Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Brexit: Labour accuses government of failure to compromise in talks

Brexit: Labour accuses government of failure to compromise in talks

She has since turned to the opposition Labour Party in a bid to secure a majority for an orderly Brexit, although its leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday he was waiting for May to move her Brexit red lines.

THERESA MAY has written to European Council president Donald Tusk requesting a further delay to Brexit until June 30, with the option to leave earlier if her Withdrawal Agreement is ratified.

Leaders from Britian's ruling Conservative party and the opposition Labour party are scheduled to continue discussions over Brexit on Friday.

She added: "I'm sure that we will be very keen to work with the Government to make sure that this legislation progresses in a way that is sensible and works in the national interest". Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, an influential Brexit backer in the government, said Thursday that he'd prefer entering into a customs union with the EU than no Brexit at all.

Mrs May's request for an extension to the Article 50 process will be considered at an emergency European Union summit on April 10, where it requires the unanimous agreement of the leaders of the remaining 27 member states.

In the House of Lords, Pro-Brexit members were accused of filibustering to block the bill that blocks no-deal Brexit. But if there are amendments, it will probably be considered again by the Commons on Monday night.

Her letter reads like a long explanation of why Britain has been forced to seek yet another extension and points the finger of blame on British MPs who have not only rejected her withdrawal agreement but also failed to come up with a credible alternative.

If an agreement is reached between the Government and Labour, it could be debated and voted on by MPs.

The Telegraph is also reporting that Tory ministers have been taking to their counterparts in the shadow government about giving Members of Parliament a vote on a second referendum, also.

Mrs May will be in the Commons for Prime Minister's Questions at 12pm. I haven't noticed any great change in the Government's position so far.

But there were cheers in the chamber when the result was revealed at nearly 11.30pm, after the legislation passed through all stages in the Commons in a single day.

If the European Council proposes a different extension date, Mrs May would need to return to the Commons to obtain MPs' approval.

Asked about the prospect of a second referendum being part of that compromise, he said: "We should try to complete this process in Parliament, that's the right way to do it".

If the Cooper Bill is passed, it would create the danger of an "accidental no-deal Brexit" on April 12, Downing Street has warned. "If the parties are able to ratify before this date, the government proposes that the period should be terminated earlier", May wrote in a letter to Tusk.

The current deadline is April 12, which has already been pushed back once from March 29 because of the United Kingdom parliament's failure on three occasions to back the deal May signed with the other 27 European Union leaders in December.

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