UK's May seeks Brexit deal amid mounting pressure to quit

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Theresa May is in secret discussions over a second Brexit referendum which would give the British public a three-way choice between her deal, no deal and staying in the European Union, according to reports.

The head of a powerful Conservative committee is due to meet May Tuesday to deliver a demand for "clarity" about her departure date.

Brexit-supporting members of the committee are pushing for a contest to take place as soon as possible, with MPs agreeing a shortlist of two candidates before the summer recess and then Tory activists voting over the holiday period.

While Tory MPs are now powerless to hold another no-confidence motion until December, grassroots activists are planning to hold a vote on her future as soon as 15 June.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds told local media Tuesday that people should not "read too much" into the timing of the prime minister's meeting with Brady. The National Conservative Convention's vote on 15 June is non-binding, though, so the PM could ignore it.

The talks have been given new urgency by last week's local elections, which saw the Conservatives hammered and Labour also lose ground as voters expressed anger at the country's Brexit impasse.

Labour's Brexit team were back in Whitehall today for more talks on reaching a cross-party deal.

And Labour accused Mrs May of having "blown the confidentiality" of the talks.

"The time has come for her to resign", said lawmaker Bill Cash.

But Chancellor Philip Hammond defended the cross-party talks, suggesting the government had no other option. Reality Check unpacks the basics.

"It's aimed at Conservative supporters who think the prime minister is doing her best to get this over..."

Britain's Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, April 1, 2019.

No 10 is trying to get Labour over the line by presenting the withdrawal agreement as a stepping stone - i.e. hold your nose for now and you can carve out your own deal if you win the next election.

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