Brexit: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn hold ‘constructive’ talks

Brexit: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn hold ‘constructive’ talks

Talks between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to break the Brexit deadlock have been called “constructive”.

The two leaders met on Wednesday afternoon and agreed a “programme of work” to try to find a way forward to put to MPs for a vote.

It is understood that each party has appointed a negotiating team, which are meeting tonight before a full day of discussions on Thursday.

A spokesman for No 10 said both sides were “showing flexibility”.

And he added that the two parties gave “a commitment to bring the current Brexit uncertainty to a close”.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Corbyn said there had not been “as much change as [he] had expected” in the PM’s position.

He said the meeting was “useful, but inconclusive”, and talks would continue. Continue reading Brexit: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn hold ‘constructive’ talks

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The Independent Group: Who are they and what do they stand for?

The Independent Group: Who are they and what do they stand for?

Labour and the Conservatives could face more resignations, with members of the new Independent Group saying they expect more MPs to join them.

Ex-Tory MP Heidi Allen told ITV’s Peston programme “a third” of Tory MPs were fed up with the party’s direction.

Tory MP Justine Greening said she would quit her party if it allowed a no-deal Brexit, while Labour’s Ian Austin said he was considering his position.

MPs from the new group say they stand for “the centre ground of politics”.

The group was set up by eight defecting Labour MPs unhappy about their party’s handling of Brexit and anti-Semitism. Continue reading The Independent Group: Who are they and what do they stand for?

Theresa May should drop her “red lines”, become mediator; Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major

Former British prime minister John Major urged Theresa May on Saturday to drop her “red lines” on Brexit or allow parliament to find a way forward to avoid a damaging no-deal departure from the European Union in March. Continue reading Theresa May should drop her “red lines”, become mediator; Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major

EU expert perfectly explains why a no-deal Brexit would be so dangerous

EU expert perfectly explains why a no-deal Brexit would be so dangerous

No deal isn’t like buying something.

It isn’t like going to a shop and if you don’t find anything you don’t like you walk home again. You don’t end up back where you started.

No deal with the European Union means all the laws that govern our interaction with the EU, whether you can fly, whether you can trade, whether you can shop, whether you can travel, cease to exist. Continue reading EU expert perfectly explains why a no-deal Brexit would be so dangerous