May reveals Brexit deal compromises for Labour

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn

The Prime Minister was issued a further reminder of Tory opposition to a permanent customs union today, when senior Conservative MPs wrote a letter setting out their objections to such a deal, while Corbyn has also come under pressure from his own side to end the cross-party Brexit talks.

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill will be introduced in parliament in the week beginning 3 June - the same week as Donald Trump's state visit and a crucial by-election in Peterborough - leaving just three weeks to find a Commons majority on Brexit.

But her ministers discussed at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday "the compromises the government was prepared to consider" and agreed to keep talking, May's spokesman said.

It is understood that, in the meeting with May tonight, Corbyn rejected any suggestion that Labour would support the withdrawal agreement bill without prior agreement.

Defeat in the Commons vote would nearly certainly spell the end of Mrs May's tenure since it would bring to an end the parliamentary...

Talks on Tuesday evening between May and leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn "were both useful and constructive", he added.

"Her withdrawal deal will not get through parliament".

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The Prime Minister has been engaged in cross-party talks with Jeremy Corbyn since she asked for the latest deadline delay until October 31.

Parliament usually breaks for the summer in the second half of July although the exact date has not yet been set.

May, who secured the Conservative Party leadership and the premiership in the chaos that followed Britain's 2016 vote to leave the European Union, is under pressure from some of her own lawmakers to set a date for her departure.

"You would have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our party and with likely nothing to show for it", the letter said.

But Mr Bone said unless there were substantial changes to the Irish backstop within the Withdrawal Agreement, it would not be backed by MPs.

"We don't think there is a deal there yet", Labour economy spokesperson John McDonnell said. "Not unless she comes to a deal with us and frankly, the signs are not good". Vara, who voted for remain in the 2016 referendum, said May's deal "leaves the United Kingdom in a half-way house with no time limit on when we will finally be a sovereign nation".

Ministers are split on whether asking parliament to choose its preferred Brexit, probably based on ranking different options, is a Trojan Horse to deliver what some see as an appalling Brexit in Name Only, a disgraceful abdication of responsibility by government, an impractical and total waste of time or a longshot that is worth exploring given that all other initiatives to secure a departure from the European Union have failed.

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