochi: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the highest-level talks between the rival powers in nearly a year, dealt with a raft of disagreements from Venezuela to Iran to .. Democrats and Trump fight in court over his financial records WASHINGTON: A federal judge on Tuesday said financial records from US President Donald Trump’s long-time accounting firm would be part of a “proper subject of investigation” by Congress, appearing to side with ..