Labour and Tories reject Theresa May’s call for cooperation

Iain Duncan Smith: ‘If you think you can reach out to the Labour party with the leadership they have got at the moment you must be living in a mad place.’ Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock

Theresa May’s appeal for cross-party unity to halt the deepening Brexit crisis appear to have been rejected after the former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said there was “no way on earth” the public wanted was the Tories teaming up with Jeremy Corbyn.

The Tory rebel, who had been gathering plotters in his office hours before the vote that could have ended May’s premiership, said what the party needed was for the prime minister to threaten to walk away from the deal, not reach out to Labour.

“If you think you can reach out to the Labour party with the leadership they have got at the moment you must be living in a mad place, because there is no way on Earth the public want to see us deal with the Labour party,” he told BBC’s Today programme.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.