The government and Labour are continuing talks aimed at breaking the deadlock in Parliament over Brexit.

Cabinet ministers David Lidington and Michael Gove are in discussions with shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

EU leaders have agreed to delay the UK’s departure date from 12 April to 31 October, to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Theresa May has said the UK can still leave before 22 May, if a deal is agreed, to avoid having to take part in elections to the European Parliament.

Theresa May defends 31 October delay

The UK was originally due to leave the EU on 29 March, but its departure date has been delayed twice because UK MPs have rejected the withdrawal agreement negotiated between the UK and the EU three times.

Under EU rules, the UK will

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