Theresa May seeks talks with opposition's leader to ensure smooth Brexit deal
- 7 months ago
U.K. PM Theresa May vowed that she will seek another Brexit delay to agree an EU divorce deal with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn as a last resort to finally resolve the whole Brexit dilemma and ensuring a smooth departure.
Three years from the referendum it is still unclear how, when or if it will ever indeed quit the European club it first joined in 1973, following a statement from No.10 Downing Street she announced she will seek an extension to the April 12 deadline.
Her move offers the prospect of keeping the United Kingdom in a much closer economic relationship with the EU after Brexit - though it could also rip her Conservative Party apart as half her lawmakers want a decisive split from the bloc.
“I am offering to sit down with the leader of the opposition and to try to agree a plan, that we would both stick to, to ensure that we leave the European Union and that we do so with a deal.”
“We will need a further extension of Article 50 (divorce notification), one that is as short as possible and which ends when we pass a deal. We need to be clear what such an extension is for, to ensure we leave in a timely and orderly way.”
Jeremy Corbyn said he would be “very happy” to meet May and that he would set no limits ahead of the talks, while reiterating that his party aimed to keep a customs union with the EU, access for Britain to its single market and protections for workers.
He also added that he would put a hold on a vote of no-confidence in the government in reserve if any eventual accord still failed to achieve majority support in a deeply split British parliament.
Source: Smart Trend Team