Theresa May will test the tolerance of her cabinet for fresh Brexit compromises on Tuesday, with Britain’s negotiators desperate for a breakthrough in time to convince EU leaders to convene a crunch summit next month. With no European council formally scheduled until December, ministers are becoming increasingly anxious about the growing risk of a failure to reach a deal and the impact of continued uncertainty on the economy. “Everyone’s still hoping for November,” said one senior Whitehall source. The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told the BBC that the government was “four weeks before the November deadline that’s been talked about”. The Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, has told cabinet colleagues that November is the final realistic moment to switch to full-blown no-deal planning if the government is to be ready by next March. Ministers fear that businesses and financial markets will start betting on a no-deal outcome in the coming weeks, … [Read more...] about Theresa May seeks Brexit compromises as fear of no-deal exit looms larger
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After the EU granted a Brexit extension until 31 October, or sooner if Theresa May can get a deal through the Commons before then, we look at the embattled prime minister’s options. 1. Strike a pact with Jeremy Corbyn Labour says the government is engaging seriously in the negotiations, which were announced by the prime minister in a dramatic Downing Street statement after last week’s marathon cabinet meeting. But it is unclear whether leave-supporting cabinet ministers, or even the prime minister herself, are ready to stomach the compromises that would be required to win a majority in parliament. If the two sides could strike a deal though, they could agree a parliamentary timetable for ratification – in theory at least, before the 22 May deadline for participation in European parliament elections. 2. Agree a plan for Commons votes with Labour May has said that if she cannot reach a Brexit deal with the opposition, she hopes to persuade them to sign up to some … [Read more...] about What are PM’s Brexit options now that EU has granted extension?
Extending the time available to make a decision does not increase the range of Brexit options, but it allows for a more honest account of those choices and perhaps a more deliberative, less aggressively partisan evaluation of their merits. The real opportunity represented by the EU’s deferral of the UK’s departure date is to reset the way in which Brexit is debated, not just the object of debate. That begins with acknowledgment that the answers are not delineated along party lines. There is a spectrum of possible relationships that Britain can have with the EU involving variable degrees of integration with existing institutions. The range is familiar enough: a customs union, the single market, the EEA, Efta and some combination, including full membership. The process of indicative voting in parliament has demonstrated the absence of either a Labour or a Tory consensus on the optimal position on that spectrum. The government has failed to win support for Theresa May’s … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on the Brexit impasse: trust citizens to judge the evidence
Boris Johnson will launch a full-frontal political attack on Jeremy Corbyn with an ultimatum to stop 'dithering' on his election and Brexit plans when the two leaders go head-to-head in an historic television showdown tonight. The Prime Minister issued a challenge to his Labour counterpart warning that failure to answer on key points would leave the public with 'no choice but to conclude that Corbyn's Labour, propped up by the SNP, will mean dither, delay and uncertainty'. In a letter published by the Tories last night he set Mr Corbyn four questions to answer: how he would vote in a second Brexit referendum, what Labour's position on freedom of movement is, how much he would pay the EU for 'market access', and whether all his MPs would back his Brexit policy. Tory sources said the Prime Minister would use the debate to hammer home his central message that only the Conservatives can be relied upon to deliver Brexit – while also raising concerns about Labour's … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s FOUR-question ultimatum to Jeremy Corbyn: PM demands ‘dithering’ Labour leader finally reveal his Brexit, immigration and EU payment policies in ITV head-to-head debate TONIGHT
BORIS Johnson has demanded Jeremy Corbyn answer four big questions on Brexit during their first TV clash tonight. The PM and the Opposition Leader go head to head for the first time in the election campaign in the ITV leaders debate tonight from 8pm. In a bid to set the terms of their crucial joust, the Tory boss last night despatched an appeal for clarity in a letter to the Labour chief. Insisting the public have “a right to know” where Mr Corbyn stands on the major issues which he says his rival for No10 has “ducked, Boris whether Mr Corbyn he will urge voters to back Remain or Leave in the second EU referendum that he proposes if he will extend or end free movement from the EU, and if immigration will therefore he higher or lower how much the Labour leader is prepared to keep on paying into the EU’s budget after Brexit in exchange for market access and how many of Mr Corbyn’s Labour candidates are behind his Brexit policy to renegotiate a new deal and … [Read more...] about ITV leaders debate: Boris Johnson will demand Jeremy Corbyn answer four key Brexit questions during their TV clash