Brexit chaos looms after Jeremy Corbyn rejects Theresa May's call for talks

Business Insider | 1/17/2019 | Thomas Colson
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Brexit talks are in deadlock.

Theresa May is now focused on finding a way to force Brexit through parliament after her government survived a confidence vote on Wednesday.

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But opposition leaders are demanding that she makes significant concessions, which she appears unwilling to do.

LONDON — The Brexit process has reached deadlock after Theresa May's attempts to forge a cross-party consensus were rebuffed by the leader of the opposition Labour party who demanded that she drop her threat of leaving the EU without a deal.

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The prime minister survived a confidence vote in her government on Wednesday and is now focused on finding a way to strike a Brexit deal which has the support of both opposition and Eurosceptic Conservative MPs, who rejected her current deal by a huge margin on Tuesday.

The prime minister called on politicians to put "self-interest aside" and work together to find a compromise, holding talks on Wednesday night with Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, and Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville-Roberts.

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However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to meet with May until the government ruled out a no-deal Brexit, something Theresa May — who has so far shown little intention of compromising on the strict red lines she has has set for negotiations — is not willing to do.

The prime minister must present a new plan for exiting the EU by Monday 21 January.

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Is a customs union a way out of the deadlock?

There's a growing belief within Cabinet that a Brexit deal which includes permanent customs union membership could secure the support of parliament, with Labour's international trade secretary Barry Gardiner indicating on Thursday that Labour could support such a position, even though a spokesman for...
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