Last-stop attempts by Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to reach a compromise on the Brexit looked doomed Saturday when party leaders were confronted with rebellions by their own MPs and activists.
After Thursday's local elections, in which both Conservatives and Labor were severely punished by voters for not breaking the political stalemate, May and Corbyn insisted that their parties now urgently need to agree on a forward party in talks between parties that will resume on Tuesday. On Saturday, the Prime Minister repeated her call and said, "We must find a way to break the deadlock. I believe the results of the local elections will give a new impetus to that."
But opposition MPs and Tory Brexiters warn against any deal that the leading teams sew behind the scenes, which will inevitably be defeated in parliament and cause more division in the parties.
The Observer can reveal that 104 opposition MPs, mainly Labor but also SNP, Change UK, Green and Plaid Cymru, have written to May and Corbyn that they don't have a & # 39; Westminster-seam & # 39; support, unless there is a firm guarantee that each deal will then go to a confirmatory referendum.
The MPs say, "The worst thing we can do right now is a Westminster breach, whether it's the Prime Minister's deal or another deal. This risks alienating both those who voted in 2016 and those who voted "They say that" regardless of the deal "should be the subject of another referendum, so that voters can have the" last word ".
Separately, senior Tory MPs insisted that any agreement with Labor where anything close to a customs union – Corbyn's central requirement in the talks – would be rejected by more than 100 MPs from the party, who would see it as a betrayal of the promises of May at Brexit.
Nigel Evans, executive secretary of the members of the 1922 Tory Committee, said: "If there is a compromise that is a kind of & Brexit only in the name & # 39; with something close to a customs union, there would be more than 100 Tory MPs who would never support it, especially after the local elections. "
Another member of the 1922 executive said that even if an agreement were reached between parties that could bear the support of two-thirds of Labor MPs, it would probably be thwarted by two-thirds of Tory backbenchers.
While both parties continue to process the local election results, which have seen the Tories lose around 1,300 seats in their worst result since the 1990s and Labor have lost more than 60, leaders' anger about Brexit's approach was intensified between MPs and members .
Alanna Vine, president of Cheadle Conservative Association, said: "Our party's failure to deliver the Brexit has been toxic. If we do not change course – immediately stop discussions with Corbyn about our stay in the EU Customs Union and stop endlessly extending our leave date – our party will be wiped out for a generation. "
Alexander Curtis, President of the Hertford and Stortford Conservative Association, said: "Colleagues have paid heavily for our Prime Minister's failure to believe in and support the decision of 17.4 million voters to join the EU People are sick of our incompetence and inability to keep and keep our promises. We will be destroyed in the Euro election if we break a new promise and adopt Corbyn's customs union plan. "
Writing for The Guardian, Bridget Phillipson, Labor MP for Sunderland South, said the loss of her party's counsel was not due to the election of voters, but that the supporters of the area "gave us a bloody nose and showed us that their aid is not unconditional ". She added: "It should be a source of shame for all of us that Labor's position on the most urgent challenge our country faces has been wallowing in fudge for three years."
In the Observer, the Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable, whose party made strong profits, along with the Greens, on Thursday, suggests that if pro-stay parties should stop the Brexit they should look at ways to work together after the European elections on May 23 . Cable says: "Once the immediate battlefield for votes is over, liberals and social democrats in all parties must look again at how we exert influence when a general election finally arrives. Millions of voters are politically homeless and looking for a vote. & # 39;
In the statement of Saturday evening, May said: "We will continue to negotiate and try to find a solution. Because the real thing that matters now is Brexit and goes on with all the other things that people care about. The longer that takes, the greater the risk that we will not leave at all – we must leave the EU and get a deal about it. & # 39;
On Saturday, health secretary Matt Hancock suggested that the government could reach a compromise with Labor on a post-Brexit customs union agreement with the EU.
He said the local election results on Thursday were a call from voters to "deliver Brexit and then move on".