Published: Sun, May 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Theresa May remains deaf to this message about Brexit - leader comment

Theresa May remains deaf to this message about Brexit - leader comment

The Liberal Democrats were happy to win their target seat of Greetland and Stainland while group leader James Baker was comfortably returned in Warley.

Nearly three years after Britain voted narrowly to quit the European Union, both the date and terms of departure remain unclear amid political gridlock in Parliament.

With results in from more than two-thirds of the 259 local authorities up for grabs, the governing Conservatives had lost more than 700 seats.

The Lib Dems, as well as independent candidates, are the big winners in terms of seats-as were the Greens in terms of vote share.

Following the confrontation, Miss May turned back to the almost 200 audience members in the conference hall and humorously said, "I have to say my experience of North Wales is that everybody I meet here is friendly", provoking applause. This may be due to a lack of alternatives, with no Ukip in over 80 per cent of wards and no Brexit Party anywhere, but in any case there is little sign here of a "betrayal" backlash.

"The voters quite clearly rejected the Conservative view that MK is not pro-growth and endorsed our view that we are pro sensible growth".

Commentators believe the two main parties were punished by voters over their handling of the country's exit from the European Union.

An attempt by former Labour mayor Peter Doyle to return to the council, under the Veterans and Democrats banner, in the Kingstone ward failed, but Anita Cherryholme, who had given up a seat on the council to pursue a business venture previously found herself re-elected to represent the North East ward.

"I used to be a county councillor and I know that normal, ordinary people are sometimes afraid to stand up and say what they think".

Many Labour members blamed the party's poor showing on its ambivalent position on Brexit.

In the meantime, Labour are continuing to hold talks with May's government on a cross-party Brexit agreement, although party officials have warned that these talks will not bear fruit before the European elections on 23 May.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said voters" message "seems to be "a plague on both your houses' to the Conservatives and the Labour Party, who they see as a block on finding some sort of resolution to Brexit".

In contrast there were gains for the Lib Dems and the Greens who will now have a chance to shape policies going forward as part of a rainbow coalition as no party has overall control.

Independent candidates have taken four seats and The Green Party one.

She added that "the Labour party need to genuinely decide whether they are going to be a party that backs Brexit, or they are going to be a party that doesn't back Brexit".

Both parties have been locked in talks for the past few weeks to try to broker a Brexit deal that can get a majority in Parliament, after May's minority government suffered three heavy defeats on her preferred deal earlier this year.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Friday there was now a huge impetus on every lawmaker to get a Brexit deal done.

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