As Brexit talks progress, UK PM May strug­gles to find sup­port at home

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LON­DON: Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May was strug­gling on Fri­day to find con­sen­sus on Brexit pro­pos­als that would be ac­cept­able to her min­is­ters, her Con­ser­va­tive Party and the North­ern Ir­ish law­mak­ers who prop up her mi­nor­ity govern­ment.

Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Euro­pean Union have ac­cel­er­ated and be­come more pos­i­tive over the past week, though sig­nif­i­cant hur­dles re­main, fi­nance min­is­ter Philip Ham­mond said.

“What has hap­pened over the last week, 10 days, is that there has been a mea­sur­able change in pace,” he told the BBC.

“But that shouldn’t con­ceal the fact that we still have some big dif­fer­ences left to re­solve,” Ham­mond said. “So process is a lot more pos­i­tive this week - sub­stance still very chal­leng­ing.”

With less than six months to go un­til the United King­dom is due to leave the EU, May is seek­ing to rally sup­port at home on the de­tails of a di­vorce deal though it is un­clear if she can win par­lia­ment’s ap­proval for any agree­ment.

Bri­tain warned on Fri­day that leav­ing the EU with­out a di­vorce deal would mean drug­mak­ers need­ing to stock­pile ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ments from re­main­ing mem­ber states in case of bor­der de­lays.

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