May offers Corbyn further Brexit talks in attempt to secure deal

May offers Corbyn further Brexit talks in attempt to secure deal

May offers Corbyn further Brexit talks in attempt to secure deal

That leaves May battling to persuade a reluctant European Union to look again at the Irish backstop - a fallback policy created to prevent the resurrection of a hard border in Ireland if talks to find a long-term trade arrangement fail.

In her letter, Mrs May said she wanted discussions between Tory and Labour teams to start considering "alternative arrangements" to the backstop contained within the withdrawal agreement.

Mr Johnson suggested he could back the Brexit deal if it included a time limit and unilateral exit mechanism from the Irish border backstop, but the former foreign secretary warned putting the changes in a codicil to the withdrawal agreement would not be good enough.

May's Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, traveled to Strasbourg on Monday to meet the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, and talk about the Irish backstop issue, which aims to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic by binding the United Kingdom to European Union rules until a free-trade deal is inked, something critics fear could indefinitely trap the United Kingdom in a watered-down version of European Union membership.

"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.

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.

But No 10 said it rejected any proposals to remain in a customs union with the EU.

However, a Cabinet minister insisted there is "no chance" of Mrs May accepting Labour's vision for leaving the EU, despite speculation she could soften her stance on customs union membership.

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Theresa May has responded to Jeremy Corbyn's letter setting out his five demands for a Brexit deal.

May will promise lawmakers a second opportunity to influence the Brexit talks later in the month in a bid to stave off any rebellion from within her own party by those who fear Britain could end up leaving without a deal.

"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", May will say.

"Should the United Kingdom leave the European Union on 29 March without a deal, the agreement will come into effect on a provisional basis from 30 March 2019", the government statement said.

"But, the solution to this has to be to get Jeremy Corbyn, or the Labour Party, or indeed Parliament as a whole, to come behind a deal".

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said it would give MPs more time to "digest the content" ahead of a series of expected Commons votes on Thursday.

She'll say that if she hasn't brought them new deal by February 27, there will then be another opportunity to vote, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire confirmed in an interview.

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