Brexit: Rule out no-deal, Jeremy Corbyn tells Theresa May

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May was responding to a letter from opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asking her to exclude crashing out of the European Union as a precondition for talks about Brexit compromise proposals.

Nor would the British prime minister endorse permanently joining a European customs union, which is what those who want a softer Brexit seek, because, her spokesman said, it would then be hard or impossible to seek free trade deals with other countries, such as the United States.

"If she wants to negotiate with all parties in Parliament, and if she wants to do that in good faith, she has to say "OK, I'm not sticking to every single one of the red lines that I've established", he told ITV's Good Morning Britain. But some did anyway.

In shunning the Davos meeting, which she attended previous year, May follows in the wake of Emmanuel Macron, under heavy domestic pressure driven by gilets jaunes protests, and Donald Trump, who cancelled his visit due to an ongoing government shutdown in Washington.

"These discussions brought to the surface the complete misunderstanding in government circles about the time line to bring it about", Liberal Democrats leader Cable said as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

The Army reserves could be called up for a year of permanent service if Theresa May fails to get a deal before we leave the European Union.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford held a preliminary talk with Mrs May on Wednesday evening, but told her he could not enter a full discussion without concessions. "No longer can it be said that opinion has not moved significantly since the referendum".

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Pro-Remain MPs are preparing to table a series of amendments and bills that would remove the threat of a "no-deal" ahead of a vote on May's "plan B" deal scheduled for January 29, according to The Mirror. A day later, they rallied to support her and voted to save her government. Consider this Brexit whiplash: On Tuesday, more than 100 Conservative parliamentarians voted against May's plan.

Mr Hammond began the call by explaining that the defeat raised two questions; can Article 50 be revoked and "whether we can somehow take the option of no deal off the table". A fragile and fractured government which is in office but which is certainly not in power.

And no matter what May's negotiating position is now, Blair said that seeking an extension to Article 50 - of delaying Brexit beyond March - was "inevitable".

He last night withdrew proposals for the cross-party Commons Liaison Committee of senior backbenchers to draw up an alternative Brexit plan, after its chair Sarah Wollaston indicated that it would not accept the role.

"We want to defend the interests of French fishermen, defend the interests of fishing areas, and companies that take part in this significant economic sector", he said.

The ex-Labour leader said the European Union would agree to such an extension to allow the public to be consulted.

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