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Monday, 24 June 2024 – 08:21

Talks with PM ‘constructive’, according to Labour

A Labour spokesman said on Wednesday that talks between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May were ‘constructive’ and that the two sides have agreed to further meetings to “explore the scope for agreement.”

Mr Corbyn, the leader of the opposition met with the PM on Wednesday afternoon after she offered to meet with him after over 7 hours of cabinet talks on Tuesday in an effort to break the Brexit deadlock.

Following the meeting, Mr Corbyn said “We had a discussion and there hasn’t been as much change as I expected, but we are continuing to have some discussions tomorrow morning to explore some of the technical issues.”

He added; “The meeting was useful but inconclusive.”

The Leader of the Opposition was expected to demand a softer Brexit as part of a compromise between the two sides. Following the meeting, Mr Corbyn stated the viewpoint from Labour;

“We want to achieve a customs union with the European Union, we want to have access to the market and, in particular, we discussed the dynamic regulatory alignment that is guaranteeing European regulations as a minimum on the environment as well as consumer and employment rights”

Meanwhile, Downing Street said 

“Today’s talks were constructive, with both sides showing flexibility and a commitment to bring the current Brexit uncertainty to a close.” 

“We have agreed a programme of work to ensure we deliver for the British people, protecting jobs and security.”

The talks have been criticised by some Conservative MPs, with two ministers resigning on Wednesday including Nigel Adams and Chris Heaton-Harris.

In the Commons, there were rare scenes as a vote was tied. MPs were voting on whether to continue the process of indicative votes again on Monday and both the ‘Ayes’ and the ‘Noes’ totalled at 310. These circumstances mean that the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow gets to a cast a vote, and he voted with the ‘Noes’, meaning there will be no indicative votes on Monday.

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to meet with the Prime Minister again on Thursday as attempts continue to break the Brexit deadlock.

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