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May's Brexit talks with Labour grave mistake: Ex-Minister

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UK Theresa May's talks with the opposition were a "grave mistake", according to a former

"Even if Labour do a deal, break bread with the and announce that both parties have reached an agreement, it can only ever end in tears," the quoted former Gavin Williamson, who was sacked by May earlier this month, as saying.

Williamson was sacked following an inquiry into a leak from a top-level meeting. He has "strenuously" denied leaking the information.

"The does not exist to help the will do all he can to divide, disrupt and frustrate the Conservatives in the hope of bringing down the

"His goal, and he has made no secret of it, is to bring about a general election," he added.

Williamson's remark on Saturday comes as May is hoping to reach a cross-party consensus on agreement after failing to get it through Parliament three times.

He added that the seemed oblivious to the fact many Conservatives believe that she was "negotiating with the enemy".

"Even if we get to a point where agrees a deal with the Prime Minister, when it comes to detailed scrutiny of the votes, Labour will revert to form.

"Even if it passes the first few votes, it will fail later," he said.

The UK had been due to leave the on March 29, but the deadline was pushed to October 31 after Parliament was unable to agree a way forward.

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 10:00 IST
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