Jeremy Corbyn dangerously deluded on customs union, say Brexiteers

Marco Green
February 12, 2019

In an exclusive interview with the Press Association, the Commons Leader insisted she would stay in the Cabinet to help Mrs May deliver Brexit and denied that the PM was softening her stance over a customs union in a letter to Mr Corbyn.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has indicated he would be willing to accept a time limit on the Brexit backstop as his price for backing Theresa May's EU Withdrawal Agreement.

Theresa May has rejected Jeremy Corbyn's demand that the rights of British workers will automatically keep pace with those in the European Union after Brexit.

The Prime Minister will ask Parliament not to try and force an extension to Article 50 when the Commons is presented with another "neutral motion" on Brexit later this week, rather than a substantive vote to approve the Brexit deal.

But she said the Government is prepared to commit to asking Parliament if it wishes to follow suit if standards change.

The government is stepping up efforts to persuade the European Union to accept changes to the Irish border backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement.

Mr Fox has previously said that he'd have "40 trade deals ready for one second after midnight" on March 29.

Labour's Brexit policy chief Keir Starmer told the Sunday Times newspaper that his party would seek to use the debate in parliament this week to prevent May from waiting until the last minute to come back with a deal, and compel her to present a fresh accord for lawmakers to consider before February 26.

But No 10 said it rejected any proposals to remain in a customs union with the EU.

Jeremy Corbyn said he believes Theresa May might try to run out of the clock on a Brexit deal.

"So he wants a customs union and he is unclear as to whether that means he also wants an independent trade policy".

Mrs Leadsom said: 'I think she's making quite clear that what Corbyn is demanding is actually not as good as what the Prime Minister's deal is offering.

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She added: "The fundamental negotiating challenge here is the EU's position that completely frictionless trade is only possible if the United Kingdom stays in the single market".

Mr Barclay will later travel to Brussels for talks over dinner with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said it would give MPs more time to "digest the content" ahead of a series of expected Commons votes on Thursday.

There appears little prospect of an imminent breakthrough with Brussels, and Mrs May might not bring her deal back for a decisive vote this month.

"(It) is to make sure that parliamentarians have had ample opportunity to look at the deal she's putting forward before it comes to that meaningful vote".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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