The Prime Minister feels Labour could be acting faster in Brexit negotiations.

The Government desperately wants to avoid the UK having to take part in European Parliament elections next month so wants a quick solution in talks with Jeremy Corbyn and his team.

Theresa May acknowledged the Labour leader was serious after meetings resumed today but felt he could be moving things along quicker.

Mrs May’s official spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister said discussions with Labour had been serious but had also been difficult in some areas, such as in relation to the timetable for the negotiations.

‘The PM said the Government’s position was that progress needed to be made urgently as it was vital to deliver on the result of the referendum and for the UK to leave the European Union as soon as possible.’

But Mr Corbyn disagreed he was not being speedy and instead blamed the Government for shifting red lines.

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He added: ‘We’ll continue putting our case but quite honestly there’s got to be change in the Government’s approach.

‘They cannot keep on just regurgitating what has already been emphatically rejected three times by Parliament, there’s got to be a change.’

He reiterated Labour wanted a solution that included a customs union with the EU.

Mr Corbyn said: ‘People might have voted to leave or to remain in the referendum nearly three years ago – they didn’t vote to lose their jobs, they didn’t vote to have a de-regulated society.’

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Mrs May is also facing pressure from Conservatives who want her to name a date for her departure.

Officers of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee were meeting in Westminster this evening to consider proposals to change party rules to allow MPs to challenge Mrs May’s position as leader as early as June.

More talks are expected this week after the meeting broke up without agreement.

Mrs May could table Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) in the Commons as early as next week, even if cross-party talks have not reached a conclusion.