Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Cross-party Brexit deal must be binding, Rory Stewart warns

Cross-party Brexit deal must be binding, Rory Stewart warns

Theresa May has urged opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to help her "break the deadlock" on Brexit by putting their disagreements to one side. "I can't think that any other party in the United Kingdom has raised money like that".

"I think if we can dig into the Labour vote, we can surprise even ourselves", he added.

Euroskeptic lawmaker John Redwood tweeted on Sunday that a cross-party agreement that amounted to staying in the bloc was "the last thing we need".

"We've got to be a broad party".

Two senior Conservatives - Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, and Rory Stewart, the worldwide development secretary - both offered a view that the major parties need to find a compromise.

A survey by political blog Conservative Home yesterday found that 82 per cent of party members want Mrs May to stand down and call a leadership election.

The paper says she could put forward plans for a comprehensive, but temporary, customs arrangement with the European Union that would last until the next general election.

May added her voice to these calls in an essay published in a Sunday newspaper.

"We are negotiating with Theresa May's team as requested".

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Asked if he would throw his hat in the ring, he told Sky News: "Yes, but I am now so excited to be the International Development Secretary.' He described holding the position as 'the greatest gift on Earth".

Elsewhere Brexit Party leader Mr Farage challenged Mr Corbyn to a debate ahead of the European elections, warning a deal between Labour and the Tories would be the "final betrayal".

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"I would love between now and polling to have a debate with Jeremy Corbyn about this because people are very confused about what Labour are standing for".

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said the Government was trying to re-dress their customs union offer and has not really shifted its position.

More than 100 opposition MPs, including 66 from Labour, warned on Sunday that they would not tolerate a "Westminster stitch-up" on a Brexit deal without a second referendum.

He said his party wanted to get a deal done "as soon as possible" but needed guarantees that an agreement would not be "ripped up" by a future Conservative leader.

With talks between Labour and the Tories expected to resume early next week, the Sunday Times reported that Mrs May was prepared to give ground in three areas: customs, goods alignment and workers' rights.

The Sunday Times has learnt she will outline plans for a comprehensive but temporary customs arrangement with the European Union lasting until the next general election, which Corbyn will be able to depict as a Tory cave-in to his demands. Voter disillusion with Mr Corbyn's failure to support Brexit is a shock for Labour.

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