More Brexit talks between political foes as rage, anger continues at Westminster
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Apr 05, 2019,
Apr 05, 2019, 1:04
"The important thing now is that in any extension that we get from the European Union, we have an absolute clarity that as soon as we've done the deal, we are able to bring that extension to an end", finance minister Philip Hammond told ITV.
Chancellor Philip Hammond, a senior member of May's Cabinet, said Parliament should vote on whether to hold a second referendum.
As it stands, Britain will still leave the European Union on April 12 without a deal, something many Conservative lawmakers would like to happen but a scenario businesses fear could wreak chaos and cause huge economic damage.
May's decision to enter Brexit negotiations with the Labour leader prompted a furious public backlash by many Tory MPs and has led to two ministerial resignations so far.
We believe if we achieve these Labour gains now, we will be able to claim great credit for achieving a Deal that can bring Remain and Leave voters together. Any deal would then be presented to the EU at a summit next week with the aim of leaving on May 22 and avoiding European parliamentary elections.
Grassroots party members as well as a number of politicians have called for May to be replaced with some warning her actions will "destroy the Conservative Party".
She had already promised to step down if her withdrawal agreement was passed by parliament, although that failed to persuade all her lawmakers to back her, and her overture to Corbyn has alienated some Conservatives still further.
He told May that Labour wanted a customs union with the EU, access to its single market and raised "the option of a public vote to prevent crashing out or leaving on a bad deal".
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On Wednesday, a vote in the House of Commons ended in a tie, for the first time in a quarter of a century.
"It is also very hard now for Mrs May to bang on about Mr Corbyn being unfit to be prime minister when she has asked him to help her do the job".
The Conservatives have been divided over Europe for three decades, leading to the demise of three former prime ministers, David Cameron, John Major and Margaret Thatcher.
"He, nevertheless though, stood on a manifesto on Brexit to deliver Brexit, and that is also what we want to do".
Corbyn said the meeting was "useful, but inconclusive", adding there had not been "as much change as (he) had expected" in May's position.
Alastair Campbell, who has campaigned for a second referendum on any Brexit deal, has said that the Labour leader is aware that talks with Theresa May are "an obvious trap".
Both leaders promised to enter the talks with open minds, although Downing Street ruled out revoking Article 50 and therefore stopping Brexit.
May said "we need to focus on... our future relationship with the EU".
Though many staunch "remainers", including Corbyn, supported Brexit in the subsequent general election, many of them advocate for a "soft Brexit" which would keep the United Kingdom within the European customs union and require continued free travel between member states.
The BBC published a chart Thursday from the Institute for Government showing more ministers have resigned from May's government than any prime minister since 1979. Its passage through the House of Lords on Thursday - where there is a clear pro-EU majority - is likely to be less fraught than in the Commons, where Brexiteers reacted with anger at its narrow passage.