- PM seeks Labor Party leader Corbyn to help her out
- Theresa May wants an extension from the EU
- The decision to reach across the party has angered some party members
Embattled British Prime Minister seems to have abandoned her Brexit strategy after realizing she may never get enough votes to pass through parliament. Theresa May has now reached out to opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn to help her out.
Mrs. May announced her desire to meet Jeremy Corbyn after a seven-hour cabinet meeting so they could draw a strategy on their future relationship with the European Union (EU). According to the BBC, however, May has insisted that her withdrawal agreement that was voted down last week will remain part of the deal she will seek.
Prospect of Cabinet Resignations
Labor Party leader Mr. Corbyn has said he is “very happy” at the prospect of meeting Mrs. May and has promised to ensure the plans for a customs union and protection of workers are discussed.
Unfortunately, the offer to hold cross-party talks has angered Tory pro-Brexit proponents with Boris Johnson pointing an accusing finger to ministers for “entrusting the final handling of Brexit to Labor Party,” saying he could never agree with staying in a customs union. The former foreign secretary said:
“Brexit is becoming soft to the point of disintegration.”
According to The Times, the decision to work with Corbyn is likely to evoke Tory wrath with members accusing the Prime Minister of ignoring the will of her cabinet by ruling out a no deal Brexit. Mrs. May now faces the prospect of cabinet resignations after 14 of her ministers pleaded with her to keep no deal on the table instead of seeking an extension from the European Union.
Agree On a Single Way Forward
In trying to avert what appears to be the point of no return, Mrs. May sent a statement from Downing Street stating that she wanted a further short extension. The Prime Minister hopes to agree on a new plan with Corbyn when they meet on Wednesday at noon and put the same to a vote in the House of Commons. She stated:
“I am offering to sit down with the leader of the opposition and to try to agree on a plan – that we would both stick to – to ensure that we leave the European Union and that we do so with a deal.”
Should the Prime Minister and Corbyn fail to agree on a single way forward, May intends to put some alternatives before the MPs to “determine which way to pursue.”
Whatever they agree on, the BBC says that the European Union still needs to have agreed on an extension as they prepare “pretty strict conditions” for any delay.
Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, has tweeted:
Even if, after today, we don’t know what the end result will be, let us be patient. #Brexit
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) April 2, 2019