LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May is holding disaster talks with opposition leaders in a last-ditch try to interrupt the Brexit impasse and push a revised deal by way of Parliament earlier than Brexit D-Day on March 29 .

Regardless of Brussels signalling it might take into account extending Article 50 of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty which lays out the method for leaving the union, a Downing Avenue spokesman informed TOI on Thursday: “We aren’t extending it and it isn’t the coverage of this authorities to try this.” A delay to implementation of Article 50 would keep away from the UK leaving the EU with out a negotiated deal.

There are 70 days left for Brexit however lower than 40 sitting days of Parliament. Might is as a substitute hoping to cobble collectively a majority coalition to get a brand new deal by way of. On Thursday, Home of Commons chief Andrea Leadsom introduced {that a} vote on Might’s “plan B” would happen on January 29.

Might met Thursday with representatives from a number of of parliament’s feuding Brexit factions: Northern Eire’s compromise-rejecting Democratic Unionists, Euroskeptic “laborious Brexit”-backing Conservatives, these urging Britain to carry a second EU membership referendum and supporters of a detailed financial relationship with the EU. Senior authorities representatives have been additionally assembly teams of MPs representing completely different views throughout the Home.

The Quantity 10 spokesman mentioned the revised withdrawal deal can be “based mostly on these conversations”. Nonetheless, there was a notable absence of opposition chief Jeremy Corbyn within the talks who has mentioned they have been a “stunt” and refused to fulfill her except she dominated out a no-deal Brexit.

On Thursday, delivering a speech in Hastings, he mentioned: “I’m fairly joyful to speak, however the start line for any talks about Brexit should be that the specter of a disastrous no-deal consequence is dominated out, taken off the desk. With no deal nonetheless on the desk, the PM would enter into phoney talks simply to run down the clock and attempt to blackmail MPs to vote by way of her botched deal on a second try by threatening the nation with the chaos of no deal in the event that they resist a second time.” Corbyn’s stance got here underneath hearth from some inside his personal social gathering. Labour MP Mike Gapes tweeted: “Apparently Corbyn is ready to carry talks with Hamas, Hezbollah, Assad and Iran with out preconditions. However not with the UK PM. Why?”

Tony Blair, former Labour PM, mentioned on a radio interview: “If in a second of nationwide disaster, the prime minister asks the chief of the opposition to go and discuss, after all he ought to.” He added: “The federal government must determine if they need a Norway-style answer, which might be a softer Brexit, or a Canada-style free commerce settlement. Might must take a step again and run these choices by way of Parliament. An extension to Article 50 is inevitable now. If I used to be operating the federal government I’d already be speaking to Brussels about needing additional time.”

Talking outdoors Quantity 10, Might mentioned the cross-party talks had been “constructive”. “I’m upset that the chief of the Labour social gathering has not up to now chosen to participate. However our door stays open. Overwhelmingly the British folks need us to get on with delivering Brexit. We should all work constructively collectively. That is now the time to place self-interest apart. MPs know they’ve an obligation to behave within the nationwide curiosity, attain a consensus and get this executed.”


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