Published: Wed, April 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

UK's Corbyn says any Brexit deal with May must be made law

UK's Corbyn says any Brexit deal with May must be made law

After failing three times to win Parliament's backing for her Brexit blueprint, May dramatically changed gear Tuesday, saying she would seek to delay Brexit - again - and hold talks with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek a compromise.

"The country needs a solution, the country deserves a solution, and that's what I'm working to find", May told lawmakers on Wednesday.

The two are meeting to discuss a way forward on Brexit.

The EU ambassadors have backed an agreement on behalf of the Council with the European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee to grant Britons with visa-free access to the European Schengen Area even in case of a no-deal Brexit.

So far the House of Commons has failed to find a majority for any alternative plan.

European Union officials say it is "very likely" that Britain will depart without a deal, bringing potentially devastating political and economic consequences.

EU Economy Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said a no-deal Brexit would mean long lines at borders and paperwork headaches for customs checks as Britain became separate from the EU overnight. After that, he said, a short delay to Brexit would no longer be possible.

To those Conservatives complaining about May's move, he said there was a "remorseless logic" to reaching out for Labour votes when 35 Conservatives had refused to back the prime minister's withdrawal agreement three times.

Labour sources highlighted the difficulty of achieving a guarantee that any future prime minister could try to take Brexit in a different direction during the second phase of negotiation on the future relationship with the EU.

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He reiterated that Britain would not get a transition period to soften the impact of leaving the European Union unless it ratified the exit deal: "UK will be affected more than European Union because there is no such thing as a "managed or negotiated no-deal" and there is no such thing as a "no-deal transition".

There is also caution on the Labour side, with some internally warning against falling for a Tory trap that ties them into voting for a damaging Brexit. Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Brexit "is becoming soft to the point of disintegration".

But, what will Corbyn demand in his talks with May?

From the very moment Theresa May was elected as leader in a truncated election process, she made it clear that no deal was better than a bad deal. Could May accept a combination of a customs union plus a confirmatory referendum? "This is not the Brexit my constituents were promised", he wrote.

Meanwhile, pro-EU lawmakers are not banking on talks between May and Corbyn succeeding. The bill is due to be debated after 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m.

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"Let's keep our fingers crossed for Theresa May in her efforts", he said in Vienna.

Her decision could lead to closer European Union relations and a second extension of the Brexit deadline.

"The army is and always will be a totally apolitical organization", he said.

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