LONDON (Reuters) – Twenty-five lawmakers in Britain’s opposition Labour Party have urged their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to go the “extra step” if there is a chance of agreeing a Brexit deal in talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.
The letter dated April 3 is below:
As Labour MPs who believe we must respect the outcome of the 2016 referendum, we wish you well and offer our support during your negotiations with the Prime Minister to secure Labour objectives in the Deal.
We believe that the Prime Minister should have reached out to you a lot sooner than she did. However, these talks do represent a real opportunity for you, on behalf of the Labour movement, to secure vital goals for working people.
The safeguarding of workers’ rights, health and safety, and environmental standards are vital and significant goals, which we hope can be secured. In addition to rights for EU citizens and the vital 21 month transition period, both of which Labour demanded; we have already achieved a lot. If the option of a customs union arrangement could be put before Parliament, we see a Labour Brexit Deal within reach.
At Labour’s conference you sent a message to the Prime Minister saying: “If you deliver a deal that includes a customs union and no hard border in Ireland, if you protect jobs, people