Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Money | By Arnold Ball

May offers Corbyn further Brexit talks in attempt to secure deal

May offers Corbyn further Brexit talks in attempt to secure deal

But senior backbench Conservative Party member of Parliament Boris Johnson, a strong supporter of a hard exit from the European Union, told Radio 4's Today program May should stop exchanging letters with Corbyn and focus on renegotiating the Irish backstop portion of the proposed withdrawal deal, which has been its most contentious component.

Christine Lagarde spoke at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where she didn't hesitate to criticize Britain's upcoming departure from the European Union, known as Brexit.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said Labour's proposals were "not workable" while Boris Johnson accused Mr Corbyn of trying to trap the Government in a "toxic" Brexit.

"The point is to ensure the United Kingdom can not be held in a backstop permanently, how it's achieved is not something to be purist about", Leadsom told BBC radio.

And he insisted the United Kingdom must be able to unilaterally leave any Northern Ireland backstop in the next three years.

She insisted her deal already met numerous conditions he had set.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she wants further talks with the opposition on a Brexit deal. "We must have our own independent trade policy, ' her spokesman said".

Mrs Leadsom said there was "no chance" Mrs May would adopt Mr Corbyn's "view of the world", adding: 'The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear we're leaving the EU, we're leaving the customs union, we're leaving the single market'.

Mrs Leadsom said: "I think she's making quite clear that what Corbyn is demanding is actually not as good as what the Prime Minister's deal is offering".

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The Prime Minister said a corridor in the State will bring industry and investment options and opportunities for the State's youth.

Mrs May has previously ruled out a customs union, which would restrict the UK's ability to strike trade deals, and could face Cabinet resignations if she changed her position.

Mrs May rejected Labour's demand to automatically follow European Union rules on workers' rights and environmental protection.

Mrs May wants the two parties to discuss how "alternative arrangements" to the Irish backstop - a commitment to avoid a hard border - could work.

Last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set out the conditions under which he would instruct his party to support an exit deal in parliament.

"By getting the changes we need to the backstop; by protecting and enhancing workers" rights and environmental protections; and by enhancing the role of Parliament in the next phase of negotiations I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support'.

There appears little prospect of an imminent breakthrough with Brussels, and Mrs May might not bring her deal back for a decisive vote this month.

And instead of a "meaningful" vote, ministers could be given another series of non-binding votes on possible Brexit alternatives by February 27 with the final vote on whether to approve or reject the deal delayed until the following month.

May is already due to update parliament on her progress towards a deal on Wednesday and then on Thursday to give parliament a chance to express their opinion.

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