Brexit news LIVE: Theresa May told to ditch cross-party talks while Labour pushes for second referendum

Theresa May is being encouraged to scrap her Brexit talks with the Labour party. 

The PM’s negotiations with the opposition have hit a wall after Jeremy Corbyn’s chief negotiator insisted a second referendum must be part of any deal.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer warned it was “impossible” to see how an agreement between the Conservatives and Labour could clear the Commons unless it guaranteed the deal would be put back to the public for a “confirmatory vote”.

Sir Keir made the comments as crunch talks between Cabinet ministers and senior Labour figures were set to resume on Monday.

Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has appealed for disillusioned Conservatives to stick with the party for the sake of Theresa May’s replacement.

The leader of the European Research Group of Tories told LBC Radio:

I would appeal to their loyalty, to their tradition and to say that the Conservative Party will get a new leader at some point.

We want that new leader to have a base on which he or she can build and if we find that we are getting under 15% of the vote, if we are coming fifth behind the Greens, then it will be harder for that figure to rebuild.