May reaches out to Corbyn to break Brexit impasse

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May reaches out to Corbyn to break Brexit impasse

UK PM says she will sit down with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to try to find a joint way out of Brexit impasse.


4/2/19, 7:33 PM CET

Updated 4/4/19, 6:25 AM CET

LONDON — Theresa May cannot deliver Brexit with the support of her own party. So she’s going to try to deliver it with the support of Jeremy Corbyn instead.

In a significant Downing Street statement on Tuesday evening, which followed marathon seven-hour talks with her Cabinet, the U.K. prime minister set out a plan to meet the Labour leader as soon as possible to try and find common ground on changes to the Political Declaration on the future relationship with the EU that they can jointly put to the House of Commons.

If they cannot agree, a series of votes will follow on different options for Brexit, and May for the first time pledged that her government would “abide by the decision of the house.”

“We can and must find the compromises that will deliver what the British people voted for,” May said in a televised address from No. 10 Downing Street. “This is a decisive moment in the story of these islands and it requires national unity to deliver the national interest.”

The new strategy, tied to a commitment to ask the EU27 next week for a further, short extension to Article 50 beyond April 12, was recognized by Corbyn as a genuine “move”

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