Theresa May accused of running down the clock as she offers more Brexit talks with Corbyn
Theresa May has written to Jeremy Corbyn dismissing his calls for a customs union but welcoming further talks.
The letter comes as the prime minister accused of running down the clock in order to force MPs to back her Brexit deal.
Brexit secretary Steve Barclay is heading to Strasbourg for talks over the Brexit deal today.
The EU is not planning to offer May the concessions she has asked for.
LONDON — Theresa May has been accused of running down the clock in an attempt to force MPs to back her Brexit deal, after she called again for more talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Writing to the Labour party leader on Sunday evening, May dismissed his calls to remain in a customs union but backed further talks as the prime minister seeks to buy more time to renegotiate her Brexit deal in Brussels.
In an unusually conciliatory letter, May told Corbyn that both parties should discuss how “alternative arrangements” to the Irish backstop — a mechanism designed to avoid a hard border — might work.
She also said she was “grateful” to Corbyn for meeting her last week, but ruled out remaining in the customs union — one of the Labour leader’s demands for supporting her deal.
Responding to his letter of last week, May wrote: “It is good to see that we agree that the UK should leave the European Union with a deal and that the urgent task at hand is to find a deal that honours our commitments to the people of Northern Ireland, can command support in Parliament and can be negotiated with the EU – not to seek an election or second referendum.”
But in a bid to win over potential Labour rebels, the prime minister made a concession on environmental and workers’ rights, dismissing Corbyn’s call for full alignment with the …read more
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