Brexit: Theresa May responds to Jeremy Corbyn's letter

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk at the European Council headquarters in Brussels Thursday Feb. 7 2019

May urges U.K. legislators to allow more time to get Brexit deal

Meanwhile in London, taking a cordial tone, Mrs May suggested further talks with the Labour Party leadership even as she said she did not see the advantage of permanent membership in the EU's customs union, a key demand Mr Corbyn is seeking in exchange for backing her troubled Brexit bill in Parliament.

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In her letter, Mrs May said she wanted discussions between Tory and Labour teams to start considering "alternative arrangements" to the backstop contained within the withdrawal agreement.

May wants to win over lawmakers in her Conservative Party with changes relating to the Northern Irish border, but the EU has refused to reopen that part of the deal and instead wants May to pursue a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party by agreeing closer UK-EU ties.

Laughing as he spoke, he said: "It is, in fact, the same protagonists for Brexit and a no-deal who do not have the courage either to put the issue to a peoples' vote".

Britain is due to leave the European Union on 29 March but has yet to find a deal which is acceptable to both Brussels and lawmakers at home, raising the prospect of a disorderly exit that could damage the world's fifth largest economy.

Theresa May has responded to Jeremy Corbyn's letter setting out his five demands for a Brexit deal.

"We would have to be able to get out by a certain time and we would have to be able to get out of our own volition".

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"I think that gives that sense of timetable, clarity and objective on what we are doing with the European Union - taking that work forward and our determination to get a deal - but equally knowing that role that Parliament very firmly has", he said on BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

As companies and governments across Europe step up preparations for the turmoil of a no-deal exit, diplomats and officials said the United Kingdom now faces three main options: a no-deal exit, a last-minute deal or a delay to Brexit.

"It is very clear from the European Union that non-EU members do not have a say in EU trade policy so to pretend that you could do so is a unsafe delusion".

Mr Johnson said Mrs May's priority should be to secure a time limit on the backstop - meant to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland - before the next election scheduled for June 2022.

"I think that you would need to have a time limit". "That isn't right in terms of the respect for parliament", said Starmer.

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

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

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