European Union elections: Tories sink to fifth in London, poll shows

Theresa May’s party slumps to fifth place in opinion poll as pressure mounts for her to step down

The British government agreed on Tuesday that it was "imperative" to ratify Britain's exit from the European Union before the summer break, setting out the clearest deadline so far for Brexit and the prime minister's possible departure.

Labour negotiators want any deal struck with the government reflected in the non-binding political declaration, which sets out the framework for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union and was published alongside Mrs May's withdrawal agreement.

The signatories were said to include Gavin Williamson, who she sacked as defence secretary, Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, who claim she risks losing the "loyal middle" of the Tory Party if she gives ground to Labour's demands about entering into a customs union-based deal.

Ms Moran said it was "totally wrong" to suggest her decision was linked to an incident which saw police deal with a row between her and her then partner.

On May 23, British citizens and European and Commonwealth citizens resident in the United Kingdom will vote to select 73 candidates for the European Parliament; they will take up their seats in July for a five-year term.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said a compromise was not impossible but talks could not continue "indefinitely".

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After twice delaying its exit from the European Union, Britain is reluctantly taking part in European Parliament elections on May 23, nearly three years after the referendum vote for Brexit.

Previous "indicative votes" failed to find agreement on any way forward. The country was due to leave the bloc on March 29, but now has a new departure date of October 31, although that date could be pushed back, too.

Widdecombe will stand for the party headed up by Nigel Farage in the European elections on 23 May. He argues that the splintered nature of the "Remain" parties - Change U.K., the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the Scottish National Party - could enhance their ability to reach a diverse range of supporters.

Education Minister Damian Hinds said the European elections were in effect a second referendum and would be hard for the Conservatives.

He told the BBC that pro-EU voters will "blame us for having tried to take us out" of the bloc.

Established political parties fear that Nigel Farage's Brexit Party will do very well at their expense - and also expect that confusion over centrist parties will split the vote of those who want to stay in the EU. "We're at the flawless storm".

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