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May, Corbyn looking to stem political fallout with Brexit compromise

But most members of both their parties are not optimistic that move can break deadlock

British Prime Minister Theresa May has launched negotiations with the leader of the country's main opposition Labour party in a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise over the terms of Britain's departure from the European Union.

But although Mrs May's highly unusual move of seeking the opposition's support for Brexit - as the process of the country's separation from the EU is popularly known - has surprised political observers in a country accustomed to sharp confrontations between government and opposition, doubts persist over the leaders' ability to end a crisis which has paralysed Britain for months.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2019, with the headline 'May, Corbyn looking to stem political fallout with Brexit compromise'. Print Edition | Subscribe