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Labour leader to meet with EU to break deadlock

JEREMY CORBYN will be meeting EU leaders today in Brussels to discuss options that could break the Brexit deadlock.

Just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May meets EU officials, Labour leader Mr Corbyn will meet chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

He will be accompanied by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti, and shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey.

They will say that there is no majority for a no-deal Brexit in Parliament and will discuss Labour’s proposals for finding a way through the impasse.

Mr Corbyn said: “The Conservative government is running down the clock in an attempt to blackmail Parliament into accepting Theresa May’s bad deal over a chaotic no deal.

“We are saying loud and clear that there is no majority for no deal, and Labour will be working with politicians across the house to prevent a no deal outcome which would be so damaging to our economy and communities.

“Labour respects the result of the referendum, but we do not support the Prime Minister’s damaging approach which is focused more on appeasing factions of her party than finding a sensible solution that works for the whole country.

“With just 37 days until Brexit, Theresa May must accept that her historic defeats in Parliament and complete failure to reach a new deal mean her approach has failed. She should abandon her damaging red lines and finally work with Labour to reach a deal which works for our country.”

Ms May intends to secure legal guarantees that the Irish border backstop would be a temporary measure aimed at preventing a hard border.

European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker said he does not expect a “breakthrough” in talks with Ms May on the matter.



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