- Jeremy Corbyn says he feels a "very worrying sense" that Theresa May is making no progress in Brexit talks.
- The Labour leader accuses the government of being stuck in "groundhog day" over negotiations.
- May insists Britain and the EU are within "touching distance" of progress in talks.
LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn today accused the government of being in stuck in "groundhog day" over Brexit, claiming Theresa May had made no progress in negotiations with the EU since her Florence speech.
Responding to Prime Minister's May update to the House of Commons on Brexit talks, the Labour leader said he had a "very worrying sense" that the British side had made no progress since May's keynote speech in Italy.
"I'm beginning to feel a very worrying sense of groundhog day here," Corbyn said.
"Every time she gives us an update on the progress of negotiations... only two weeks ago she told this House that her speech in Florence had put momentum in the Article 5o negotiations and that an agreement of phase one of these talks was in touching distance.
"Well, here we are again," Corbyn added.
"After another round of talks, we are still no clearer as to when negotiations on our future with Britain's largest trading partner will actually begin, and no clearer as to what she's actually agreed to in phase one of these talks."
"We are clearly stuck in an impasse. No progress abroad, and no progress at home."
In her speech to the House, May said she was "ambitious and positive" about negotiations, and claimed that "significant progress" had been made on the issues of Northern Ireland and citizens rights.
The prime minister addressed MPs following reports in the European press that she "begged for help" during a recent dinner with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
May reiterated that Britain is actively preparing for "every eventuality," including Britain dropping out of the EU with no deal in place.
However, May said she was confident of striking a deal before the end of Article 50 talks in March 2019, claiming EU leaders shared her belief that talks should be held "in the spirit of friendship of cooperation."
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