Published: Thu, April 04, 2019
Money | By Arnold Ball

May seeks fresh Brexit delay, Labour talks

May seeks fresh Brexit delay, Labour talks

Corbyn responded saying he was "very happy" to meet.

Britain has either to leave the EU April 12 or propose an alternative course of action, and all 27 other EU countries would have to sign off on a further delay to Brexit.

She wants to agree a policy with the Labour leader for MPs to vote on before 10 April - when the European Union will hold an emergency summit on Brexit.

"Even if, after today, we don't know what the end result will be, let us be patient", Tusk said on Twitter.

He added: "Indeed every time we seek an extension to this process we diminish faith in our political system and the good people, from all political parties, who serve within it".

A second referendum: Corbyn took a long time to come around to the prospect of a second vote, but ultimately supported a plan from one of his backbenchers for a confirmatory vote on any deal May gets through Parliament.

May said she was "taking action to break the logjam".

But some in the Labour Party have cast her gambit as a trap aimed at scaring her own lawmakers into backing her thrice-defeated deal, or as a way to extend responsibility for the difficulties of Brexit to the Labour Party.

The spokesperson confirmed the party's position on migration had not changed since the 2017 referendum, when Labour vowed that "freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union".

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But last week MPs voted to allow backbenchers to take control of business for the day, giving Ms Cooper the opportunity to have the bill debated and voted on.

Speaking on the latest twist, Mr Benyon said: "She has come up with a proposal which involves working with Labour and finding something Parliament can live with, which may involve Britain staying in a customs arrangement with the EU".

The impasse has already delayed Brexit for at least two weeks beyond the planned departure date of March 29 to 2200 GMT on April 12.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that while he was "open" to a lengthy delay on certain conditions, it was "neither a certainty nor automatic".

The EU should prepare for the implications of a no-deal Brexit on the future security partnership with the United Kingdom, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee on Tuesday (2 April).

The EP's Committee on Civil Liberties proposed Wednesday that after Brexit, British citizens would be able to enter European Union countries visa-free for short periods, "provided European Union nationals enjoy the same conditions when travelling to the U.K." said a committee statement.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he believed European Union leaders were open to further delay and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would "fight until the last minute" for an orderly British exit.

However, hardline eurosceptic Conservative MPs reacted furiously to the move.

Eurosceptic Tories were furious at the developments, with Jacob Rees-Mogg describing the offer to Mr Corbyn as "deeply unsatisfactory" and accusing Mrs May of planning to collaborate with "a known Marxist", while former foreign secretary Boris Johnson said he was disappointed.

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