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

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will try to avoid a no-deal Brexit by meeting with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and requesting a "further extension" from the EU.

A short extension of Brexit has been agreed until April 12, and the United Kingdom will leave without a deal on that date unless another option is taken forward.

Corbyn said he welcomed May's "willingness to compromise to resolve the Brexit deadlock" and looked forward to talks with her later Wednesday. He himself has said such a vote should be restricted to specific circumstances.

I think we both want to deliver leaving the European Union with a deal. "There was no agreement reached on that".

Both Labour and Downing Street described the talks as "constructive" and will continue with further technical talks today.

"We have agreed a programme of work to ensure we deliver for the British people, protecting jobs and security", he added.

He said: " Theresa May now finally seems to be accepting that she can not get support for her deal, though her identifying Jeremy Corbyn as a source of support for Brexit is less surprising.

"We will need a further extension of Article 50, one that is as short as possible and which ends when we pass a deal".

But he added that the "remorseless logic" of Parliament's failure to back the prime minister's withdrawal agreement with the European Union is that Britain must move toward a softer form of Brexit "We're not setting pre-conditions, but nor is it a blank check", Barclay said.


Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the Parliament in London, Britain April 3, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video.

The European Council and the Parliament announced on Wednesday that, after Brexit, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay (90 days in any 180 days) should be granted visa free travel.

Mr Corbyn accepted the offer, which will also see Brexit delayed, the Daily Mirror reports.

Fellow junior minister Chris Heaton-Harris also said he was quitting his Brexit department post because he thought Britain should have left on the original deadline date of March 29.

Juncker once again said the European Union is open to rewrite the political declaration on the future relationship, attached to the withdrawal agreement, to draw up a closer relationship with the European Union - which might attract more Labour MPs to support the deal.

"The country is demanding that politicians work together and we have got to bury our worries about economic vandalism and the weird, extremist views that he and those around him have to find a solution to this problem".

Many supporters want the party to throw its weight behind a second referendum.

The British Parliament has already rejected the withdrawal deal three times.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Conservative chief whip Julian Smith and Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay.

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