Saturday, 7 Dec 2019

Jeremy Corbyn meets with Tory Remainers as he pushes for a soft Brexit that would keep Britain in Customs Union

JEREMY Corbyn met Tory Remainers yesterday as he stepped up his bid to force Theresa May to adopt a soft Brexit alternative.

He agreed to pursue further talks with Tory and Labour MPs over finding a compromise between his plan to stay in the Customs Union and their “Norway-Plus” style Brexit that would keep Britain in the Single Market.

Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said they held “detailed discussions” with Tory MPs Nick Boles and Oliver Letwin and Labour MPs Lucy Powell and Stephen Kinnock over their plans for a Common Market 2.0.

Labour said in a statement afterwards: “They discussed how to build greater support on areas of agreement between Labour’s alternative plan and Common Market 2.0 and find possible areas of compromise.”

But separate talks with anti-Brexit parties broke down after he watered down his commitment to a second referendum.

He met Westminster leaders of anti-Brexit parties the SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Greens over their campaign for a People’s Vote – and snubbed their invitation to join a rally calling for one on Saturday.

Lib Dem boss Sir Vince Cable said of the meeting: “There are unfortunately absolutely fundamental disagreements. He won’t support a People’s Vote if it’s involves voting on the Government’s deal versus remain, and since that’s the only deal available it means they don’t support a referendum in practice.

"Basically the labour party is still in the territory of trying to find a form of Brexit.

“Sadly he won’t be joining us on the march on Saturday – he’s good at these rallies and I think he would enjoy it but it was a definite no to that.”

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