Brexit: Theresa May responds to Jeremy Corbyn’s letter

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Theresa Might has responded to Jeremy Corbyn’s letter setting out his 5 calls for for a Brexit deal.

The prime minister queried his name for the UK to remain in a customs union with the EU – however welcomed extra talks with Labour on a Brexit settlement.

Mrs Might needs the 2 events to debate how “various preparations” to the Irish backstop – a dedication to keep away from a tough border – might work.

She didn’t reject any of his circumstances outright in her reply.

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Writing her response to his letter of final Wednesday, Mrs Might instructed the Labour chief: “It’s good to see that we agree that the UK ought to depart the European Union with a deal and that the pressing activity at hand is to discover a deal that honours our commitments to the individuals of Northern Eire, can command help in Parliament and may be negotiated with the EU – to not search an election or second referendum.”

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That is regardless of Mr Corbyn repeatedly saying there needs to be a basic election if Mrs Might can’t get a deal by means of Parliament. He has additionally confronted strain from a few of his MPs to push for one more public vote on Brexit.

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Nevertheless, BBC political correspondent Iain Watson mentioned it seems there are some potential hindrances to a deal.

Labour has requested for “a everlasting and complete UK-wide customs union” with the EU, with the identical exterior tariff. It might give the UK a say on any future commerce offers that the EU might strike.

Mrs Might doesn’t agree, and wrote: “I’m not clear why you imagine it might be preferable to hunt a say in future EU commerce offers somewhat than the flexibility to strike our personal offers?”

The present Political Declaration, setting out the targets for the longer term relationship between the UK and the EU, “explicitly offers for the advantages of a customs union – no tariffs, charges, costs or quantitative restrictions throughout all sectors and no checks on guidelines of origin”, Mrs Might instructed Mr Corbyn.

It additionally recognises the event of the UK’s unbiased commerce coverage, she added.

Mrs Might mentioned securing frictionless commerce for items was “one in all our key negotiating aims”.

She added: “The basic negotiating problem right here is the EU’s place that fully frictionless commerce is simply attainable if the UK stays within the single market.

“This could imply accepting free motion, which Labour’s 2017 Basic Election manifesto made clear you don’t help.”

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Labour additionally needs the UK to remain in keeping with the EU if employees’ rights enhance in Europe.

Whereas the prime minister says present rights will probably be protected, there will probably be no automated improve in keeping with the EU. As an alternative, Parliament could be requested if it needed to comply with swimsuit every time.

The letter concludes with Mrs Might saying she regarded ahead to the 2 events assembly “as quickly as attainable”.

Labour is but to reply to the letter.

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