Published On: Tue, May 14th, 2019

Brexit news: No10 confirm ANOTHER vote on May’s deal after PM talks with Corbyn | Politics | News


The announcement follows on from further crunch Brexit talks between the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn tonight in order to break the Brexit impasse. Number 10 has stated the cross-party talks between Mrs May and Mr Corbyn were “useful and constructive” but stopped short in confirming if Labour would back the deal or if any changes had been made to the bill agreed with Brussels. Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement has been defeated by the House of Commons of three occasions and the failure to deliver Brexit has resulted in the UK’s participation in the European Parliament elections on May 23 .

A Downing Street spokesman said: “This evening the Prime Minister met the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU. “We will therefore be bringing forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning the 3rd June.

“It is imperative we do so then if the UK is to leave the EU before the summer Parliamentary recess.

“Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive.”

 

Downing Street also confirmed talks with the opposition will continue tomorrow at an “official level” to ensure a “swift exit” from the bloc.

He added: “Tomorrow, talks will continue at an official level as we seek the stable majority in Parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the UK’s swift exit from the EU.”

The introduction of the new Brexit legislation is now expected to coincide with the state visit of US president Donald Trump.

However it is understood Mr Corbyn has rejected any suggestion that Labour would support the Withdrawal Agreement Bill without agreement.

The Labour Party has “raised doubts” over the “credibility” of the Government commitments and insisted there still needs to be “further movement” from the Prime Minister.

A Labour Party Spokesperson, said: “The Labour leader set out the Shadow Cabinet’s concerns about the Prime Minister’s ability to deliver on any compromise agreement.

“In particular he raised doubts over the credibility of government commitments, following statements by Conservative MPs and Cabinet Ministers seeking to replace the Prime Minister.

“Jeremy Corbyn made clear the need for further movement from the government, including on entrenchment of any commitments.

“The Prime Minister’s team agreed to bring back documentation and further proposals tomorrow.”

Earlier today during a marathon Cabinet meeting, ministers stated it was now an “imperative” for a Brexit deal to get through Parliament by the summer recess.

With Theresa May’s future linked to the passage of a Brexit deal, getting legislation through the Commons and Lords by the summer break could also pave the way for her departure from Number 10.

This morning leading Brexiteers urged Mrs May to abandon cross-party discussions with Mr Corbyn.

A group of 13 former ministers and the chairman of the powerful backbench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady wrote to Mrs May urging her not to give in to Labour’s demand for a permanent customs union.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the eurosceptics said: ”We believe that a customs union-based deal with Labour will very likely lose the support of Conservative MPs, like us, who backed the Withdrawal Agreement in March … and you would be unlikely to gain as many Labour MPs to compensate.

“More fundamentally, you would have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our party and with likely nothing to show for it.

“No leader can bind his or her successor so the deal would likely be at best temporary, at worst illusory.”



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