BREXIT talks between Labour and the Tories broke down last night, with Jeremy Corbyn accusing the Prime Minister of failing to back down from her red lines.

It was the fifth day of talks between the two parties and there has seemingly been little accomplished.

The faltering negotiations came as a new poll revealed that support for the Tories and Labour has plummeted as a result of their incompetence over Brexit.

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Meanwhile, in a move that has further infuriated and alienated the Brexiteers on her backbenches, May has all but conceded that the Tories are to fight next month’s European elections.

In an email to potential candidates, the party says that “due to the current situation we will be contesting the European elections on May 23 2019”.

Last week more than 170 Tory MPs signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging her to ensure the UK does not take part in the European elections.

The party could face being wiped out in any election, with Leave supporters switching votes to Ukip or Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party.

Over the weekend, Sir Graham Brady (pictured below), chair of the 1922 Committee, told the Observer: “British participation in European elections three years after a majority of the British people voted to leave the EU would be a massive political mistake. The results for the mainstream parties would be likely to be poor and more extreme parties would be looking forward to a massive opportunity.

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“Everything should be done to ensure the UK leaves in the near future, obviating the need to participate in the European elections.”

The mess for May at home comes as the country edges closer to a no-deal Brexit.

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The Prime Minister is flying to Berlin and Paris today to meet with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron as she tries to win support for an extension to Brexit negotiations at tomorrow’s summit.

To avoid a no-deal Brexit on Friday, when the current extension comes to an end, the Prime Minister will have to show that she is working on a solution to the impasse in Westminster.

Last night, Corbyn said that could only happen if there was “real movement” by the Prime Minister on securing an agreement with “a customs union with the EU, alignment with the single market and full dynamic alignment of workers’ rights, environmental protections and consumer standards.”

Downing Street insisted May was treating the cross-party talks with “urgency”.

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Meanwhile, speaking during a visit to Dublin, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (pictured above) said that despite what Brexiteers promised, the UK could not escape demands for a £39 billion payment and a “backstop” for the Irish border by quitting without a deal.

“If the UK were to leave the EU without a deal we would not discuss anything with the UK until there is an agreement for Ireland and Northern Ireland as well as for citizens’ rights and the financial settlement.”

At a joint press conference with Leo Varadkar, Barnier told the Taoiseach: “You have our full support and, I have said before, the backstop is currently the only solution we have found to maintain the status-quo on the island of Ireland.”

He also said the EU “can be much more ambitious” in its future relations with the UK.

“The political declaration provides for a range of outcomes including a customs union. We are ready to make this clearer if this helps and this work can be done this extremely quickly,” he said.

If no deal can be reached with Labour, May has committed to putting a series of Brexit options to MPs.