Go 'extra step' to get Brexit deal, UK Labour lawmakers urge Corbyn


With Britain racing toward a chaotic exit from the European Union within days, Prime Minister Theresa May veered away from the cliff-edge Tuesday, saying she would seek a further delay to Brexit as United Kingdom politicians sought a compromise solution to the crisis.

Tory MP Caroline Johnson said that "if it comes to the point when we have to balance the risk of a no-deal Brexit versus the risk of letting down the country and ushering in a Marxist, anti-Semite led government, what does [the Prime Minister] think, at that point, is the lowest risk?"

Chancellor Philip Hammond suggested that Brussels may insist on a long delay to Brexit, and said that a public vote on the final deal would be "a perfectly credible proposition".

If the European Council proposes a different extension, Mrs May would be required to return to the Commons to obtain MPs' approval, but if they say no, there would be no time to renegotiate the date with Brussels, Downing Street said.

The two sides chose to meet again on Thursday following no breakthrough from their two-hour meeting on Wednesday in efforts to break the current Brexit deadlock.

Labour is formally committed to enacting the voters' decision to leave the European Union, but many of its lawmakers want a new referendum that could keep Britain in the bloc.

The online petition to revoke Article 50 took off after a speech when May said that she was on the side of the British public over Brexit.

The party's deputy leader, Tom Watson, told Peston that Labour members would "find it unforgiveable" for "us to sign off on Theresa May's deal without a concession that involves the people".

The prime minister and leader of the opposition agreed yesterday that both sides would hold talks again today to see if the political declaration, dealing with the future UK-EU relationship, could be tweaked to better fit Labour policy, which calls for a permanent customs union and closer alignment with the EU single market.

Speaking after a phone call with Mrs May today, Ms McDonald said she made it clear that any decisions taken on the UK's departure from the European Union must protect citizen rights and avoid a hard border in Ireland.

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In his letter, Mr Adams said the Government faced two "great challenges" of delivering "the Brexit the people voted for" and preventing a Corbyn premiership. Meanwhile, Labour MPs urged Corbyn to not accept any Brexit deal without submitting it to a second referendum.

In the most significant development of the day, May held talks at her office in the House of Commons with Corbyn and his senior aides.

Ms McDonald said: "It was quite a detailed conversation, where we set out for her the consequences of a crash Brexit".

If May can't reach agreement with Labour on a unified approach, she's promised to agree on a number of options to put to the House of Commons for a series of votes to determine the way forward.

The House of Commons has also failed to find a majority for any alternative plan in two days of voting on multiple options.

Within minutes of May reading her statement, Jeremy Corbyn offered a tentative response to May's announcement.

Arriving for the talks, Mr Starmer confirmed that a "confirmatory" referendum was among the ideas on the table for discussion.

Prime Minister Theresa May has brought a new word to the Brexit lexicon: compromise.

They warned: "A second referendum would be exploited by the far right, damage the trust of many core Labour voters and reduce our chances of winning a general election".

Media reports in London claimed that at Tuesday's marathon meeting a majority of May's ministers favored Britain leaving the European Union with no deal.