Britain's Labour to guarantee EU citizens rights if wins election

"We are a genuine cross-party campaign and therefore do not believe it is our place to encourage the public to vote for certain candidates during a general election".

Her visit is timely, with Labour on the back foot over its plans for Brexit and an opinion poll suggesting her Conservatives are on track to win a majority of parliamentary seats in Wales for the first time in more than 100 years.

It comes after Tony Blair urged voters to put party allegiances aside and vote for MPs who had shown they were prepared to challenge the Prime Minister on a final Brexit deal that could harm the United Kingdom - even if they were Conservatives.

In Labour's first major policy statement on the issue of the election campaign, the party on Monday signalled that it would take a different approach to the two-year process of negotiating the European Union exit - expected to start in June, the BBC reported.

The party's Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said a Labour government would seek to retain the benefits of single-market membership. Jeremy Corbyn overcame odds of 200-1 against him by winning Labour's bitter leadership battle previous year, May noted.

Mr Davis also accused Labour of copying the Government's Brexit blueprint, given Theresa May has already said she will seek the greatest possible access to the single market and remain in the customs union.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer will say Labour would ditch the Government's negotiating plans for quitting the bloc.

Rennie said: "It's beggars belief that the First Minister who is wanting to lead us into another independence referendum because of Brexit barely mentions Brexit at all during a general election campaign that is about Brexit".

It would also replace May's Great Repeal Bill with legislation to ensure that European Union environmental protections continue to apply and rights for workers and consumers are protected, he will say.

Starmer told BBC radio May's stance was part of her "rigid" and "reckless " strategy that was alienating European Union negotiators before the talks have started in earnest and that Labour would set a more conciliatory tone to win a good deal which would include preferential access to the bloc's single market.

The UK could relinquish its right to cut post-Brexit worldwide trade deals if it gets a good withdrawal agreement with the EU, Labour has suggested.

"We will scrap the government's Brexit White Paper and replace it with fresh negotiating priorities that reflect Labour values. And we will approach negotiations in a completely different way to a Tory Brexit: negotiating for the many, not the few".

In a fresh intervention on Tuesday, Mr Blair said the Conservatives' position on Brexit must be "turned against them".

  • Leroy Wright