- Theresa May has stated that compromise needs to be reached between both sides of the parliament
- Failure to do so, she says, could jeopardize Brexit altogether
- This comes ahead of her talks at Brussels this week
It would seem that members of the UK Parliament have moved past the stage of heated debates and are now trying to find some common ground as the initial deadline comes to a close.
First, both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have set aside their differences to engage in some constructive talk about how to finally pass a Brexit deal through parliament. While that has been going on, a motion to request an extension to the Brexit deadline narrowly passed through parliament.
In the midst of all this, Theresa May has stated that the entire Brexit process could slip through the fingers of the UK government if a compromise is not maintained, it was reported on April 7, 2019.
Staying on Track
While Brexit talks are to be held this week in both London and Brussels, not all details have been entirely ironed out.
Shadow business minister Rebecca Long-Bailey has said that there hasn’t been any movement across party lines. One of the major bones of contention is the treatment of cross-border trade. While the Labour Party wants to establish a customs union with Brussels, Brexiteers do not want any situation that restricts the UK’s free trade.
Long-Bailey has also said that the deals that have been brought forward so far are not compliant with the laid-down international definition of a customs union. House of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has disagreed, saying that the Prime Minister’s deals have contained a customers agreement that pursued free trade.
The Prime Minister is due to arrive in Brussels for an emergency meeting on April 10, 2019, in order to request another Brexit Extension till June 30, 2019, at the latest, with the option of leaving earlier if a deal can be passed before then. She has defended her actions of reaching out to the opposition for the greater good, stating that is not compromise is reached, it could be disastrous.
“It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers. I will not stand for that,” she said.
However, if her request is denied, the UK could be facing the most-dreaded option of leaving the EU without a deal. If that does happen, Long-Bailey has said that Labour will be willing to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit if need be.
“We have promised our party members and our constituents that we will do all we can to avoid a no-deal situation and it’s something that we would consider very, very strongly,” she said, adding that a second referendum would also be considered.