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Britain's ruling Conservative Party can not let itself be defined exclusively by Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May's de facto deputy said on Sunday, as polling showed failure to leave the European Union on schedule has badly damaged its support.

But they have refused to support the prime minister's withdrawal agreement over concerns with the controversial Irish backstop, which aims to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

The Brexit Party has 70 candidates and sees the upcoming elections, which begin on May 23, as a "first step", Farage said at the launch event in the English city of Coventry on Friday.

Labour would increase its number of MPs by 34, making them the largest party in the British parliament.

Meanwhile, an analysis of various polls by the Sunday Telegraph showed that the Tories would lose almost 60 seats in a potential snap election that could come over May's failure to deliver on Brexit.

He said meetings later this week would be divided into different subjects led by relevant ministers and their Labour opposite numbers.

Britain was due to have left the EU earlier European elections in May.

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It would win 296 seats of the 650 parliamentary seats, against 259 for the Conservatives.

A poll by Opinium covered in the Observer said that support for Tories had fallen to 29 percent, down six percentage points compared to a fortnight ago.

Without any consensus in parliament, reflective of a deeply divided population, all outcomes remain possible in the coming weeks and months: leaving the European Union with a deal, a disorderly exit without a deal, or another vote on whether to leave at all.

Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that continuing Brexit "paralysis" would be "highly damaging" to the UK's global standing and worldwide trading partners "are anxious that we will become submerged in the mire of Brexit indecision".

Lidington said: "These are hard, delicate negotiations where we are testing out other people's ideas".

David Lidington, who is leading the talks with Labour on subjects such as environmental standards, workers rights and the security relationship with the European Union, said the discussions were going to continue next week but that they wouldn't last months.

European leaders agreed to push the official Brexit date back to Halloween at last week's special summit in Brussels.

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