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PM’s deputy David Lidington has hopes for Labour talks

THERESA MAY’S deputy has confirmed Brexit talks with Labour will continue this week amid speculation that the two sides are still no closer to a pact.

David Lidington (pictured) told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show yesterday he had held a ‘good, business-like meeting’ with the shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

He added: ‘What we have agreed is a programme of meetings next week on particular subjects, with the ministers and shadow ministers concerned getting together to talk about things like environmental standards, like workers’ rights, like security relationships between the UK and the EU.

‘We would hope to take stock of where we are as soon as parliament gets back after the Easter recess.’

The Cabinet Office minister also warned the attempts to find a compromise that could get Mrs May’s deal through the Commons should not be allowed to ‘drag out for much longer’.

‘We have always made it clear that while we will do our best to try and reach a compromise with the main opposition party, it would mean compromise on both sides,’ he said.

‘If that doesn’t work then what we will want to move towards is to put before parliament a set of options with a system for making a choice, and parliament actually having to come to a preferred option, rather than voting against everything. We will stand ready to implement what parliament decides.’