Jeremy Corbyn steps in to salvage Brexit negotiations. He will be meeting with Barnier, the Brexit chief negotiator to discuss new terms and try to break the impasse as a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is not acceptable
The trip to Brussels comes on the back of growing opposition within Theresa May’s ruling party over her views that no deal a is better than a bad deal, as she remains resolute in her positions.
The Labour party leader will be meeting both with Brexit shadow secretary, Keir Starmer and the chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.
This visit follows the animated conference speech, where Corbyn told party members Labour will vote against Mrs. May’s Chequers plan in its current form and will oppose a no-deal Brexit
‘With just weeks of negotiating time left, it’s clear that UK-EU Brexit talks are in a perilous state,’ Corbyn said.
‘Time is running out and companies are losing patience with the absence of any clarity from the government.’
‘Crashing out of Europe with no deal risks being a national disaster.’
In Mr. Corbyn’s conference speech, he also confirmed Labour will call for a general election if parliament votes down the deal Mrs. May brings back from the EU.
Though he said Labour would back a ‘sensible deal’, including one which includes a customs union and no hard border in Ireland.
Barry Gardiner, the party’s shadow trade secretary has revealed they would be willing to make compromises to get a deal through.
Amber Rudd, the former home secretary, said she would back a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU in the event of no deal.
According to The Times, Mrs. May is starting to lose the backing of her cabinet over her tough line that Britain should leave with no deal if the EU rejects her proposal.
Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid are all said to be working to prevent the prime minister leaving the EU without an agreement. It looks like May will have to finish what she started.