UK Brexit chief says May not offering a blank check in talks

UK Brexit chief says May not offering a blank check in talks

UK Brexit chief says May not offering a blank check in talks

Theresa May has held her position as prime minister since July 2016, but has promised her party's backbenchers that she will move on before the next stage of the Brexit negotiations, provided her deal passes through parliament.

"We have agreed a programme of work between our teams to explore the scope for agreement", the spokesperson added.

"I think we both want to deliver leaving the European Union with a deal; I think we both want to protect jobs; I think we both want to ensure we end free movement; I think we both recognise the importance of the withdrawal agreement".

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker, reporting from outside the UK Parliament in London, said May's offer to Corbyn has inflamed divisions in her own party. May has already survived two no confidence motions, one led by Corbyn in January 2019 and another led by Brexiteer MPs within her own party in December 2018.

"I think the result will nearly certainly be, if Corbyn gets his way, that we remain in the customs union so that we can't control our trade policy, that there are huge areas of lawmaking we can't control, and Brexit is becoming soft to the point of disintegration", Boris Johnson, May's former Foreign Secretary, said according to The NYT.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met May along with Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer, the party's business spokeswoman Rebecca Long-Bailey and Labour chief whip Nick Brown.

The British government and the main opposition were to hold further crisis talks on Thursday after MPs voted in favour of a Brexit delay that would avoid Britain crashing out of the European Union on April 12.

"It now seems that you and your cabinet have decided that a deal - cooked up with a Marxist who has never once in his political life put British interests first - is better than "no- deal", Nigel Adams said as he resigned as a minister for Wales.

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May announced she was seeking yet another short-term extension on Brexit beyond an April 12 deadline Tuesday, reported Reuters. The House of Commons on Wednesday approved a bill to ensure May can't go back on her promise to seek a delay to Brexit rather than let Britain tumble out of the bloc.

Her talks - after almost 3 years of seeking to push through her own variation of a Brexit divorce bargain - arrived amid European Union warnings that a damaging withdrawal with no strategy was growing more likely through the day.

The bill, debated and approved in a single day, compels May to seek to extend the Brexit process beyond April 12 in order to prevent a no-deal departure.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said the United Kingdom will not get any short-term extensions for Brexit unless its parliament backs May's deal.

I profoundly disagree with Jeremy Corbyn on the economy.

"A "no-deal" at midnight on the 12th of April is now a very likely scenario", he told the European Parliament. It has become accepted Labour policy that any deal emerging from parliament should require popular approval in a confirmatory referendum (presumably, against the choice of remaining in the EU).

"Theresa's May's call yesterday evening for national unity is very positive, but we have no certainty on what will be the outcome", De Montchalin, who was appointed this week, told French politicians.

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