Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Theresa May holds 'constructive' Brexit crisis talks with U.K. Opposition

Theresa May holds 'constructive' Brexit crisis talks with U.K. Opposition

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Ireland would support a delay but Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said there was now no reason to agree an extension.

May is meeting with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn throughout Wednesday to seek support for the unamendable and thrice rejected 585-page Withdrawal Agreement.

"We must deliver the Brexit people voted for", Adams criticized May's decision to start talks with the main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to find a way forward in the Brexit impasse.

The EU should prepare for the implications of a no-deal Brexit on the future security partnership with the United Kingdom, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee on Tuesday (2 April).

Corbyn said he welcomed May's "willingness to compromise to resolve the Brexit deadlock", the BBC reported.

"It's well known that this is one of the issues that's been debated", he said. If British leaders have still not agreed to a plan, then Barnier says the only choices at that point will be for it to exit with no deal or try to get the other European Union members to agree to a longer extension.

With Britain dashing toward a disorderly exit from the European Union within days, May pivoted away from the cliff edge on Tuesday, saying she would seek another Brexit delay and hold talks with the opposition to seek a compromise.

But, ahead of their meeting on Wednesday afternoon, both leaders avoided bringing up Brexit during their weekly Commons clash.

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"I want to deliver Brexit, I want to deliver Brexit in a orderly way, I want to do it as soon as possible, I want to do it without us having to fight European Parliamentary elections".

A customs union: Labour party policy favors a customs union with the EU and "close alignment" to the single market.

A Labour spokesman said the party was ready for serious discussion if May was ready to relax the "red lines" she had so far set in negotiations.

"The clock is still ticking, and avoiding a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union is still the top priority for our business communities", Adam Marshall, the head of the British Chambers of Commerce, said after May spoke.

After failing repeatedly to win Parliament's backing for her Brexit blueprint, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May dramatically changed gear Tuesday, saying she would seek to delay Brexit _ again _ and hold talks with the opposition to seek a compromise.

Adams, in his letter, accused the prime minister of "cooking up" a deal with Corbyn "who has never once in his political life put British interests first".

European Union leaders, tired of the whole Brexit circus, gave a cautious welcome to May's attempt at rapprochement.

It follows the rejection of her Withdrawal Agreement three times in the Commons and failure of MPs to back any of the alternative proposals considered so far.

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