Chancellor calls for cross-party compromise — UNITED KINGDOM Brexit

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

Corbyn said he had ordered his shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer to hold cross-party talks to do what May had "failed to do two years ago" and find a "compromise solution that can command support in the House".

The decision to drop all checks to avoid friction at the UK's land border with the European Union will be temporary while longer term solutions are negotiated. The first was from Sarah Wollaston, the former Conservative MP and now a member of The Independent Group (TIG), who offered an amendment to the main motion requesting a second referendum.

Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt, for a third time, to see her deal through and she will be putting pressure on the Brexiteer wing of her party to back her deal and the signs are that some of these Members of Parliament (MPs) will back her deal, but that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) may not, and that would be decisive.

The Commons votes mean that MPs will vote on an extension to Article 50 on Thursday, potentially delaying Brexit until May or later, and leaving the whole process in doubt.

But the European Union has said it would need "a credible justification" before agreeing to any extension. "Tonight she's not even showing the leadership to whip on no deal".

Her exchanges with Corbyn involved the Labour leader repeatedly urging the prime minister to outline a new plan for Brexit, and to consider backing the Labour proposal, under which the United Kingdom would stay in some form of customs union.

"While an extension of Article 50 is now inevitable, responsibility for that extension lies exclusively and squarely at the Prime Minister's door", he said.

Her plan has been voted down twice by a large margin.

As things stand, her deal looks no closer to passing a vote in parliament.

Labour wants no-deal to be "taken off the table" and is likely to back an amendment - a legislative tool - tabled by MPs Jack Dromey and Caroline Spelman ruling out the United Kingdom leaving without an agreement at any stage in the process. This had been the week No 10 aides believed the Prime Minister might pass her deal.

May responded: "The deal that he's proposing has been rejected several times by this house". There is increasing concern about whether she can garner support and follow through with Brexit.

Leading Tory Remainers and Brexiteers, including Dominic Grieve and Boris Johnson, have suggested the prime minister's deal is now "finished" and other options must be brought forward.

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said the current impasse "can only be solved in the UK" and MPs must decide what they want rather than what they don't.

A European commission spokesman said the vote was not enough and London had to choose between a deal or a no deal exit.

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